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Darwin and His Fabulous Orchids Screening

by Brea Aamoth on January 23rd, 2015


‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will have a special screening of the planetarium show Darwin and His Fabulous Orchids on Friday, January 30, 2015.  The screening is at 7 pm and is approximately 50 minutes in length.

Enjoy this fascinating journey into the secret life of orchids. In gigantic close-ups, the audience will learn the tricks used by the orchids to ensure their reproduction. Darwin once wrote that hardly anything else had fascinated him so much as orchids. In the immersive dome, sheet upon sheet of paper on which Darwin recorded his research will turn into a paper ocean, the expedition ship “The Beagle,” or the forest in which orchid hunters hoped to find everlasting fame. Experience a sensuous sea of flowers as well as the life and times of Charles Darwin.

Aesthetic, unique, impressive – this planetarium show will be an optically intense, but at the same time elegant experience. It is an introduction to the largest and most variedGal_all_041 family of plants as well as to the research carried out by Charles Darwin. Lose yourself in a sea of colors. Let yourself be carried away and intoxicated.

Orchids are amazingly seductive and full of tricks when it comes to attracting insects and ensuring pollination, which in turn means securing their own survival. Their creativity amazed Charles Darwin who carried out intensive research on this family of plants.

Although the show is in every detail biologically and historically authentic, the humorous side is not neglected. The atmosphere is in particular intensified by the visual atmosphere created by the designer Ralph Heinsohn and by a soundtrack which was composed and arranged exclusively for the show by the musician and sound designer Sven Lütgen.

It was produced at the Centre for Cultural and Scientific Communication at Kiel University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with the Botanical Garden of the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel and the motion pictures studio Tilt in Hamburg. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Ticket price is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to, or call (808) 969-9703.

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