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‘Imiākea Series

by Brea Aamoth on January 22nd, 2016

Discovering Maunakea

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i announces an exciting new monthly program series entitled ʻImiākea: Discovering Maunakea. The new series is aimed at expanding understanding of all the dimensions represented by Maunakea.

“Since opening our doors in February 2006, ‘Imiloa has had an impact on several hundred thousand kama‘āina and visitors alike,” stated Ka‘iu Kimura, ‘Imiloa Executive Director. “Now as we enter our second decade, we are making a concerted effort to build on this work and expand our reach as we continue to honor Maunakea by inspiring new generations to carry on the Hawaiian traditions of exploration and discovery through modern science and technology.”

The ‘Imiākea series will consist of monthly events hosted at ‘Imiloa, ranging from performances and hands-on workshops with practitioners, to interactive panel discussions with experts in various fields, and community experiences. It may include all-day family events as well.

Kicking off the new series on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, will be an evening of mele and hula with two of Hilo’s own young and respected kumu hula, husband and wife Kekoa and Pele Harman. As graduates and faculty of ʻImiloa’s consortium partner, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, Kekoa and Pele are intimately involved in the Hawaiian language movement and community. Hula and mele, moreover, run deep in their roots as practitioners and back through their kūpuna; Pele is the moʻopuna (grandchild) of esteemed kumu hula, scholar and historian, Mary Kawena Pūkuʻi.

Join us for an evening of hula and conversation as Kekoa and Pele present and explore the mele “Maunakea,” in an appropriate beginning to the ʻImiākea series. Kekoa and Pele chose this mele because for its embodiment of a true sense of “aloha ʻāina” or love for place. “Maunakea” is understood to be one of several mele written for Queen Emma’s 1883 visit to Hawaiʻi Island, and it recounts her travels and notes unique characteristics of the areas dear to her heart, including Hilo, Puna and Kaʻū, all of which also hold special meaning for Kekoa and Pele and their ʻohana.

Don’t miss this special evening beginning a new journey into discovering the special place that is Maunakea.

Cost is $10 for Members; $15 for Non-members. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 932-8901.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at or call (808) 932-8901.

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