Imiloa, Hilo Attractions | Mission & History
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KE ALA NU‘UKIA: Our Mission
'Imiloa's mission is to honor Maunakea by sharing Hawaiian culture and science to inspire exploration.

KA NU‘UKIA: Our Vision
‘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.


‘Imiloa means to seek far and is the Hawaiian word both explore and explorer. Though a Hawai‘i lens, we explore our place in the genealogy of the universe and continually seek, learn, and adapt to our ever-evolving environment that inspires discovery and innovation through three core values.
1. Kama‘āina
We honor our relationship to land, sea and sky and share this connection through personal and enlightened hospitality.
2. Na‘auao
We steward our collective knowledge and wisdom as provisional resources that illuminate our community today and tomorrow.
3. Hanakahi
We work together, drawing upon individual strengths and talents to harness our collective synergy and advance the mission of ‘Imiloa. 

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is a gathering place that advances the integration of science and indigenous culture. Our diverse exhibits, programs and events harness leading technologies, environmental resources, and cultural practitioners to engage children, families, and communities in exciting ways.
We are an integral part of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and therefore committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i Island and state. Through strategic partnerships with programs of the University, Hawai‘i‐based observatories, local businesses and schools, we create opportunities that strengthen career awareness and workforce development, and contribute to our community sustainability.

See more on our History, our Building and our Educational Programs.