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Japan Foundation for Promotion of Astronomy Awards Grant to ‘Imiloa

Hawaiʻi Island schoolchildren will enjoy greater access to educational experiences at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in 2016, thanks to the generosity of the Japan Foundation for Promotion of Astronomy (JFPA) through Subaru Telescope.  Earlier this month, the foundation awarded a grant of ¥800,000 ($7,200) to ‘Imiloa for its school field trip program, with the funds designated to help support roundtrip transportation costs for schools outside Hilo.

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Creatures of the Sea Adorn Holiday Tree

Origami on Display at ‘Imiloa

Creatures of the Sea Adorn Holiday Tree 
It takes a village to create an origami holiday tree—a village of folders from around the world!  This week the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center unveils a unique holiday tree in its atrium, decorated with nearly 100 paper models folded by origami artists from several continents.  The theme of the installation is “Creatures of the Sea” with a 7.5’ lighted tree serving as a backdrop for colorful paper schools of fish, sea mammals, seaweed, and even a surfer on surfboard riding a curling wave.
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Kona Harp Ensemble Returns to ‘Imiloa for Two Holiday Concerts!


Back by popular demand, Kona Harp Ensemble returns to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for two holiday concerts on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Kona Harp Ensemble’s beautiful blend of multiple harps, various traditional flutes, a synth and percussion are sure to put you in the holiday mood while they perform “under the stars” of the ‘Imiloa Planetarium.  
The December 4 event will begin with a Wine & Cheese Hour at 6:00 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:00 p.m.  A variety of cheeses, breads, fruits, cured meats, nuts, desserts and more will be included with one glass of wine. Additional glasses of wine will be available on a cash bar basis.  Tickets are $45.00 for members and $50 for non-members.  The December 13 event will be an 11:00 a.m. concert only.  Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
To purchase tickets, please call front desk at 808-969-9703. 
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12 Teas of Christmas with JoAnn Aguirre


Tea Chats with JoAnn Aguirre

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

11:30 a.m.

At Moanahoku Hall

Join us for an Afternoon Tea & Chat that will be sure to put you in the holiday mood.  Treat someone special or come with friends and family.  Partake in tea, scones and desserts provided by Teaching Tea and dainty finger sandwiches created by Chef Jackie Tan De Witt of Moonstruck Patisserie, all presented on an eclectic collection of fine china.  Come spend this Sunday with us as JoAnn Aguirre presents her talk on “The Twelve Teas of Christmas” while also incorporating twelve different teas into this festive event.  Live holiday music provided by Solé. 

$50 for members, $60 for non-members

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8th Annual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival

Hilo, Hawai‘i – Experience the “Spirit of the Wayfinder” at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 8th Annual Wayfinding & Navigation Festival sponsored by the Ama OluKai Foundation. This annual community festival explores the art and science of oceanic wayfinding, the traditional Polynesian system of navigating the open ocean without the use of modern instrumentation. Themed He Waʻa He Moku, Honoring the Spirit of the Waʻa and the ʻĀina, this full-day event takes place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Ama OluKai Foundation, the event is free and open to the public.

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