Led Zeppelin - The Planetarium Experience
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Led Zeppelin - The Planetarium Experience

The Led Zeppelin planetarium experience features a combination of dynamic full-dome graphics with Led Zeppelin classics pumping through the planetarium's surround sound system. From surrealistic environments to mood-provoking abstract art, this show puts both a modern and nostalgic spin on one of the best bands ever played in a planetarium show!

Show Playlist:
In The Evening - In Through the Out Door
Black Dog – Led Zeppelin IV
Over The Hills and Far Away - Houses of the Holy
Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin II
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin III
Bron-Yr-Aur - Physical Graffiti 
Kashmir - Physical Graffiti
Bonzo’s Montreux
D'Yer Mak’er – Houses of the Holy
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin IV
Ramble On - Led Zeppelin II

Tickets: $10 ($8 for Members)

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MOONS: Worlds of Mystery - Members Only Planetarium Show Preview!
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

MOONS: Worlds of Mystery - Members Only Planetarium Show Preview!

Members Only Planetarium Show Preview! | Saturday May 25 at 7pm

This FREE Preview is included in your membership... Call Now to Reserve Your Seats!

Members! Join us this Saturday, May 25th, for our new show preview of Moons: Worlds of Mystery. This engaging new planetarium show immerses you in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system.

Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Journey to the outer planets and their moons, returning home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate solar system in which we all live.

Call (808) 932-8901 or visit our Customer Services Desk to reserve your seats! Also, please check your membership status if planning to bring non-member guests (Only Dual, Patron and above Memberships allow for additional non-member guests).

Reserve your seats now for our NEW Planetarium Show!!

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ANDY McKEE HAWAII TOUR
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

ANDY McKEE HAWAII TOUR

Andy McKee, a master practitioner of multiple musical genres, will be performing a special concert on Thursday, May 30 at ‘Imiloa’s Moanahoku Hall.

Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. He stands out for his youthful energy, attention to song structure and melodic content. He entertains both the eye and ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.

Don’t miss this unique performance!

Tickets: $35 General Admission | $55 Gold Circle 

A portion of the proceeds to benefit ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Tickets to be purchased at www.bluesbearhawaii.com or call 808-896-4845

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STARGAZING LIVE
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

STARGAZING LIVE

View star clusters, nebulae and galaxies LIVE from the imaging telescopes at the Maunakea Visitor Center, all from the comfort of 'Imiloa's Planetarium! Join us on a journey to explore the stars and celestial objects from the 9,000 foot-level in real time!

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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NAVIGATING the NIGHT SKY
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

NAVIGATING the NIGHT SKY

View the night sky through the lens of Hawaiian Voyaging Tradition! 
Navigating the Night Sky is an interactive program that features observations from the Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Maunakea coupled with a presentation by 'Imiloa staff on the Oceanic navigational star lines and Hawaiian Star Compass.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Learn about the Hawaiian Night Sky at our monthly Maunakea Skies talk series where astronomers from the Maunakea Observatories speak about their recent discoveries and the fascinating science behind them.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

NETFLIX AND… STARGAZING?!?

Big Data and the Next Generation of Large Scale Astronomical Surveys.

When it comes to binge watching your favorite show on a streaming platform, or performing the next generation of large scale astronomical surveys, the one thing they both have in common is data, and lots of it! Astronomical surveys such as PAN-STAARS, the Zwicky Transit Facility (ZTF), and the upcoming Large Scale Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), monitor the sky for changes in our local Universe and beyond, and in sometimes covering vast areas of sky in a given night. These types of astronomical surveys can observe changes in  hundreds of thousands, or potentially millions of objects per night. With such a high cadence across multiple wavelengths, these surveys can generate volumes of data ranging from a few Gigabytes, to a many Terabytes per night. With this overwhelming volume of data, how do we find objects of interest such as supernovae, transiting exoplanets, near-Earth Asteroids, or other exotic astrophysical phenomena, against the background noise? How do we cope with the sheer volume of detections that such surveys produce, and how do we store, process and make available, all this data? Solving this is one of the most pressing challenges in astronomy, in the era of 'Big Data'. 

We will explore how we solve these problems within the context of the ZTF survey, and consider what we can learn from other in the big data business, such as streaming platforms like Netflix, cloud computing services like Amazon S3. We will also explore virtualizing our infrastructure can help make it as efficient and cost-effective as possible. 

Christopher Phillips is an astrophysicist and research scientist working on the Zwicky Transit Facility, at the University of Washington. His research interests lie in the realm of time-domain astronomy and the detection and classification of transient astrophysical objects. His previous research includes using statistical methods to identify exoplanet candidates in Kepler space telescope data. Christopher is an 'Imiloa Astronomy Center alumni, and a member of the Maunakea 'ohana.

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MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs
Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs

Friday, April 26 Merrie Monarch Presentations

Friday, April 26 at 10:00am - Papakōlea's Finest

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A musical performance that honors the lands, history, and families of Papakōlea, Honolulu, Oʻahu.  In the late 1800s, many Hawaiians were displaced from their land in rural parts of Oʻahu.  Several of those families moved onto public lands above Punchbowl crater looking for a healthy, self-sufficient life.  They created the first neighborhood of Papakōlea.  Through their stories of resilience and perseverance, the Hawaiian identity within this region is strong and vibrant. This special performance will share the rich stories and history of Papakōlea, a Native Hawaiian community that continues to be a source of cultural knowledge and pride.  The performance will be given by some of Papakōlea's finest, the Asing ʻOhana - Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, ʻĀina Asing and Puka Asing.  Join them as they share familial stories through mele.

Friday, April 26 at 1:00pm - Hawai'i's Music At Its Finest

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A musical performance that features some of Hawai'i's finest musical artists - Kainani Kahaunaele, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, Kīhei Nahale-a, and Sean Nāleimaile.  These artists are Grammy Award winners, Nā Hōkū Hanohano awardees, singers, songwriters, producers, parents, educators, friends, and lāhui uplifters.  They will be sharing their experiences and their innovative music that builds upon the legacy of Hawaiian musicians of the past and encourages people to rediscover, reconnect and reinstill what Hawaiian music and performers of Hawaiian music represent.

Reserve your tickets now by calling (808) 932-8901 or in person at our Guests Services Desk.

Pre-Sale Tickets: Members $10, Non-Members $12, Day of $15

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MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs

Thursday, April 25 Merrie Monarch Presentations

Thursday, April 25 at 10:00am - ʻĪlālāʻole Hula Tradition presented by Kumu Hula Kimo Alama and Kaʻiulani Damas

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ʻĪlālāʻole passed away in 1965 and was the last of the nineteenth century chanters and kumu hula to have lived in the 20th century. He was very well respected in the community not only for hula and mele but also for his extensive knowledge of things Hawaiian. He had lived with Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani as a boy while he attended the Royal School. Because of his being a part of the Kamehameha family, he is largely responsible for much of the repertory of the chants and hula that we have for the Kamehameha family today. Queen Emma was his favorite aliʻi and she would stay with the ʻĪlālāʻole family when she passed through Kaʻū and Puna. We are fortunate for her chants and dances, as well as those for Kamehameha IV, that were remembered and passed on through ʻĪlālāʻole. His approach to hula comes from a definite Hawaiian mind and heart.

ʻĪlālāʻole learned hula from a grandfather who taught hula in Kaʻū and one of his teachers was 100 years old! This means that the teacher was born and raised before contact with the outside world and those chants and hula were definitely of ancient traditions. When ʻĪlālāʻole's daughter, “Mama Betty” Atkinson, passed away, she named Kimo Alama Keaulana as a “hānai” son. As a hānai, he is proud and privileged to be a part of this impressive hula family and lineage.

Thursday, April 25 at 1:00pm - Bringing Stories to Life Through Hula Kiʻi

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Hula Preservation Society (HPS) presents the rare form of Hula Kiʻi with nā Kumu Aulii Mitchell, Mauliola Cook, and Kaponoai Molitau.  In Hula Kiʻi, the dancer becomes the image, or manipulates and dances with a puppet. Along with live performances of Hula Kiʻi from their three distinct hula lines, HPS will share archival photos and videos of our late masters skilled in this rich and challenging genre. Hula Kiʻi holds great depth to help preserve and tell the stories of Hawaiʻi, both then and now. 

Aulii Mitchell grew up immersed in hula, Hawaiian culture, and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. His lineage includes his mother, Aana Cash Mitchell, who was trained by her father, Charles Kahiwahiwa Cash, who was trained by masters Mary Kawena Pukui, Pua Haaheo, and Joseph Ilalaole. Aulii is Kumu for Hālau o Kahiwahiwa in Hawaiʻi, and Hālau o Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa in Auckland, New Zealand.  He works with Cultural Surveys Hawaiʻi as a Cultural Anthropologist and Advisor.

Mauliola Cook has been a dedicated student of hula, language, history, and culture since 1978 and subsequently became Auntie Nona Beamerʻs protégé in the art of Hula Kiʻi, or Hawaiian Puppetry. Mauli works with school children and teachers throughout the islands in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian-focused charter schools, and Arts Education programs.  For more than 20 years, she has led the Kauaʻi branch of Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima for her Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine.

Kaponoai Molitau is the hānai son of renowned Kumu John Keola Lake, and it is to “Papa Lake” that he attributes his cultural immersion and grounding in the ways of his ancestors.  His many kuleana include leading Hālau Nā Hanona Kulike ʻo Piʻilani with his sister Sissy Lake, running his Maui store Native Intelligence, and serving as kahuna nui of Puʻukoholā Heiau on Hawai`i Island.  His kiʻi training includes both the body form as well as puppet manipulation.

Hula Preservation Society (HPS) was established in 2000 under the inspiration of beloved Kumu Hula Auntie Nona Beamer. The non-profit has worked with treasured hula elders throughout the Hawaiian Islands to build a distinctive cultural digital library filled with their unique stories, authentic voices, and personal histories which span the 20th century of Hawai

Reserve your tickets now by calling (808) 932-8901 or in person at our Guests Services Desk.

Pre-Sale Tickets: Members $10, Non-Members $12, Day of $15

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MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

MERRIE MONARCH Cultural Enrichment Programs

Wednesday, April 24 Merrie Monarch Presentations

The Battle of Kuamoʻo - 10:00am & 1:00pm Performances

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Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi High School presents The Battle of Kuamoʻo, an opera sung entirely in the Hawaiian language, which tells the story of the fateful conflict after the death of King Kamehameha between regional chief Kekuaokalani, loyal to the traditional customs and religion, and Liholiho, the new king swayed by his regent mother to end the old ways to make way for the new.  Through music, traditional dance and chant the story is retold of the fate of an island nation shaped by a single battle.  This 90-minute performance promises to be culturally educational and entertaining.

In preparation for the performance, students in the cast of The Battle of Kuamo‘o traveled to the ahapua‘a of Kuamo‘o, hosted by Dr. Kamana Beamer and Monika Frazier of Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Āina.  They visited the battlefield at Lekeleke (above the Sheraton), the heiau built by Kekuaokalani, and the place where Kekuaokalani and Manono are believed to have fallen.  They listened to mo‘olelo handed down by Dr. Beamer’s ‘ohana, lineal descendants of Kekuaokalani and Manono, and contributed briefly to the conservation efforts there.  They walked the path their kūpuna walked, and tried to imagine what it must have been like not only during the battle but also during times of peace when petroglyphs were carved and kōnane games were played on picturesque cliffs overlooking the tranquil ocean.

This talented group will travel to Scotland this summer to perform the opera at the international Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2019.  ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is proud to host the first performance of the opera by the traveling cast.

Twenty-five students were selected to represent Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i, and the United States at the Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts festival.  An annual festival throughout the month of August, the Fringe features more than 3,000 international productions.

Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi was first invited to perform in 2016, the first time for a Hawai‘i Island school, and a first for any Kamehameha Schools campus.  Nineteen students made the trip in August of 2016 to present the Hawaiian opera Hā‘upu.  Upon its return to Hawaiʻi, the school was immediately invited to perform in 2019.  

Reserve your tickets now by calling (808) 932-8901 or in person at our Guests Services Desk.

Pre-Sale Tickets: Members $10, Non-Members $12, Day of $15

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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

EXTREME JET EJECTIONS from the Black Hole V404 Cygni

Come learn about how these powerful outflows deposit significant amounts of energy and matter into the surrounding medium, affecting star formation, galaxy evolution, and even the distribution of matter into the universe.

Presented by Dr. Alexandra Tetarenko, EAO Fellow, East Asian Observatory

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

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WE the VOYAGERS: OUR VAKA
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

WE the VOYAGERS: OUR VAKA

Special Screening & Talk Story - Thursday, April 18th at 7:00pm

ʻImiloa is proud to host the Hawai‘i Island premiere of a groundbreaking new documentary, We the Voyagers: Our Vaka onThursday, April 18 at 7pm in the Moanahoku Hall. Produced by the The Vaka Taumako Project, the film presents the largely untold story of an unbroken wayfinding tradition on Taumako in the remote Solomon Islands, where ancient canoe building and sailing technologies were never lost, as they were in Hawai‘i and the rest of Polynesia.

The 58-minute film will be introduced by Chad Kālepa Baybayan, ‘Imiloa’s Navigator-in-Residence. Following the screening, Baybayan will talk story with the film’s producer, Dr. Marianne (Mimi) George, a Hawai‘i-based anthropologist who has nearly 30 years of experience with Taumako maritime history. Baybayan and George will discuss the divergent histories of wayfinding revival within and outside Polynesia, as well as the Vaka Taumako Project’s efforts to support the construction of new canoes and training of the next generation of youth in Taumako.

Reserve your tickets now by calling (808) 932-8901 or in person at our Guests Services Desk.

Tickets: $12 ($10 for Members) 

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PŌWEHI - Hawaii and the Event Horizon Telescope
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

PŌWEHI - Hawaii and the Event Horizon Telescope

FREE ADMISSION & LIVE STREAMING at http://go.hawaii.edu/Ruj

PŌWEHI - Hawaii and the Event Horizon Telescope

Friday, April 12 at 6pm at Haleʻōlelo on the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus.

113 Nowelo St. Hilo, HI 96720

The Event Horizon Telescope is an international collaboration aiming to capture the first image of a black hole by creating a virtual Earth-sized telescope.

Join us to talk story about the groundbreaking results from the Event Horizon Telescope and the pioneering role Hawaii telescopes, the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and the Submillimeter Array, played in this nearly-impossible experiment, and to explore the way in which Hawaiian language and culture are enriching astronomy with a bridge to a new, yet old, understanding of the cosmos.

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TALES of the MAYA SKIES with DIRECTOR JIN AN WONG  |  NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

TALES of the MAYA SKIES with DIRECTOR JIN AN WONG | NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

Tales Of The Maya Skies and Talk Story with Director, Arne Jin An Wong.

Known to be one of the most advanced and complex civilizations in the World, the Maya are marveled for their remarkable and immense varied knowledge and skills, ranging from food and art to architecture, textiles and science.

Directed by Arne Jin An Wong, Tales of the Maya Skies is a thoughtful and creative production about the history and culture of the Maya people in the Yucatan that showcases the Maya’s contributions to science, mathematics, and astronomy. This dynamic program explores the evolution of Maya Astronomy from mythology—stories to unravel the mysteries of life—to astrology—using the stars to guide one’s life—to scientific observational Astronomy— understanding our universe based on facts not faith, all within the settings of ‘Imiloa’s planetarium and full-dome digital presentation.

An added special component of this presentation will include a talk story session with the show’s director, Arne Jin An Wong. He will address the impact of the Maya’s incredible achievements on our world today and what we learned from their successes and mistakes. Wong will also share how new technologies developed for the production of this show served to further archeological exploration. Behind the scenes stories will cover his extensive and fascinating experiences throughout the entire journey in directing this unique program, from countless research and intense interviews to awe-inspiring site visits.

In 2009, he directed and served as art director for Tales Of The Maya Skies which won awards in Germany at the 2010 Full Dome Summit Conference. Wong and his wife moved to South Kona, Island of Hawaii in 2016. He continues to work by teaching animation and giving his time to the local community, art centers and public schools, and is currently working on his own graphic novels.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

NOTICE: THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!!

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Pink Floyd - The Planetarium Experience - 7PM SOLD OUT!  8PM STILL AVAILABLE!
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Pink Floyd - The Planetarium Experience - 7PM SOLD OUT! 8PM STILL AVAILABLE!

The Dark Side of the Moon comes to life in all its glory, in this full dome digital presentation that truly has to be seen to believe. Lose yourself in the waves of colors, images, animations and fractals that dance along to this epic masterpiece. From "Breathe", to "Money", to "Eclipse", the digital interpretation of the songs takes audiences on an immersive thrill ride for the senses.  Presented in fulldome digital video and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, this is the ultimate way to enjoy this classic album!

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

7pm - 8pm Show is Sold Out!

8pm - 9pm Show is Still Available!

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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

A Hua He Inoa

Propelling Hawaiian Language and Traditions to the Global Astronomical Stage

A Hua He Inoa - a collaborative effort lead by ʻImiloa - is shifting global paradigms, positioning Hawai‘i as the first place in the world to weave traditional indigenous practices into the process of officially naming astronomical discoveries.  As Hawaiʻi celebrates 35 years of revitalizing ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language), we acknowledge the capacity and relevance of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi -- and the worldview that it informs -- in modern contexts.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members

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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

The Hawaiian Heavens: My Photographic Journey to Capture the Hawaiian Skies

Hawai`i's unique location on Earth offers the best view of the heavens from the ground. As a Hawai`i-based astronomer I will tell my personal story in capturing and photographing the incredibly beautiful night sky on and around the islands. Since many of my photos are intimately tied to the Mauna Kea Observatories, I will also delve into the technical side of running world-class telescopes, and how we continually push the boundaries on our knowledge of the Universe.

Dr. Chu is a graduate from the University of Hawai`i Institute for Astronomy where he received his doctoral degree studying luminous infrared galaxies both near and far.  Born and raised in Southern California, he attended the University of California at Berkeley where he earned his Bachelor's degree in both physics and astrophysics.  He is currently a Science Fellow at Gemini North Observatory based in Hilo, HI.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Happy New Year, New Horizons!

This talk will detail the January 1 flyby of the Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule (MU69) by the New Horizons spacecraft.

It will also cover the mission, the Pluto Flyby and discuss why the Kuiper Belt is important for our understanding of the Solar System.

Tickets: $10 Non-Members / $8 for Individual, Family and Dual Members / $6 for Patron Members / FREE for Silver and Gold Members
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Hawaii’s Greatest Export

Knowledge is Hawaii’s greatest export. In this talk, we’ll explore highlights of the science that has come from Hawaii over all scientific disciplines and we’ll discover that Hawaii has made major contributions to humankind’s understanding of almost all aspects of the world around us.  We’ll explore Hawaii’s contribution to numerous scientific fields including atmospheric science by examining work done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Mauna Loa Observatory, earth sciences by highlighting volcanology and the contributions made by the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, and biology by looking at what have learned during the conservation efforts for the ‘Alala.  We’ll conclude with one astronomer’s selection of research highlights that have come out of observatories on Maunakea including black holes, planets around other stars, and what we might learn about these other worlds in the coming decades.

Hosted by Josh Walawender, Support Astronomer, W. M. Keck Observatory

Tickets: $10 ( $8 for Members)
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MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

MAUNAKEA SKIES Astronomy Talk Series

Living off the Martian Land: Solutions for Colonizing Mars

Space exploration and future planetary colonization is exciting to dream about. However, before humankind can venture to the Red Planet and beyond, we have many obstacles to overcome. One major problem is the expense of space travel. The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is researching how to mitigate costs by creating novel construction materials using the rock and dust found on places like Mars, sparing costly expenses of transporting resources from Earth.

Tickets: $10 ( $8 for Members)
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Kavli Lecture Series
Nov
9
3:30 PM15:30

Kavli Lecture Series

The Cosmos in a Heartbeat, presented by Dr. Shane Larson

This Friday, November 9th, in our Cyber CANOE exhibit, we will be live streaming this fascinating series from 3:30-5:00pm. The first 30 participants will have access to smartphone VR headsets compatible with most devices. Come check it out in VR! This event is included in the price of admission.

A human lifetime is more than a hundred million times shorter than the current age of the Universe. Whether you are a professional astronomer, or a casual backyard stargazer, you have only a few decades to drink it all in—to wonder how it works and how you got here.

The cosmos is full of strange happenings that we sometimes are lucky enough to witness because we happened to be paying attention to the stories the Universe is telling us. These tales are carried on bursts of light, showers of subatomic particles, and the faint whisperings of gravity, and every day that passes, we’re getting better at deciphering them.

In our lifetimes, we will only ever have a glimpse of the cosmos. But that glimpse is enough to transform our perceptions in dramatic ways and to answer the oldest questions we have about what the Universe is doing all around us.

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ʻOhiʻa Love Fest
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

ʻOhiʻa Love Fest

Join us for the ‘Ohi’a Love Fest on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 from 9 am to 4 pm at ‘Imiloa for a fun FREE festival celebrating ‘ohi’a trees! There will be Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) information, live music, entertainment, talks, games, prizes, face painting, a photo booth, educational booths and displays, crafts, demonstrations on how to reduce the spread of Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death, free admission into ʻImiloa, food, and so much more!

We will also be offering $10 off all levels of ‘Imiloa membership, whether you are new to ʻImiloa or renewing your membership. This discount will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site. Even if your membership isn’t about to expire, you are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early! And if you aren’t a member yet, Become a Member …and Make Every Day a Free Day!

This will be a zero-waste event, so donʻt forget your reusable water bottle! Weʻll have free refill-stations with ice-cold water!

For more information about Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death please visit: rapidohiadeath.org.

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Maunakea Skies Astronomy Talk Series: Dancing Galaxies
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Maunakea Skies Astronomy Talk Series: Dancing Galaxies

Dancing Galaxies: how to make new stars, feed massive black holes, and send out very fast electrons

When galaxies collide they take a couple of billion years to do so.  Our Milky Way and Andromeda will merge in the distant future. If you had a few billion years to spare and stare at the night sky you would observe a slow and gracious dance. Stars, gas, dust, and dark matter of the two galaxies affected at first mostly by the gravity of their own galaxies, will change their orbits and structures as they become more affected by the gravity of two, now merging galaxies.

The changing gravitational potential pulls and compresses some of the cold gas which then clump quicker into dense disks that precede the formation of new stars. The new stars then transform their surroundings with impressive outputs of light, energetic particles, metals, and even tiny dust grains.  While some gas will fuel star-formation, other gas will be forced to slow down its rotation, and swirl down into the central super-massive black hole. 

In this presentation we will look at how this scenario was put together based on multi-wavelength, multi-epoch, multi-facilities observations of gravitationally interacting galaxies. We will also discuss some of the remaining burning questions about merging galaxies that keep extragalactic-astronomers glued to their data. 

Presenter Bio - A. Petric immigrated from Romania to New York City at 14, graduated high-school at 16 with the misplaced hope that in college she will figure out how to extract energy from black-holes and also get a job at the United Nations to bring peace and equality for all.  While those goals were not very well informed or feasible, Petric got her PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia University in 2008 studying cosmological dust: how it’s made, how we can find it between galaxies, and how it was not confusing our estimates of dark energy.  After Columbia University, Petric went to the California Institute of Technology to study nearby, gravitationally interacting galaxies and identify which of them were harboring growing super-massive black holes at their cores.  In 2013 Petric moved to Hawaii first as a Gemini Science Fellow and then as the UH resident astronomer at CFHT.  Her current research focuses on how growing super-massive black holes affect the ability of their host galaxies to make new stars. She also has the privilege to teach undergraduate students at the University of Hawaii, Hilo and graduate students at University of Hawaii, Manoa. She also mentored several fantastic students in the last few years, several of whom have gone on to graduate school, and/or are now employed in Astronomy. In her spare time she volunteers for class-room visits, collaborates with local artists to come up with art-astronomy educational activities for kids and adults, works with the Big Island Giving Tree, tries hard not to be the last one in local swim races, and tries even harder to work with organizations that want to bring peace and equality for all. 

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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Ranger Visit at ʻImiloa
Aug
12
9:00 AM09:00

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Ranger Visit at ʻImiloa

Sunday, July 29 and Sunday, August 5 from 9am-5pm
A Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ranger will be giving updates on the current eruption, including presentation on volcano geology, rock, ash and Pele's hair.
Come talk story and get all the latest eruption news.
Ranger presentation is included in the price of regular admission.

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