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The Physics of Pō and The Pō of Physics

  • ʻImiloa Astronomy Center 600 Imiloa Place Hilo, HI, 96720 United States (map)
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A special evening presentation by Larry Kimura, Associate Professor, Hawaiian Language & Hawaiian Studies and Doug Simons, Executive Director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on studies done on the first 11 lines of the Kumulipo, incorporating astronomy theories on the origins of the Universe.

Kumulipo is the most significant and historic Hawaiian creation chant that has survived to modern times. With more than 2,000 lines, it tells of a fathomless source of power (deep darkness) that evolves increasingly into complex life forms.  It has been compared to ancient Greek accounts of creation.  

King Kalākaua, Hawai'i's seventh ruling monarch, inherited the chant, which honors several of his ancestors.  In 1889, the King had the Kumulipo printed in its entirety. As a result, the chant has survived while many other genealogical chants have not. 

This July 25th special talk will address the Kumulipo's first 11 lines and relate that to astronomy theories on the origins of the Universe.

Tickets: $10 Non-Member/ $8 Member

Only at ʻImiloa

Later Event: July 26