COVID-19 restrictions allow ʻImiloa to open on the weekends, for now. Guests will have 2-hour time blocks to visit the site where eager keiki and their ʻohana can explore the planetarium, exhibits, and enhanced displays.
In addition to her communication duties at the commercial space flight company Blue Origin, Sarah Knights (Bachelor of Science in Astronomy, 2006) also is an astronaut trainer and developed all astronaut training curriculum.
John Kahiapo is known in his professional and volunteer work as role model for countless students and community members. Colleagues at the Department of Land and Natural Resources say education, outreach, and enforcement are wrapped into one for the dedicated conservationist.
Once a Hawaiian language student at UH Hilo, Kainani Kahaunaele is now a lecturer at the university’s Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language. She’s also a highly successful musician and four-time Na Hoku Hanohano award winner.
Enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to attend in-person classes will take place only after a vaccine is fully approved by the FDA. However, the vaccine requirement will be enforced this fall for students who live in on-campus housing at UH Mānoa and UH Hilo because of the close communal contact.