Larry Kimura, an associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies at UH Hilo, was thrilled when he was approached to name the new discovery: “It’s an exciting discovery because we’ve always asked the question, ‘Is there life out there?’”
In honor of its discovery from Maunakea, the quasar was given the Hawaiian name Pōniuāʻena by thirty Hawaiian immersion school teachers during a workshop led by UH Hilo’s ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.
‘Imiloa will host a three-week, registration-only summer enrichment program for keiki called “Halau Lamaku” from July 13-31.
The Scouts “Stellar Night at the Museum” event was developed as a pilot to test the feasibility of ‘Imiloa’s partnering with local Scout troops to offer science merit badge-earning activities.
ʻImiloa@Home is a new educational resource that features hands-on activities and videos about native plants/species, Hawaiian navigation and astronomy.
Hawai‘i Business Magazine honors 20 people each year who they believe will have an important and positive impact on Hawai‘i over the next two decades. Ka‘iu Kimura is being honored for her work as director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at UH Hilo, where she is bringing Maunakea to the forefront through educational opportunities that couple the mountain’s culture and history with astronomy.
2,000 keiki, family and friends attended the celebration; this year’s theme focused on mālama ‘āina or caring for the land.
For her master’s thesis, nine-year ‘Imiloa veteran Emily Peavy conducted research on the efficacy of two different styles of teaching the public in a planetarium setting: interactive with a presenter, and passive with a movie. Participants in the study rated the educational and entertainment value of these two forms of programming.