ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, in conjunction with its Hawaiian naming program, announced the name for Leleakūhonua, which has the largest orbit of any dwarf planet or trans-neptunian object in the solar system.
The panel of five presenters are Snake Ah Hee, Kālepa Baybayan, John Kruse, Gordon Piʻianaiʻa, and Billy Richards. Dan Mclnerny, executive director of the Ama Olukia Foundation, will introduce and moderate the presentation.
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.