The proposed names Leimakua and Kawelo were chosen to honor ancestral knowledge and the familial bond between the planet and star.
With new programs for the whole ‘ohana—activities, crafts, community art, entertaining and educational films—‘Imiloa is extending its hours through the holiday season!
“I kū mau mau, i kū wā! All at once! All together! Don’t miss out! I encourage you to participate, come ignite curiosity and the intention of this season! Pohā kō‘ele‘ele!”—Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani
It’s a delightful surprise to visitors when they discover the gigantic dinosaurs on exhibit are not statues, they are animatronics with motion sensors and sound. It’s as if they are alive!
ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, an educational outreach facility at UH Hilo, features an award-winning landscape of endemic, indigenous, and Polynesian-introduced plants.
Ka‘iu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center at UH Hilo, will lead the conference’s first session. Larry Kimura, associate professor at UH Hilo’s College of Hawaiian Language, will discuss similarities between ancestral knowledge and modern astronomy.
ʻImiloa will present a Halloween Spooktacular Weekend featuring Halloween-themed planetarium programs, a Haunted Galaxy Gallery, Halloween Make and Take Crafts, and a Garden Scavenger Hunt.
New Mexico’s U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, along with Hawai‘i’s U.S. Reps. Ed Case and Kai Kahele, discussed UH Hilo programs with faculty and staff. Fernández and Case serve on the U.S. House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.