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.
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.
Focusing on sustainability goals set by the United Nations, the online summer session will address concerns all nations are confronting such as climate change, cyclical poverty, and food insecurity, with special attention to challenges found in Hawaiʻi.
ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, an educational outreach organization at UH Hilo, is co-sponsoring the annual Waimea Solar System Walk, where children learn about the universe.