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.
The meeting of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers and students was held in Honolulu. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s exhibit focused on the parallels between Hawaiian culture and science.
An article recently published in the online journal Nature Astronomy applauds the ability of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to intersect indigenous knowledge with astronomy.
The “reflecting wall” exhibit at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites visitors to write and post their thoughts and perspectives about Maunakea.
‘Imiloa’s big-picture mission is to connect the scientific work being done on Maunakea with the language and culture of Hawai‘i.
Emphasis was on keiki activities at booths and tables where young ones could learn about sanitation practices to protect against