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 the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death fungal disease. The 3rd Annual ‘Ōhi‘a Love Fest was held at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy
At two week-long summer camp programs held at ‘Imiloa—one in June and one in July called “Fantastic Bugs and Where to Find Them”—campers did “insectigations” of curious creatures and their habitats.
The children explored the water cycle, Poli‘ahu and snow on Maunakea, tracing weather patterns and hurricanes on “Science on a Sphere,” and learned about the challenges of packing water for a long-distance sail on Hōkūle‘a.
Foremost expert on Hawaiian language, Larry Kimura, and the executive director of an observatory atop Maunakea, Doug Simons, compare the first 11 lines of The Kumulipo creation chant to astronomy theories on the origins of the Universe.
The names were selected by Hawaiian immersion students during the groundbreaking A Hua He Inoa pilot nomenclature project started last year through ‘Imiloa, the UH Hilo astronomy center.
Kaʻiu Kimura, executive director of UH Hilo ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, gave the keynote address at the opening event to an audience of more than 2,000 attendees.
The collaboration across cultural leaders, astronomers, and UH Hilo’s student cohort culminated in the selection of Hawaiian names for two major astronomical discoveries.
More than a thousand people attended the festival where activities honored ‘ōhi‘a and the many people working to stop the spread of ROD and find effective treatments for it.