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.
The garden is named in memory of Patricia Anna Weber Lee, whose family donated $200,000 to the center.
Colorful mermaids, unicorns, angels, centaurs, Pegasus, dragons, a gargoyle and Medusa are adorning the branches of the lighted seven-foot tree in the ‘Imiloa atrium, on display into January.
The name, which was chosen in consultation with Kaʻiu Kimura and Larry Kimura, reflects the way this object is like