An article recently published in the online journal Nature Astronomy applauds the ability of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to intersect indigenous knowledge with astronomy.
Alex Bischer is in the professional master’s internship track of the tropical conservation biology and environmental science graduate program at UH Hilo. His palila work is designed to prepare him to actively contribute as a scientist in environmental and conservation fields.
At a public presentation, the Hawaiian language scholar and the research scientist compared the first 11 lines of an ancient Hawaiian creation chant to modern astronomical theories of the origins of the universe. The similarity between the two is astonishing.
At a workshop held on campus last Friday, astronomer Heather Kaluna and philosopher Celia Bardwell-Jones shared the example of their friendship to illustrate the value of civil discourse.
“The task of ethics within the context of civil disobedience is to open up the realm of thinking about one’s values and viewpoints,” says Associate Professor of Philosophy Celia Bardwell-Jones.
The black hole—discovered by a collaborative effort of eight telescopes at six locations around the globe—was named Pōwehi, which means embellished dark source of unending creation.The name was chosen by UH Hilo Hawaiian language professor and cultural practitioner Larry Kimura.
The “reflecting wall” exhibit at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites visitors to write and post their thoughts and perspectives about Maunakea.
Chun will oversee relevant UH programs to ensure recognition of Maunakea’s natural, cultural, educational and scientific resources and will report directly to UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin.
The name of the telescope instrument, Nāmakanui (The Big Eyes), to be installed at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Maunakea, refers to the three individual receivers that make up the instrument, each of which Kimura named after three red-colored, big-eyed species of nocturnal fish: ‘Ū‘ū, ‘Āweoweo, and ‘Ala‘ihi.