VIDEO: ʻImiloa Astronomy Center celebrates 10 year anniversary with community event

On Feb. 21, center ʻohana and community members celebrated with a day of food, fun and free activities for all ages.

The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, a world-class science education center, opened its doors ten years ago on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus. On Feb. 21, center ʻohana and community members celebrated with a day of food, fun and free activities for all ages.

The center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, programs and events engage children, families and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawaiʻi.

Reflecting on the past and excited for what lies ahead, ʻImiloa’s Executive Director Kaʻiu Kimura shares, “In the first ten years of ʻImiloa’s existence here in the community, we’ve really worked hard to provide educational opportunities that shared different perspectives regarding Maunakea, regarding astronomy, regarding our Hawaiian culture. In the next 10, we’re really looking at how we can bring these different perspectives together to dialogue, to learn from one another and to have more of a collective approach to how we share and provide educational opportunities for our community.”

While ʻImiloa hopes to grow, expand and enhance the way it impacts community in the future, inspiring these new generations of learners is something that will never change.

Kids taking a ride in a cute train with several cars.
Keiki get a ride on the train during ʻImiloa anniversary celebrations.

“The one thing that will continue to be a consistent here at ʻImiloa is how we reflect our name, ʻImiloa, this notion of always on this perpetual search for knowledge—not knowledge for knowledge’s sake but knowledge for the enrichment and empowerment of our community,” says Kimura.

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