‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to celebrate 12th anniversary with Birthday Pā‘ina, free to the public, Feb. 25

The theme of the event, Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i, will feature exciting activities for the entire ‘ohana centered around Hawaiian language.


EVENT: Birthday Pā‘ina, a celebration of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 12th anniversary.
DATE: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, University Park of Science and Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map).

Free to the general public.

The theme of the event, Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language), will feature exciting activities for the entire ‘ohana (family) centered around Hawaiian language. Organizations from across the island will be there to share Hawaiian language and practices of Hawaiian culture.

Ka‘iu Kimura
Ka‘iu Kimura

“As a bilingual center, ‘Imiloa strives to share our ‘ōlelo Hawai’i with both visitors and locals alike through our exhibits, interactions and programming,” says Ka‘iu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa. “We’re thrilled to observe our 12th year of exploration at ‘Imiloa with the theme of Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i, which is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Hawaiian language.”

There will be free birthday cake to the first 1,000 visitors, a scavenger hunt, hula lessons, games, native garden activity, engaging activities in ‘Imiloa’s exhibit hall, special shows for family and kids in the planetarium, science explorations, various displays and activities hosted by community partners, such as UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language, Maunakea Observatories and more.

The goal is have everyone who comes to the Birthday Pā‘ina to learn new Hawaiian words, the names of native plants and more about Hawaiian culture.

As a special birthday gift to the community and for one day only, ‘Imiloa will offer $10 off all levels of membership, both for new and renewing members. This will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, Feb. 25. Current members are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew their memberships early.

KTA Super Stores is a major sponsor of the event. Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the day at a KTA food booth.


-Read full post on the ‘Imiloa Blog.