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 a scout or messenger sent from the distant past to reach out to the solar system. Two Hawaiian language experts
Countless UH students, faculty, staff and alumni served during the three-year voyage in myriad ways, as volunteers, navigators, captains and scientific researchers.
In honor of educator and public servant Ilima Piʻianaiʻa, the fund will benefit the astronomy center in perpetuity and enable the sharing of programming with current and future generations of young people.
Each semester a scholarship of $500 will be given to several students enrolled in one of the college’s degree programs who have been accepted into an internship program.