A Fine Balance Between Kumulipo & Science
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, is an astronomy and culture education center located in Hilo, Hawaii. The $28 million, 40,000-square-foot exhibition and planetarium complex sits on nine acres in the University of Hawaii’s Science and Technology Park, nearby the UH-Hilo campus.
‘Imiloa features native gardens, exhibits and shows dealing with Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy, and the overlap between them. The complex also contains the Museum Store & gift shop, located in the Atrium & the Sky Garden Restaurant.
The 120-seat planetarium features a fulldome video projection system and it’s exclusive signature show called, “Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky.” Additional small theaters show a Kumulipo (Hawaiian origins) story, and an astronomy “birth of the universe” 3D presentation.
The bilingual exhibits (Hawaiian and English) offer two views of Origins and Voyages, presenting the tools, visions and discoveries of the astronomers and the Polynesian voyagers, the first group of people whom voyaged to Hawaii from the Marquesas Islands.
The award-winning landscape at ‘Imiloa provides visitors with a glimpse into Hawaii’s pristine, native ecosystem. The native landscape is a living exhibit of endemic, indigenous, and Polynesian-introduced; canoe plants consisting of over 50 native plant species from Hawaii’s different microenvironments.
‘Imiloa visitors will leave with knowledge to astronomy a new understanding of the early Polynesians, who used the stars to find these isolated islands in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian people view these Polynesian long-distance canoe explorers as the first astronomers to Hawai’i.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is open to the public and available for class & group tours as well as business events, dinner parties, weddings, reunions, and other private functions.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center
600 ‘Imiloa Place
Hilo, HI 96720
808-969-9753 or 808-935-8888