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‘Imiloa’s Annual Family Day is Sunday (March 9)



Celebrate ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s 8th anniversary at ‘Imiloa’s Annual Family Day sponsored by KTA Super Stores. This year’s event also celebrates Journey through the Universe’s 10th anniversary and takes place on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of KTA Super Stores, this joint celebration is offered free to the community.

‘Imiloa’s Family Day starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. The first 500 keiki visitors will receive a special ‘Imiloa giveaway to take home. The day’s offerings include complimentary access to ‘Imiloa’s exhibit hall, free 20 minute planetarium programs, garden tours, as well as the Journey through the Universe presentations featuring inspiring astronomy talks every hour. For the hungry visitors, KTA Super Stores will have food options like chili and rice, hotdogs, and salad for purchase, and free birthday cake will be served to the first 1,000 visitors.

The special engaging and inspiring presentations by Journey through the Universe astronomy professionals will start at 10:00 a.m., including returning favorites like Dr. Scott Fisher and Kevin Caruso.

Hands-on activities showcasing nano-technology (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter wide) will be featured at stations in the exhibit hall throughout the day. Come and explore the ‘Imiloa nano programs with messages for a sustainable Hawai‘i.

“We have appreciated the support of the local community these eight years and want to say ‘Mahalo’ and invite the public to the Center. The local community has embraced ‘Imiloa’s presence in a way that we could have never imagined and we are incredibly grateful for their loyalty and belief in our mission. Opening our doors free to the community is our way of showing gratitude for that support, made possible by the generosity of the KTA Super Stores ‘ohana,” says Ka‘iu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i. “We want to thank Barry Taniguchi and the entire KTA ‘ohana for their kōkua.”

A special membership discount of $10 off all levels of ‘Imiloa membership, whether you are new to ‘Imiloa or renewing your membership, will be offered this day. This party favor will be given to those who come help us celebrate ‘Imiloa’s 8th anniversary. Memberships must be purchased on-site on Sunday, March 9th. Even if your membership isn’t about to expire you are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early.

‘Imiloa’s Sky Garden Restaurant is open early for breakfast at 7 a.m. and remain open until 4 p.m. with a daylong breakfast menu, selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups, and weekend lunch buffet. The Center will have outdoor benches and tables available for outdoor enjoyment and picnics. Sky Garden Restaurant is open for Sunday dinner starting at 5:00 p.m.

Hilo’s “Journey through the Universe,” a full week of cosmic exploration, star-studded space and science education, will run from March 6 through March 14, 2014, engaging local students, teachers and parents in a whirlwind of activities and learning. Gemini and the other observatories on Maunakea, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, NASA, along with the Department of Education Hilo/ Waiakea Complex Area and the many community partners, have sponsored “Journey through the Universe” in Hilo since 2004. The Hilo site has been nationally recognized as the flagship “Journey” program in the nation. Visit for more information.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a cultural science center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, our legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, programs and events engage families, and visitors in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at

Journey through the Universe: Developed by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities – students, teachers, families, and the public – using educational programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. The initiative supports sustained Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in local schools, and is a celebration of exploration and the joy of learning.

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