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Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii brings the fabled Mauna Kea mountain
with its world-famous astronomy within the reach of every visitor
to the Big Island of Hawaii.
`Imiloa, a Hawaiian word meaning to explore or to
pursue profound knowledge, offers visitors an authentic
Hawaiian journey through time and space, beginning with a simulated
ascent up Mauna Kea. This experience includes the Kumulipo chant,
depicting the ancient Hawaiian account of the origins of life,
and astronomers' insights into the origins of the universe from
a scientific point of view. Visitors will know what it was like
to go on an ancient canoe voyage charting their course by the
stars, and learn of the 13 observatories on Maunakea charting
new courses of discovery today. Visitors also traverse the universe
in four dimensions in the 4D2U Theater, a presentation from the
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
`Imiloa features a 16-meter domed planetarium features a signature
destination film, Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky. Additionally,
the innovative landscaping around the Center features many native
and “canoe” plants brought to the islands by the early
`Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai`i is a vital new bridge connecting
Hawaiian culture and science with the journey of today's explorers,
the astronomers on Maunakea.
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