'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
University of Hawaii-Hilo
600 ‘Imiloa Place Hilo, Hawaii 96720, USA
Tel: 808-932-8926 | email@example.com |
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, a part of the
University of Hawaii at Hilo, opened its doors on February 20, 2006.
The $28 million, 40,000-square-foot exhibition and planetarium
complex is located on nine acres in the University of Hawaii's
Science and Technology Park, above the UH-Hilo campus. Originally
called the Maunakea Astronomy Education Center, Imiloa was developed
in the mid-1990s by a team of educators, scientists and community
leaders who understood the need for a comprehensive educational
facility that would showcase the connections between the rich
traditions of Hawaiian culture and the groundbreaking astronomical
research conducted at the summit of Maunakea.
‘Imiloa brings together members of the Hawaiian and astronomy
communities to share a common vision for the future, bringing
information about the cultural and natural history of Maunakea to
students, teachers, our local residents, and visitors from around
the world. ‘Imiloa links to early Polynesian navigation history and
knowledge of the night skies, and today’s renaissance of Hawaiian
culture and wayfinding with parallel growth of astronomy and
scientific developments on Hawaii Island.