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‘Imiloa Brings Hawai‘i Night Sky to DC, NYC

May 27, 2016, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated May 31, 11:28 AM
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Star CompassThe ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i in Hilo will hold its first-ever outreach programs in Washington, DC, and New York City, throughout May and early June.

‘Imiloa will share what the night sky looks like over Hawai‘i through planetarium presentations in both locations.

Light pollution and the dense population of large cities can make it difficult for people to view the stars at night.

‘Imiloa is taking advantage of the East Coast stops of the Hōkūleʻa, the historic Hawaiian voyaging canoe which is on its Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to share its unique culture-based science programming with audiences far from home.

“‘Imiloa is honored to have the opportunity to share our Hawaiian values and knowledge with communities on the East Coast, and at the same time we are excited to see what values and knowledge we can learn from them,” said Celeste Ha‘o, ‘Imiloa’s outreach coordinator, who is leading the delivery of content in Washington and New York.

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“I will be introducing a beautiful nighttime sky that many people may never have seen,” Ha‘o said. “I will encourage them to see these stars as if for the first time and to build a relationship with their environment, feeling part of something bigger than themselves.”

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The Hōkūle‘a is sailing across Earth’s oceans without the use of modern navigation tools, to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Hōkūle‘a is sharing their stories with East Coast communities through July 2016.

In Washington, ‘Imiloa staff will participate in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for the Hawaiian Cultural Festival 2016 on May 28 and 29.

Haʻo and Navigator-in-Residence Chad Kālepa Baybayan will be featured presenters, sharing their stories on navigation and knowledge of the Polynesian voyaging starlines that guide the Hōkūleʻa on her journey.

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In NYC, ‘Imiloa will be presenting an evening navigation program in the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, June 7. Additional outreach sessions will take place around NYC while the Hōkūleʻa is in port.

To follow ‘Imiloa’s journey on the East Coast, visit ImiloaHawaii.org.

The Ama OluKai Foundation provided partial support of this first-ever East Coast outreach programming.

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