‘Imiloa Astronomy Center Birthday Party

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‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites the community to its 11th Annual Birthday Celebration on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This fun-filled day will feature indoor and outdoor activities for the entire ‘ohana organized around the theme of Earth, Sea and Sky.

Thanks to KTA Super Stores, the center will be open free of charge.

This free day includes complimentary access to ‘Imiloa’s exhibit hall, special shows in the ‘Imiloa planetarium, a scavenger hunt, space trivia and more.

Courtesy photo provided by ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center.


KTA will also staff a food tent with ‘ono food and beverage options available for purchase throughout the day.

The celebration will include a limu (seaweed) pressing art activity, kalo pounding, a mock fish net throwing and patching activity, a plant sale, origami, a tsunami wave tank, ‘alalā mask making with the ‘Alalā Project, DIY silly-putty making, a Ballooniverse activity to teach keiki about the expansion of the universe and more.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 11th year of exploration at ‘Imiloa and truly thank our community for their continuous support since we opened our doors in 2006,” said Ka‘iu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa. “We are privileged to have this 11th Birthday Celebration sponsored by KTA Super Stores, which has played a cornerstone role in supporting ‘Imiloa’s educational and cultural outreach from the very beginning.”

“KTA Super Stores is pleased to partner with ‘Imiloa,” said Toby Taniguchi, president of KTA Super Stores. “We have supported ‘Imiloa from conception, through construction and even today, through current operations. Barry [Toby’s father] was heavily involved with Maunakea through the Maunakea Management Board, and it’s fitting that we support this astronomy education center servicing our island community.”

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center photo.


As a special birthday gift to the community and for one day only, ‘Imiloa will offer $10 off all levels of membership, for both new and renewing members. This will be reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, Feb. 26. Current members are welcome to take advantage of this discount and renew early.

To learn more about this free day, go online or call (808) 932-8901.

About ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class center for informal science education located on the University of Hawai‘i campus. Its centerpiece is a 12,000-square-foot exhibit hall, showcasing astronomy and Hawaiian culture as parallel journeys of human exploration guided by the light of the stars.


The visitor experience is amplified with programming using ‘Imiloa’s 3D full dome planetarium and 9 acres of native landscape gardens.

The center welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year, including 10,000+ schoolchildren on guided field trips and other educational programs. 

‘Imiloa is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off of Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH Hilo Science and Technology Park.

For more information, visit or call (808) 932-8901.

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