‘Imiloa Astronomy Center to Host 12th Birthday Celebration

February 18, 2018, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated February 18, 5:38 PM
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‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites the community to celebrate its 12th Birthday Pa‘ina on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s celebration will feature family-friendly activities for all ages centered around the theme of ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i—or Hawaiian language—sharing the words and practices of Hawaiian culture as they manifest in the use of native plants and celestial navigation.

The event will include exhibits, planetarium shows, and various displays and activities, in addition to food tents with meals and beverages for purchase throughout the day. The first 1,000 visitors will receive a free slice of birthday cake.

“As a bilingual center, ‘Imiloa strives to share our ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian Language) with both visitors and locals alike through our exhibits, interactions and programming,” says Ka’iu Kimura, Executive Director of ‘Imiloa. “We’re thrilled to observe our 12th year of exploration at ‘Imiloa with the theme of “Celebrating ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i—which is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Hawaiian Language.”

This year’s ‘Imiloa birthday celebration event is being supported by KTA Super Stores.


“Twelve years of ground-breaking, cutting-edge discoveries have enriched our Hawai‘i island community and inspired generations of explorers and innovators,” said Toby Taniguchi, president and chief operating officer of KTA Super Stores. “KTA Super Stores is delighted to support such an advanced and state-of-the-art center focused on life-long learning.”


As part of the celebration, ‘Imiloa will offer $10 discounts on all levels of membership, both for new and renewing members. The offer is reserved for memberships purchased on-site on Sunday, Feb. 25 only. Current members may renew their memberships early to take advantage of the discount.

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