‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is at 600 ‘Imiloa Pl. in Science & Technology Park on the University of Hawai‘i’s Hilo campus. The relationship between Hawaiian culture and the universe is showcased through a variety of displays and interactive exhibits, which are written in both English and Hawaiian. The landscaped grounds feature 70 plant varieties either native to the area or brought here by early Polynesians.
Visitors can learn about hula, voyaging canoes and the Hawaiian language renaissance as well as the work being done by scientists at Mauna Kea’s observatories. The Hawaiian creation chant and the Big Bang Theory, two different but surprisingly similar views about the origins of life, are explored in a theater presentation and with a simulated ascent of Mauna Kea. A planetarium, video presentations and a virtual 3-D space tour also are included.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.