Planetarium And Nasa Astronomy Center Opens On Big Island

'Imiloa, Mauna Kea's shiny new astronomy education center located on the Big Island, has officially opened for business. The $28 million, 40,000 square foot complex was conceived of more than 15 years and constructed with federal funds (through NASA) attained with the aid of Senator Inouye.

Showcasing work from both local and international science and cultural communities, 'Imiloa is open to the public. The education center recounts the scientific findings in the Mauna Kea volcano, as well as mixing its historical significance to the Hawaiian culture.

Parallels abound at this new astronomy center, where culture runs along side science, research is paired with education, Hawaiian roots are linked to the future of astronomic studies and so on. 'Imiloa's state-of-the-art planetarium is a 120-seat theatre, currently running a 22-minute show on Tuesday's through Sunday, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Visitors will enjoy the visual voyage on a Hawaiian sailing canoe, guided only by the stars and wind, while learning how ancient voyagers fared on the open seas.

Tickets are $14.50 for adults, $7.50 for children under 12. Log on to

www.imiloahawaii.org for more information.

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