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About the Hokulani Imaginarium
Hawaiian for Starry Heavens, Windward Community College's Hokulani Imaginarium is a high-tech planetarium and multi-media facility. Read more about the WCC Imaginarium here.
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PUBLIC SHOW PRICES

  • $8   General Admission
  • $7   WCC student, military, senior (65+) with ID
  • $6   Children (ages 4-12)
  • Free for children under 4 (1 per paying adult), WCC faculty or staff with ID

Tickets may be purchased at the Imaginarium box office 30 minutes before the show, or call 235-7433 (between 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday - Friday) to reserve tickets. Reserved tickets must be paid for at the box office at least 15 minutes before showtime, otherwise they may be sold to waiting customers.

Please Note:
• Credit/debit cards are not accepted at the box office. (ATM machine now located at The Hub, behind Imaginarium)
• Late seating is not permitted.
• No food or drinks inside the Imaginarium.




Complete Show Listings:

School and other groups can select from the Imaginarium's complete listing of shows for their visits. Please click on the links below for show descriptions. For more information on scheduling group visits, click here.

Ancient Skies
Astronaut
Back to the Moon for Good
Cowboy Astronomer
Dawn of the Space Age
Dream to Fly
Earth, Moon and Sun
Flight Adventure
Flying Monsters
IBEX
Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef
Led Zeppelin
Magic Tree House Space Mission
Maunakea Between Earth and Sky
One World One Sky:Big Bird's Adventure
Origins of Life
Perfect LIttle Planet
Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Season of Light
Secrets of the Dragon
Sounds of the Underground
Solar Quest
Stars

Stars Of The Pharaohs
Tales of the Maya Skies
Two Small Pieces of Glass





New Digital Fulldome Technology

The Hokulani Imaginarium operates with a Definiti 4K fulldome system from Sky-Skan.  DigitalSky 2 technology allows audiences to experience immersive adventures in a true 360° environment.  Viewers feel like they are part of the unfolding scene, whether it is falling through a black hole, flying through Saturn’s rings or witnessing the beginnings of the universe.  The upgraded projection system can also display 3D stereo images.

This fulldome system fills the planetarium's screen with high-resolution images that are eight times sharper than HDTV. Two JVC SH7 projectors hidden behind the dome provide a high-contrast seamless picture.

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PLEASE NOTE RESERVATION LINE OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY (8:30AM - 3:30PM)

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Fall 2017
Schedule

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All Imaginarium shows, with the exception of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Sounds of the Underground musical shows, and Voyages of the Starship Discovery contain a live sky segment in addition to the feature show. Programs run approximately 1 hour in length.

Trailers and full show descriptions for some of the shows can be found by clicking on show's picture below. <note: no trailer for Stargazing, since it is a live show>


Stargazing

Stargazing
2nd Wednesday of each month at 7p

(Feb. 14, two special Valentine's Day shows for adults 18+ years at 7pm and reprised at 8:15pm - $10 covers roses, chocolates and photo booth)

Join veteran presenter/storyteller Krissie Kellogg on the second Wednesday of each month as she takes you on a delightful tour of the constellations in the Imaginarium skies. Stay informed as the stars, planets and moon change as they move through space and learn about current events happening in the night sky as well as in space exploration!

Dream

Dream to Fly
Saturday November 11, 2017 at 1pm, Friday March 23, 2018 at 7pm

Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers, and other inventors. Experience the adventure of achieving the immense and challenging dream of flying, with the program's powerful imagery and music.

Dream to Fly was made possible by the generous donation of Dr. Jacqueline Maly through the Imaginarium’s Adopt-a-Show sponsorship.

Ancient Skies

Ancient Skies
Friday, May 25, at 7pm

Hidden within some of mankind’s oldest monuments may lie the foundations of modern science. Using motion controlled time-lapse, CGI, and interviews with some of the most respected archaeologists and astronomers of our generation, this program explores the possibilities that the construction of these monuments were intimately connected to celestial cycles.

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Perfect Little Planet
Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 2pm

Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot.

Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space Age
Friday, Feb. 23, at 8:15pm

Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Saturday, Jan 13, at 1pm

Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is “xing xing” (pronounced sing sing). How many “xing xing” do you see in this sky?

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure was made possible by the generous donation of the Iris and Rodney Fukui Family through the Imaginarium's Adopt-a-Show sponsorship.

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Kaluokahina: The Enchanted Reef
Saturday, May 12, at 1pm

"Kaluokahina" is an enchanted tropical coral reef. The reef's colorful inhabitants have always lived in this peaceful, secret world--until a volcanic catastrophe breaks the spell!

Now it's up to Jake, a young sawfish, and his buddy Shorty, a lively reef fish, to restore the magic of their home. Their only lead: an ancient legend that tells of touching the moon...

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Nightwalk
Friday, Oct 27,2017 at 7pm & 8:15pm

Take a virtual tour of a haunted graveyard, where you'll walk at the speed of fright. This 15-minute show features the 3D animated head-spinning magic of the Imaginarium.

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Stars
Fridays: Jan 26, April 27, at 7pm

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin
Fridays: Dec 22, 2017, March 27, 2018 at 8:15pm

Even after 35 years of laser shows, "Led Zeppelin" remains one of the most popular music shows ever performed in planetariums. Now see what the Clark Planetarium Productions has done with it for the fulldome theater! Zeppelin fans of all ages are welcome. (This presentation does not include the Imaginarium's usual live sky segment.)

Magic Tree House Space Mission

Magic Tree House Space Mission
Saturday, March 10, at 1pm

Based on the popular children's Magic Tree House® books, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more.

Husband and wife authors Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne collaborated to produce this planetarium based program, popular with Magic Tree House® fans of all ages.

Voyages of the Starship Discovery

Voyages of the Starship Discovery
Saturday, Jan 13, at 2pm

Voyage across the Solar System and beyond. This interactive show enlists your services onboard the Starship Discovery as an engineer, scientist or observer as you journey across the Milky Way galaxy. Engage the Imaginarium’s control buttons at your seat to fly to distant worlds as you probe and explore their cosmic mysteries. Your mission — to go where no human has gone before and view our place in the universe. (This presentation does not include the Imaginarium's usual live sky segment.)

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Fridays: Jan 26, March 23, June 22, at 8:15pm

Immerse yourself in a fulldome experience of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic rock music album synched with the next generation of computer generated imagery of mesmerizing waves of colors, images, and animations. Not recommended for young children, suggested age 13 and above. (This presentation does not include the Imaginarium's usual live sky segment.)

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Astronaut
Saturdays: Nov 11, 2017 at 2pm; April 14, 2018 1pm

Find out what it takes to be an astronaut! Explore inner and outer space as you experience a rocket launch from an astronaut's point of view and float around the International Space Station in microgravity.

Presented in stunning high-definition fulldome video and surround sound, Astronaut is an experience like nothing on Earth!

Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

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Origins of Life
Saturday, March 10, at 2pm

A motivational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. Many recent discoveries related to life science are featured, demonstrating to youth that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it would be right now!

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Season of Light
Friday, Nov 24, 2017 at 7pm, Saturday, Dec 9, 2017 at 1pm, & Friday, Dec 22, 2017 at 7pm

A visually rich show about the darkest and coldest time of the year that explains the seasons and the origins of many of the world's most enduring customs from Christmas trees to the Hanukkah Menorah, Santa and the Star of Bethlehem.

Earth, Moon and Sun

Earth, Moon and Sun
Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1pm

Earth, Moon and Sun is a fulldome Imaginarium show that explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, who has a razor sharp wit, but is a bit confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this fast-paced and fun-filled show as it explores the wonders of lunar phases, sunrises and sunsets, eclipses, space travel to our Moon and other puzzles. Native American stories are told throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

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Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
Saturday, May 12, at 2pm

Explore connections between Hawaiian culture and Maunakea astronomy. Become immersed in the story of Pele and Poli`ahu and the creation of the Hawaiian Islands. Gaze into the night sky, past planets, galaxies and swirling nebula—back to the beginning of the universe—and fly through an observatory atop Maunakea.

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Tales of the Maya Skies
Friday, June 27, at 7pm

This Imaginarium show recreates the splendor of Maya architecture and astronomy. Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee Lila Downs narrates this magnificent journey through Maya cities and temples aligned to the movements of the Sun, Moon and planets.

Rediscover the treasures of this advanced civilization whose sophisticated mathematics predicted eclipses, forecast seasonal change and formulated a calendar of extraordinary precision.

Cowboy Astronomer

Cowboy Astronomer
Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2pm

This returning favorite is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping and astronomy tidbits--all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer.

Narrated by cowboy poet Baxter Black, the audience is transported to the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky and the things he's discovered over a lifetime of stargazing.

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Flying Monsters
Friday, May 25, at 8:15pm

For thousands of years, humans believed that there were once flying monsters. Such creatures became mythologized, with stories about them shared around the world. But could they have really existed? Flying Monsters is a National Geographic documentary that explores these great prehistoric beasts.

Hosted by Sir David Attenborough, distinguished naturalist and broadcaster, this program uses amazing special effects to portray these airborne dinosaurs. Appropriate for anyone that loves dinosaurs!

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Stars Of The Pharaohs
Friday, Feb. 23, at 7pm; Saturday, June 9, at 1pm

Stars of the Pharaohs takes the audience back some 6,000 years to the land of ancient Egypt and the stars that trekked across its desert skies. Using the Imaginarium’s multi-media projectors, this planetarium show reenacts the mythological creation of the Egyptian universe and discusses the celestial connections of the many pyramids that stand sentinel to its ancient history. The audience will be guided around the early Egyptian constellations and learn how the Sun, Orion and the ancient Pole Star were used to align their monumental temples and pyramids. The journey through this ancient culture will showcase the earliest calendar ever devised—one based on the rising of the star Sirius and its ability to predict the annual flooding of the Nile River. Stars of the Pharaohs, which was originally produced by the Buhl Planetarium, has been modified by Windward Community College’s Imaginarium to include visually rich graphics from Evans and Sutherland.

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Flight Adventure
Saturday, Nov.11, 2017, June 11, 2018 at 2pm

This 30-minute multi-media show from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight. The show features NASA's research and the advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that models have played in flight development.

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Solar Quest
Saturday, June 9, at 2pm

Solar Quest is a planetarium short feature that demonstrates and provides an overview of the Sun - Earth environment. Detailed high-quality animations and videos demonstrate various solar phenomena such as fusion, light energy and solar surface features. Also discussed are the impacts that space weather may have on Earth and how the Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth. The show also highlights the role of the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) and how scientists have begun to use it as a way to help identify and predict severe space weather.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass
Saturday, March 2, at 2pm

Four hundred years ago a simple adjustment to a child's spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to our eyes and our imaginations. Join us as the world's great telescopes, born out of that serendipitous moment allow audiences to gaze into our distant past as well as our future.

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