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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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*NEW: In response to the recent Maunakea controversy, we have provided additional information resources here.

PUBLIC SHOW PRICES

  • $7   General Admission
  • $6   WCC students, military, seniors (65+) with ID
  • $5   Children (ages 4-12)
  • Free for children under 4, WCC faculty or staff with ID

Tickets may be purchased at the Imaginarium box office 30 minutes before the show, or call 235-7433 to reserve tickets in advance. Reserved tickets must be picked up 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.

PUBLIC SHOWS - 235-7433
PLEASE NOTE RESERVATION LINE OPEN MONDAY-FRIDAY (8AM - 3PM)


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Spring 2016
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All Imaginarium shows, with the exception of our Led Zeppelin and Sounds of the Underground musical shows, 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 7pm (Feb 10, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8)

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! td>

Kaluokahina

The Enchanted Reef
Fri, Feb 12 at 7pm

"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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Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky
Friday, Feb 12 at 8:15pm & Saturday, May 21 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.

Magic Tree House Space Mission

Magic Tree House Space Mission
Saturday, Feb 20 at 1pm & Saturday, Jun 18 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.

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Tales of the Maya Skies
Saturday, Feb 20 at 2pm & Friday, Jun 10 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.

FlyingMons

Flying Monsters
Friday, Mar 11 at 7pm & Friday, May 13 at 7pm

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!

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (Premiere)
Friday, Mar 11 at 8:15pm

Immerse yourself in a fulldome experience of Pink Floydís 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.

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Astronaut
Saturday, Mar 19 at 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.

Dream

Dream to Fly
Saturday, Mar 19 at 2pm

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 (Premiere)
Friday, Apr 8 at 7pm (Premiere) & Saturday, Jun 18 at 2pm

Hidden within some of mankindís 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.

Back To The Moon For Good

Back To The Moon For Good
Friday, Apr 8 at 8:15pm

See what the first days of space exploration in the late 1960s to early 1970s taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moonís origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface. Then learn about the engineering and innovative steps being taken by international teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE.

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Saturday, Apr 16 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.

Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space Age
Saturday, Apr 16 at 2pm

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 manís 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.

Earth, Moon and Sun

Earth, Moon and Sun
Sunday, May 8 at 2pm (Motherís Day)

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.

Voyages of the Starship Discovery

Voyages of the Starship Discovery (Premiere)
Friday, May 13 at 8:15pm

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 Imaginariumís control buttons at your seat to fly to distant worlds as you probe and explore their cosmic mysteries. Your mission ó to go where no human has gone before and view our place in the universe.

PerfectPlanet

Perfect Little Planet
Saturday, May 21 at 1pm

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.

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin
Friday, Jun 10 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 Led Zeppelin musical experience does not contain the Imaginarium's usual live sky presentation).

Cowboy Astronomer

Cowboy Astronomer
Sunday, Jun 19 at 2pm (Father's Day)

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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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.

Astronaut
Back to the Moon for Good
Cowboy Astronomer
Dawn of the Space Age
Dream to Fly
Earth, Moon and Sun
Flying Monsters (NEW!)
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
Secrets of the Dragon
Sounds of the Underground
Stars
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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