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Starry Heavens Newsletter
November 2019

A change at the Imaginarium
Starting January 2020, we will no longer be taking reservations. All tickets for public shows will be sold on a walk-up basis only. For recorded information on our Imaginarium shows, please call 236-9170. This number only provides our pre-recorded message and does not accept caller voice messages. If you need to contact the Imaginarium staff, please call 235-7350.

Kick off the Makahiki Season with "Maunakea, between Earth and Sky"
At Hokulani Imaginarium we honor the arrival of the Makahiki season with the showing of Maunakea, Between Earth and Sky, Saturday, November  23, at 2:00p.m. While it is not specifically about the Makahiki Season it celebrates the importance of Hawaiian culture and the role ancient Hawaiian culture and contemporary Hawaiian culture bring to the understanding of our place in the cosmos. 

To usher in the holiday season, at 1:00 p.m. Hokulani Imaginarium features "Season of Light", which traces the origins of many  of the world's most enduring holiday customs.


Makali'i and Makahiki
Late November in Hawaii is the beginning of the Ho'o-ilo (winter or rainy season) season, which lasts about four months. In the moon-based Hawaiian calendar Winter officially begins when the Makali'i cluster is visible most of the night, rising at sunset and setting at dawn.

In ancient times, Hawaiian priests would search the night sky for Makali’i, a cluster of seven bright stars. They are also known today as the Pleiades. Makali'i in Hawaiian means "tiny eyes".  The sighting of the Makali’i signified the presence of Lono, the Hawaiian god of fertility, and the start of Makahiki, the four month Hawaiian new year season.  As Lono passed over each island, the Hawaiians would stop work, make offerings to their ali’i (chief) and celebrate.  The Makahiki was a time of joy and prayer – for the prosperity of the land, abundance of harvest and good health for family.
Makahiki is a form of the "first fruits" festivals common to many cultures throughout the world. It is similar in timing and purpose to Thanksgiving, Octoberfest and other harvest celebrations. A similar celebration was observed throughout Polynesia, but in pre-contact Hawaii the festival reached its greatest expression as Makahiki. As the year's harvest was gathered, tribute in the form of goods and produce were given to the chiefs from November through December. Various rites of purification and celebration were observed during the Makahiki season. It was a time when all wars and battles were ceased, tributes and taxes paid by each district to the ruling chief, sporting competitions and contests between villages were organized, and festive events were commenced. Several of the rigid kapu (regulating religious and social laws) were eased or temporarily set aside to allow more freedom of activity and easy celebration. It was a time of rest and renewal in preparation for the next growing season.

For more information about this family-friendly event, contact Imaginarium Manager Dineene O‘Connor at 808-235-7350 or                                                                              


Our admission prices are:
  • $8 General admission
  • $7 WCC students, military, seniors (65 years or older), with ID
  • $6 Children (ages 4-12 years)
  • Free for children under 4 years of age (1 per paying adult), and WCC faculty or staff with university ID
Please pick up and pay for tickets at the Imaginarium Box Office at least 15 minutes prior to showtime.
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As always, we welcome your feedback or questions, feel free to phone (808) 235-7350 or email to If you would like information regarding our Adopt-a-Show sponsorship program please click here.
Dineene O'Connor
Manager, Hōkūlani Imaginarium
Windward Community College
Hale Imiloa 135A
Office (808) 235-7350

Stars of the Pharaohs
Friday, November 1,
7:00 pm

Led Zeppelin
Friday, November 1,
8:15 pm


with Krissie Kellogg

Wednesday, November 13,
7:00 pm

Season of Light
Saturday, November 23,
1:00 pm
Maunakea, Between
Earth and Sky

Saturday, November 23,
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