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Starry Heavens Newsletter
January 2019

Hauoli Makahiki Hou -
Happy New Year everyone. We hope you had a very merry holiday and are looking forward to the new year as much as we are at the Center for Aerospace Education and especially the Hokulani Imaginarium. We were delighted to see so many of you attend our seasonal shows and we sold out the Imaginarium for the December 22, "Season of Light". What a very merry group that was.

We also had a nearly full house for the "Star of Bethlehem: The Magi's Story" December 7. If you did not catch that show, we are reprising it Friday, January 4, at 7:00 pm in honor of the Epiphany that occurs January 6, when it is said the Magi arrived bearing their gifts.

We are also happy to announce that we are adding five new shows to our Spring 2019 line-up which are briefly described below.

Pink Floyd's - The Wall debuts at the Hokulani Imaginarium Friday February 1, at 8:15 p.m. Experience the classic 1979 rock album in a stunning High Definition digital interpretation of sight and sound created specifically for full dome theaters.
Totality debuts Saturday March 23, at 2:15 p.m. and is a double feature with our ever popular "Two Small Pieces of Glass". Totality is all about eclipses from lunar to total solar and covers how they occur and what happens when they do. This show looks forward to upcoming eclipses and where to witness them. The production includes a variety of styles from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books.

Teachers - This show supports NGSS: 1-ESS1, 2-ESS1, 3-PS2, 5-PS2, 5-ESS1, MS-PS2, and MS-ESS1.

In April we have two premieres - so mark your calendars.

Phantom of the Universe-The Hunt for Dark Matter premieres Friday April 5, at 7:00 p.m. Phantom is a new planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. The show reveals the first hints of "dark matter" through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term. It showcases the journey of protons racing through the world's largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the big bang and the emergent cosmos. The show is narrated by Oscar-winning actress,Tilda Swinton.

Teachers - This show supports NGSS: 4-PS4, 5-PS1, 2 and 3, MS-PS1,2,3,4 and MS-ETS1.

Expedition Reef premieres Saturday April 27, at 2:15 p.m. Narrated by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, "Expedition Reef" immerses audiences in an undersea adventure. Learn the secrets of the "rainforests of the sea" as you and your visitors embark on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant — and endangered — marine ecosystems. This fulldome planetarium show provides an up-close look at a part of our planet many people have never experienced. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth — while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and over fishing.

Teachers - This show supports NGSS: 2-LS2 and 4, 2-ESS2, 3-LS1-4, 3-ESS3, 4-PS3 and 4, 4-ESS2 and 3, 4-LS1, 5-PS3, 5-ESS2 and 3, MS-LS2 and 3, and MS-ESS2 and 3.

Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe premieres Saturday May 25, at 2:15 p.m.This show intertwines science and mythology to take audiences on a poetic journey showing how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history. The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautiful stylistic painting.

Teachers - This show supports NGSS: 3-ESS2, 4-ESS1 and 3, 5-ESS3, MS-ESS1.

Finally, Hokulani Imaginarium is scheduling two shows in July when the Imaginarium is usually closed for maintenance. Saturday July 20, the Imaginarium has scheduled at 1:00pm "Back to the Moon For Good" and at 2:15 p.m. "Dawn of the Space Age" in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 landing on the moon and Neil Armstrong's notable quote: "One small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind."

We look forward to seeing you at the Imaginarium in 2019.

Reservations Suggested
Due to limited seating of 84 attendees in the Imaginarium, we recommend making reservations for our programs. Call (808) 235-7433 between 8:30am - 3:30pm, Monday - Friday. Reservation phone line is not available on weekends or holidays.

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 reserved tickets at the Imaginarium Box Office at least 15 minutes prior to showtime. Unclaimed tickets may be sold to waiting customers on a first come, first served basis.

Please visit and LIKE our WCC Imaginarium Facebook Page.

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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

Star of Bethlehem: The Magi's Story
Friday, January 4,
7:00 pm
Led Zeppelin
Friday, January 4,
8:15 pm
Stargazing with
Krissie Kellogg
Wednesday, January 9,
7:00 pm

Saturday, January 26,
1:00 pm

Teachers – Stars supports NGSS: 2-ESS1&2, 3-LS1, 4-ESS1, 5-ESS1&2,MS-PS1, MS-LS1, MS-ESS1&2

Origins of Life
Double Feature
Saturday, January 26,
2:15 pm

Teachers - Origins of Life supports NGSS: 1-LS1&3, 3-LS1,2,3,&4, 4-PS4, 4-LS1, 5-LS1&2, 5-ESS3, MS-LS1,2,3,&4, MS-ESS2
Solar Quest
Saturday, January 26,
2:15 pm

Teachers – Solar Quest supports NGSS: 5-ESS1, MS-PS1,2,3 &4
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