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Starry Heavens Newsletter
March 2022

We hope to see you in March as we continue to relaunch the Imaginarium with a brand new planetarium show called Wayfinders, which tells the story of the decades-long efforts that the Polynesian Voyaging Society has made to revive the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrumental navigation in Hawaii and Polynesia. This show was produced by the Bishop Museum. A version of Wayfinders in ‘Olelo Hawaii, which was produced by the Imaginarium, is also available for school and private showings.

We will also be featuring old favorites - Tales of the Maya Skies, showcasing the splendor of Mayan architecture and astronomy; Perfect Little Planet, a solar system journey to find the perfect vacation planet; and Earth, Moon and Sun, a fast-paced, fun-filled exploration of the moon phases, sunrises, sunsets, and eclipses.
  • Reservations are required along with proof of vaccination and a photo ID.
  • Please call 808-235-7350 for reservations.
  • Better yet email
  • Provide your name, address, email, telephone #, the date and time of the show you wish to see and the number of tickets you wish. We can only seat people together in groups of 5 to promote social distancing.
  • Seating will be limited to promote social distancing to a max of 44 seats per show.
  • Seats will be assigned. Doors will open one half hour before each show to begin seating. 
  • As you reserve your seats you will be told the row and number of the seat/s so that you can see the seat location on the seating chart that has been uploaded to our web site. See link below. 
  • Payment will be made on the day of the show at the ticket booth.
  • No credit card payments are taken. CASH or CHECK ONLY
We know this is a departure from the Imaginarium's operations. Bear in mind these departures are required and aim to keep everyone healthy, and are in conformance with our required Mitigation Plan. See link below.                                                                                            


Who doesn’t love a great space movie? From Jules Verne to Star Wars and Star Trek, space has inspired millions to dream about what is out there. Of course, what is out there has been conjured up right here on terra firma, in Hollywood. News flash Hollywood is coming to the International Space Station with Tom Cruise.

It has been confirmed by NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, on Twitter. The Hollywood star, who is famous for doing all his own stunts, will fly to the International Space Station (ISS) at some point in the future, proving there is no limit to what he would do for authenticity for his craft.

Elena and Dimitry Lesnevsky, producers on an upcoming Tom Cruise movie set in space, announced in January 2022 that they signed a deal to build a fully operational movie studio connected to the International Space Station. The 20-foot-wide studio, dubbed Space Entertainment Enterprise-1 (SEE-1), is slated to launch December 2024 and will be the world's first functional entertainment and content studio in space.

Talk about filming on location.The ISS is about 408 kilometers (253 miles) from the surface of the planet but getting to it is not a straight trek. The space station is moving 27,600 kilometers per hour (17,100 miles per hour) so a spacecraft needs to match its speed and orbit. This approach certainly takes hours and in the past has taken days. The Russian Soyuz, currently the only way for crew to reach the ISS, has ranged between 50 hours to less than six in recent years.
Even assuming a quick rendezvous with the space station, unless special arrangements are made, Cruise and his team (assuming there will be a team) will be there for at least 12-13 days. This is the usual overlap when new astronauts and cosmonauts come on board to relieve some of the members of the mission. 

The film industry is quite literally reaching for the stars, with the forthcoming launch of the world's first entertainment studio and multi-purpose arena in space.

In the future when you look up at the ISS you are looking at a Space Station and movie studio.

Oh, you didn't realize you could see the ISS from Earth. But, of course, you can. 

Spot The Station 

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster! How fast is the space station travelling? The ISS circles the Earth every 90 minutes. It travels at about 17,500 miles (28,000 km) per hour, which gives the crew 16 sunrises and sunsets every day. Because the world is rotating below it, that means the ISS doesn't even pass over the same spot every 90 minutes. So a few orbits would look like the below picture. Each orbit will be about 22.5 degrees west of the previous orbit. In the more than 15 years that people have been living onboard, the Station has circumnavigated the Earth tens of thousands of times.
Spot The Station will give you a list of upcoming space station sighting opportunities for your location. Read More . Several times a week, Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, determines sighting opportunities for over 6,700 locations worldwide.
For information about  Imaginarium shows and events contact:
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.

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
Waves, Wind & Stars
Friday, Mar. 4, 7:00p.m.
(Doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m.)
Tales of the Maya Skies
Friday, Mar. 4,

Stargazing with
Krissie Kellogg
Wednesday, Mar. 9,

Perfect Little Planet
Saturday, Mar. 26,

Earth, Moon and Sun
Saturday, Mar. 26,
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