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Starry Heavens Newsletter
April 2022

We hope to see you in April as we continue to relaunch the Imaginarium with two brand new planetarium shows - Destination Mars and Moons, Worlds of Mystery

Destination Mars 
: The New Frontier gives audiences an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality.

Moons, Worlds of Mystery  immerses the audience in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system. Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds.

We will also be featuring old favorites - Kalu o kahina, and Expedition Reef
  • Reservations are recommended but no longer required.
  • Proof of  vaccination and a photo ID are no longer required.
  • Please call 808-235-7350 for reservations.
  • Better yet email
  • Payment will be made on the day of the show at the ticket booth.
  • No credit card payments are taken. CASH or CHECK ONLY

  What do we have here? Van Gogh's Sunflowers or Sun Spots?
Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope on Haleakalā

Just ask Punahou Senior Lucy  Will  and her mentor, Institute for Astronomy (IfA ) graduate student Ellis Avallone. Under Avallone's guidance, Lucy conducted research, produced a poster and presented the results at the American Geophysical Union meeting last fall while still a high school Junior. Will turned her project into a first-author paper, which was recently accepted for publication in the Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society.

Lucy has long had a fascination with the universe and dreamed of making discoveries by working on her own project. After reading a cutting-edge solar research project undertaken by Xudong Sun, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi's IfA, the then Punahou freshman was taken under the wings of Xudong Sun and Ellis Avallone who devised a project for Lucy to measure sizes and complexities of sunspots in the latest solar cycle, and the magnitude of the most intense flare each sunspot region produces.

What are sunspots anyway?? 

Sunspots are formed by magnetic activity in the Sun; larger spots have more magnetic energy, so astronomers expect them to produce stronger flares.

Earlier work suggested this was the case. Will produced a sample of 412 sunspot regions observed between 2011 and 2019. Her analysis showed a clear positive correlation between sunspot area and flare magnitude.

Once again, UH Manoa's outreach to motivated students demonstrates how UH is meeting its goals of 1) advancing the research and creative work enterprise while 2) enhancing student success and excellence in research.

Speaking of Outreach join the IfA in a fun-filled day April 10

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

Destination Mars:
The New Frontier
Friday, April 1,

Moons, Worlds of Mystery
Friday, April 1,

Stargazing with
Krissie Kellogg
Wednesday, April 13,

Kalu O Ka Hina
Saturday, April 23,

Expedition Reef
Saturday, April 23,
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