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Starry Heavens Newsletter
January 2023

Playing in January at the Imaginarium 

Join us to celebrate the New Year at Hokulani Imaginarium in January

Friday January 6, 7pm
Celebrate the Epiphany with Star of Bethlehem: the Magi’s Story
Produced by our own Dr. Joe Ciotti and narrated by Billy V, Star of Bethlehem explores some of the astronomical possibilities for the Star that guided Wise Men to Bethlehem.  The show also recounts the story of the Wise Men­­–who they were, where they came from and why a Star could so entice them to embark on such a journey to a foreign place.

8:15pm From Earth to the Universe
This stunning, 30-minute voyage through time and space presents the Universe as revealed to us by science.
Produced by ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Center.
Narrated by Sara Mendes da Costa  

Wednesday January 11 - 7pm Stargazing 
Join the ever engaging and entertaining presenter/storyteller Krissie Kellogg  as she takes you on a tour of the starry night sky in the Imaginarium.

Saturday January 28, 
1pm - How it was told to me - Maori Legends . . .

is a collection of three theatrical short animations  showcased as a complete collection. THE CREATION STORY tells the tale of Ranginui the Sky Father and Papatūanuku the Earth Mother, and their many children plotting to separate them. In RONA AND THE MOON we learn how Marama, the Moon, came to look the way it does in our southern skies today. THE GREAT WAKA tells of the creation of The Milky Way with all its constellations, and how they have been used through the ages to guide Polynesian sailors navigating the southern seas.

2:15pm - Origins of Life . . .
is a motivational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. Many recent discoveries related to life science are featured, demonstrating to youth that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it would be right now.

 Hokulani Imaginarium coloring book launch . . . 

was a tremendous success and we Thank our patrons and followers for their response. Although many purchased the coloring books as holiday gifts, people are already calling to see if they can get copies as birthday gifts and other occasions. The answer is YES! Call dineene at 808-235-7350 or email her at

 The “Star Story Coloring Book” features six star stories from Hawaii, China and Korea.These star stories are featured on the Imaginarium website as well as at the Imaginarium. They make a one-of-a-kind gift for your favorite young stargazer. You can’t get these books on Amazon or at a bookstore. These are special one-of-a-kind gifts. Proceeds from the sale of these books, which only cost $5.00, will go to help Windward Community College meet its year long goal to raise one million dollars for scholarships in honor of WCC’s 50 years of service to students and the community.

  - Was Home for Christmas

The first mission of NASA's Artemis moon program is in the books.

An uncrewed Orion capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California ecember 11, bringing a successful end to NASA's historic Artemis 1 moon mission after a 1.4 million-mile (2.3 million kilometers) flight. The splashdown occurred 50 years to the day of NASA's Apollo 17 moon landing, the last astronaut mission to touch down on the lunar surface.



So Much is on tap for 2023 - Space will be a busy place

Check out this link -

More to see in our January Sky (All times are HST)
  • January 3 ,Conjunction of Moon-Mars (0.5 degrees apart) (6:30 pm-4:00 am)
  • January 6, Full Moon 1:08pm  
  • January 16, Latest sunrise ever occurs in Honolulu  7:09:41 am)
  • January 21, Perigean Spring (King) tides (2.56ft.) - Honolulu Harbor 4:05am
  • January 22, Conjunction of Venus-Saturn (0.5 degrees) 6:30pm-7:45pm 
  • January 25, Conjunction of Moon-Jupiter (1.7 degrees apart 6:30pm-10:30pm)
  • January 30, Conjunction of Moon-Mars (0.4 degrees apart 6:30pm-2:15am)
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  • Reservations are recommended but no longer required.
  • Masks are recommended but not 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
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

Star of Bethlehem:
the Magi's Story

Friday, January 6

From Earth to the Universe
Friday,  January 6,

with Krissie Kellogg

Wed., January 11,
How It Was Told To Me:
Maori Legends

Saturday, January 28,


Origins of Life
Saturday, January 28,
2:15 pm 
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