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Starry Heavens Newsletter
June 2023

Playing in June at the Imaginarium 

June at the Hokulani Imaginarium

Black Holes - Friday June 2, at 7pm CANCELED
This Imaginarium show takes audiences on a fully immersive journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon? What was Einstein’s connection to them?
Stars-Powerhouses of the Universe – Friday June 2, at 8:15pm 
Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.
STARGAZING with Krissie Kellogg  - Wednesday June 14, at 7pm
Join the ever engaging and entertaining  presenter/storyteller Krissie Kellogg on the second Wednesday of each month as she takes you on a delightful tour of the constellations in the Imaginarium skies. Stay informed as the stars, planets and moon change as they move through space and learn about current events happening in the night sky as well as in space exploration! (60 min)
Perfect Little Planet - Saturday June 24, at 1p.m.
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family of insects from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Cosmic Collisions - Saturday June 24, at 2:15p.m.
Cosmic collisions are a universal force of nature, both destructive and creative. 
Dynamic and dazzling, they have created many things we take for granted—the glowing Moon, the Sun’s warmth and light, our changing seasons, and waves washing up on a sandy shore. They’ve ended the age of the dinosaurs and changed the very map of the cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birth to new stars and new worlds.

The Center for Aerospace Education celebrated a heartwarming reunion

As WCC celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Center for Aerospace Education celebrated a heartwarming reunion with Pūʻōhala School at the Hōkūlani Imaginarium Friday evening May 5.
35 years ago, the CAE’s first resource facility—the Aerospace Exploration Lab—was established at Pūʻōhala School, where it officially opened its doors to hands-on STEM exploration on Feb 27, 1989. The AEL eventually relocated to the Windward campus in Fall 1990, as Pūʻōhala School simultaneously initiated the second Hawaiian immersion school on Oʻahu. Pūʻōhala School's hospitality and kindness have forged a lifelong bond between our two educational institutions.

Friday, May 5, an enthusiastic group from Hui Makua o Pūʻōhala visited the Imaginarium to watch our planetarium show Wayfinders ma ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.  This original Bishop Museum production was converted into Hawaiian with the assistance of Keoki Faria, who translated the show, and Kalaekea Akioka, who narrated it.
Wayfinders, which is also available in English and Japanese, tells the story of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the recovery of the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrument navigation in Hawaii.
Hawaiian language instructor, Keoki Faria also brought his Hawaiian language students to a showing of Wayfinders and coordinated viewings for the Polynesian Voyaging Society May 12 and 26. A special showing of Wayfinders Friday. May 26 honors the Hawaiian language narrator Kalaekea Akioka.

Watch for the Full Strawberry Supermoon!

June’s full Moon—typically the last full Moon of spring or the first of summer—has traditionally been called the Strawberry Moon. While strawberries certainly are a reddish-pink color and are roundish in shape, the origin of the name “Strawberry Moon” has nothing to do with the Moon’s hue or appearance. A Moon usually appears reddish when it’s close to the horizon because the light rays must pass through the densest layers of atmosphere.

The “Strawberry Moon” name has been used by Native American Algonquian tribes that live in the northeastern United States as well as the Ojibwe, Dakota, and Lakota peoples to mark the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries that are ready to be gathered. 

But, we are not in the northeastern United States mainland. We are in Hawaii where to Hawaiians, understanding the moon phases was used in optimizing the farming, fishing, building, and various tasks they relied on, and not knowing would be considered almost ignorant.

The Hawaiian malama (month) is broken into three anahulu (period of 10 days). The first anahulu is named hoʻonui, this is the time when the moon is increasing in size or waxing. The second anahulu is named poepoe, this is when the moon is rounding and becomes full. The third anahulu is named hoʻēmi, this is when the moon is decreasing or waning. 

The Moon has a different name for each day of the anahulu 10-day period and the Moon names in the ho'onui anahulu end in ole. Generally speaking, ʻole moons aren’t good for planting or fishing. Ole Moons  refer to the 7-10 days of the Moons cycle : Ole Kukahi, Ole Kulua, Ole Kukolu and Ole Kupau. If you look at the word itself, ʻole means without or lacking.

But planting on the full Moons: Akua Moon, day 14 the first night of fullness, Hoku Moon, day 15 the second night of fullness and Mahealani Moon, day 16 the third night of fullness seems to result in taller and straighter plants, especially Kalo. Try it out and see for yourself.

Of course for those who are not agriculturally inclined there is full Moon surfing or a Moon rising party on the beach.


More to see in our June Sky (All times a hst)

  • June 3, Full Moon 5:42pm 
  • June 6, Earliest sunrise ever occurs in Honolulu 5:46:54am 
  • June 14, Conjunction of Moon-Jupiter (5.1 degrees apart) 3:00am-5:30am 
  • June 21, Summer Solstice sunrise 5:48:36a.m; sunset 7:16:50pm; Longest Day of the year13h 24m 4s 
  • June 21 ,Conjunction of Moon-Venus-Mars (4 degrees apart) 7:45 pm-10:00pm
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  • Reservations are recommended but no longer required.
  • Masks are optional.
  • 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.

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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

Black Holes
Friday, June 2,


Stars, Powerhouses
of the Universe



with Krissie Kellogg
Wednesday June 10,

Perfect Little Planet

Saturday June 24,

Cosmic Collisions

Saturday June 24,

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