A large exhibit of the groundbreaking work being done at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo ʻImiloa Astronomy Center on Hawaiʻi Island greeted hundreds of astronomers from around the country as part of the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in January.
The meeting of more than 3,000 scientists, engineers and students was held at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. ʻImiloa focuses on educating the public on parallels between Hawaiian culture and western science.
“It isn’t just western science, but it’s this whole richness that comes particularly with Hawaiian culture bringing the two together and demonstrating that they can be together and work together and bring a richer understanding,” said Lisa Spain, ʻImiloa’s deputy director.
ʻImiloa is in the process of developing educational programs to expand its presence on Maunakea, particularly at the mid-level facility, to better educate tourists, employees and local residents of the mountainʻs cultural, natural and scientific significance.
The center’s work was recently highlighted in the Nature Astronomy journal.