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July 6, 2016
ʻImiloa: East Coast Collaborations Wrap-Up - Mahalo '
ŌiwiTV for creating the video below.


While sailing up the East Coast in the spring of 2016, ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and the Polynesian Voyaging Society took the opportunity to collaborate with noted museums, science centers, and planetariums to celebrate Hawaiʻi’s traditional knowledge around this voyage.


“For the Smithsonian, we are a platform that wants to bring in the cultural experts who can really bring these stories to life. That’s not us, it’s people like the scientist at ʻImiloa or the people who are on the voyage with the Hōkūleʻa. They just have these amazing people with such amazing stories to share with us,” expresses Hayes Lavis, Cultural Arts Curator at The National Museum of American Indian in Washington D.C.


Similarly, Michael Shara, Curator of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York notes, “Why is it important to share the knowledge of explorers worldwide and in particular the Polynesian explorers from the past 2,000 years? One is the beauty of what they did and the magnificence of what they did. You don’t need that kind of detailed ‘physics knowledge,’ which only comes with having telescopes, to be able to use the stars in very practical means to navigate the globe. And that was incredibly brave, fore-sighted, and I think encompasses the best of humanity.”


Hōkūleʻa Captain and Master Navigator, Kālepa Baybayan shares that, “It takes collaboration from many different people. The Polynesian Voyaging Society is just a volunteer organization. ʻImiloa is a cohesive unit that is trying to execute its educational mission. But it’s all the different partners coming together underneath a single umbrella to host a conversation about our voyaging traditions that makes this effort collaborative but also very successful and very compelling in this nature of this story that we are trying to share.”


Collaborating with these science centers and museums introduced a whole new audience to this traditional knowledge of voyaging and wayfinding.

“I think this is probably a very different audience compared to what they are going to be encountering elsewhere. So it’s a good chance to really help to educate people who don’t know anything really about Hawaiʻi other than what they see when they go to a tourist show. So this is the real Hawaiʻi. It gives them a chance to really learn and I think it gives both the educators and the audience here an amazing opportunity,” says Lavis.

Kumu Hula and Musician, Robert Cazimero, confirms this idea in stating that they came, “To really showcase the beauty of Hawaiian culture, arts, and ingenuity - and what better way to do so than by celebrating Hōkūleʻa and her worldwide voyage. We are here to teach people from around the world about Hawaiʻi and our culture, which I think is really important to the longevity of our Hawaiian culture.”

These partnerships help to not only share the beauty of Hawaiian culture, but also the scientific brilliance of Polynesian wayfinders and the Worldwide Voyage’s amazing mission of “Mālama Honua,” to care for Island Earth.

ʻImiloa: The Science of Navigatingfrom Oiwi TV on Vimeo.


'Imiloa Continues Our Navigation and Wayfinding Message Throughout New York City

Our 'Imiloa Outreach Team recently shared our programming with the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) in New York City. LESGC provides innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for young women. Their facility includes their East Village Planetarium, a 64-seat, 30' digital dome where 'Imiloa shared our special programming on Wayfinding and Navigation using the Hawaiian Star Compass. Mahalo to the Lower Eastside Girls Club for having us at your facility and giving us the opportunity to spread our message with your girls and young women! 



'Imiloa Hits the Big Apple! 

June 6, 2016

After a successful week of programming in Washington, D.C., ‘Imiloa’s outreach team arrived in New York City on Friday, June 3 to continue our programming support for the Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.  This gave us an opportunity to attend a Pau Hana reception hosted in Tribeca by the UH Alumni Association, where we joined UH President David Lassner and a host of local alumni of all ages and from all UH campuses.  Then on June 5, we were privileged to be among several hundred New Yorkers and visitors who turned out in Battery Park City--despite heavy rainshowers—to welcome Hōkūleʻa’s arrival and celebrate the significance of her mission.  And on June 6, we had a special opportunity to join educators and community members for a New York Education and Environment Summit hosted by the Polynesian Voyaging Society on Governors Island.  There we learned about the New York Harbor School’s inspirational Billion Oyster Project, this amazing charter school is providing the same sort of authentic, place-based science and math education that ‘Imiloa is doing…only instead of wayfinding, they are using the lens of oyster restoration!


Over the next five days we will be offering ‘Imiloa programs at several New York City venues.  Two of these events will be open to the public and we would love to have ‘Imiloa friends and supporters turn out to see us:

"He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above

An Evening with Navigators Chad Kālepa Baybayan and Celeste Manuia Haʻo

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West at 81th St.)

For tickets:  visit the American Museum of Natural History website


Wayfinding Workshops on the Hawaiian Star Compass and Hand Calibration Techniques

Free 30-minute workshops, first-come, first-served; offered every 30 minutes, 30 participants per session.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 11:00 am-4:00 pm

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

2nd Floor, Heye Center, NMAI (One Bowling Green)

For information: visit NMAI's website.

We’ll also be doing first-ever presentations for audiences at the Lower East Side Girls Club, a highly successful after-school program with well developed STEM programming for girls (and an onsite planetarium!), as well as at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, a unique museum located on aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark docked in the Hudson River.

For further information contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at


    (Hōkūleʻa at North Cove Marina on the Hudson River)

     (Thousands of New York residents welcomed Hōkūleʻa)



May 30, 2016

Over Memorial Day weekend, our 'Imiloa team offered two full days of wayfinding programming as part of the Hawaiian Cultural Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C.  Using the recent visit of the Hōkūleʻa as a springboard, we trained nearly 1,000 visitors on the Hawaiian Star Compass and other navigation techniques, and then sent them into a portable planetarium to try out their newfound knowledge against a projection of the night sky over the Pacific Ocean.  Science taught through a cultural lens proved just as popular in D.C. as it is in Hawaiʻi, and we hope to pursue further collaborations with our partners at NMAI and the National Air & Space Museum.

Coming up next, we're heading for New York City, where 'Imiloa will be presenting an evening program in the world renowned Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History. Titled "He Lani Ko Luna, A Sky Above," the program takes place at 7:00 pm, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. For information on how to obtain tickets, please visit the American Museum of Natural History website. We'd love to have 'Imiloa friends and supporters with us for a very special evening.

We are also pleased to announce that 'Imiloa will be holding interactive wayfinding workshops at NMAI in New York on Saturday, June 11 from 11 am - 4 pm. If you are in the area come learn about the Hawaiian Star Compass and how to use your own hand as a personal measuring tool to determine latitude, time, and direction. The free workshops are first-come, first-served and run every 30 minutes, 30 participants per session. For more information please visit NMAI's calendar and click on the event.

Follow our Facebook page for the latest updates on 'Imiloa's East Coast Outreach. For further information on our schedule, please contact Margaret Shiba, Director of Institutional Advancement, at





'Imiloa Outreach is going to the East Coast! 

May 20, 2016


We’re excited to announce that ‘Imiloa will present our first-ever programs in Washington, DC and New York City throughout the end of May and early June. We're taking advantage of these East Coast stops of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a, now in the midst of the historic Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage... in order to share 'Imiloa's unique brand of culture-based science with new audiences far from home!

In Washington DC, 'Imiloa Outreach will be at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian for the Hawaiian Cultural Festival 2016.  Outreach Coordinator Celeste Haʻo and Navigator-in-Residence Kālepa Chad Baybayan will be featured presenters.  All events take place at NMAI at Fourth St. and Independence Avenue, S.W., and are free and open to the public. The schedule of events are listed below.

In New York City we’re very proud to announce that ‘Imiloa will be presenting an evening program in the world renowned Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, June 7. Click here to purchase tickets to 'Imiloa's special programming in New York City.

‘Imiloa is grateful to the Ama OluKai Foundation for partial support of our first-ever East Coast outreach programming.

Click here to learn more about Na Ohana Hoku Eha, The Four Star Families





Washington D.C. Schedule of Events 

Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29, 2016