(BIVN) – As ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center turns 15 years old during the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration turns to the great outdoors. From ʻImiloa:
The public is invited to join ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i in celebrating 15 years of exploration from February 20 to March 19, 2021. Sponsored by KTA Super Stores, this year’s birthday theme, Celebrating Our Great Outdoors, will be a month-long event filled with hands-on learning opportunities and virtual engagement, encouraging Hawaiʻi Island families to explore nature and the outdoor spaces across the island, both online and physically.
“We’re very excited to be celebrating ʻImiloa’s 15th anniversary and welcome everyone to participate in the activities that we have planned,” said Executive Director, Kaʻiu Kimura. “This year, we’re celebrating the great outdoors and Hawaiʻi Island – the amazingly rich and diverse island that we call home.”
The 4-week birthday celebration will start off with a goodie bag pick up at ‘Imiloa on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00a-11:00a. Island residents can drive-up to the front door of ʻImiloa and receive a bag that includes, a specially developed Palapala Holoholo – our explorer’s journal – an ʻImiloa Explorer Kit, individually packaged KTA cookies, and a kalo plant ready for planting from the ʻImiloa garden. When attending the ʻImiloa birthday drive-up, participants are asked to remain in their vehicles while ʻImiloa staff hand off birthday supplies through the passenger window.
The word “palapala” in Hawaiian is representative of any kind of documentation; to write, to journal, and even to print or make drawings or designs. The word “holoholo” in Hawaiian means to go for a walk, ride, sail, or stroll; it is meant for leisurely adventures and pleasant travels. The Palapala Holoholo is a journal filled with tips, trails, ʻImiloa curated activities and safety information that encourages participants to explore four (4) outdoor hiking spots across the island – Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Kaulana Manu Nature Trail, Pololū Valley, and the Puʻu Waʻawaʻa Dry Land Forest. The ʻImiloa Explorer Kit is a complement to the Palapala Holoholo filled with six (6) different crafts to stimulate and assist keiki in active observation while exploring these unique parts of the island.
Pop-Ups at KTA locations
Following the 20th birthday drive-up, ʻImiloa will be sharing more birthday goodie bags to the public at several KTA locations across the island on select Saturdays. “We are excited to host ‘Imiloa’s birthday pop-up stations at our stores and encourage everyone to check them out when they are here,” said Toby Taniguchi, President and COO of KTA Super Stores. “We wish ‘Imiloa many more years of success and birthday celebrations. Happy birthday and congratulations, ‘Imiloa!”
A more extensive digital version of the Palapala Holoholo as well as free downloadable prints and tutorial videos for crafts from the ʻImiloa Explorer Kit are available on www.imiloahawaii.org.
Social Media Contests:
Interested individuals are also encouraged to enter social media contests that will be promoted throughout the month-long event. Be sure to follow ʻImiloa on Facebook (ʻImiloa Astronomy Center) and Instagram (@imiloaastronomycenter). Details for contest entries and prizes, KTA pop-up dates and February 20th birthday drive-up can also be found at www.imiloahawaii.org.
“We want to thank KTA Super Stores for their continued support of ʻImiloa, and in particular our birthday,” says Kimura. “KTA provides invaluable support to not only ʻImiloa, but to numerous organizations and schools throughout our island community.”