Aloha WHAC Members,
AstroDay will be back at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo on Saturday,
May 6th from 10 am to 5 pm. The event will feature Mauna Kea
Observatories exhibits, Hawaiian cultural displays, students science
projects, liquid nitrogen demonstrations, an infrared camera portrait
studio, StarLab Planetarium shows, scholastic robotics competition
and demonstrations, telescope viewing and a Kids Corner with fun
activities for youngsters. Live Hawaiian slack key music will be
performed by George Kahumoku Jr, Keoki Kahumoku and Joe Marquand.
AstroDay will continue after dark with stargazing at the Visitor
Information Station at the 9200 foot elevation of Mauna Kea with
members of the West Hawaii Astronomy Club and the Haleakala Amateur
AstroDay is Hilo, Hawaii's version of the National Astronomy Day
event. Created in 2002, AstroDay (http://astroday.net)
has grown to
become one of the largest events of its kind in the world and has
earned national recognition each year including the Astronomy Day of
the Year award in 2002. AstroDay is a celebration of astronomy and
Hawaiian culture, with a mission to educate the public on the
cultural significance, and scientific importance of Mauna Kea - and
to help bridge the two through commonality such as Polynesian
wayfinding. "Wayfinders were explorers of their day, discovering new
islands in the midst of a vast ocean using their eyes as
instruments," say event coordinators. "Today's astronomers are
explorers too, discovering new vistas in the universe using
telescopes and detectors as instruments."
AstroDay will make a presentation of the Excellence in Teaching award
to a Hawaii Island educator whose creativity and enthusiasm engage
students in science curricula in exciting and meaningful ways. "We
feel that the award is just a small way to thank and acknowledge
teachers for their dedication and commitment to the education of our
children", state AstroDay coordinators.
A robotics hall will feature Botball, First Lego League and
underwater ROV teams from Big Island schools. A Botball tournament
will allow the public to see Hawaii Island's contingent of junior
robo-engineers and their creations that will be pitted against each
other in competition.
There will be a drawing for a Meade ETX90 computerized telescope and
a $5000 Meade LX200 GPS telescope. The first 100 children who
register for the raffle will receive a free AstroDay commemorative
The AstroDay Festival is a great opportunity for a shared learning
experience for whole ohana. Admission is free and open to the
public. For more information, call 932-2328 or email fujmon@...
or visit http://www.astroday.net.