The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island of Hawai’i blends past and present with a focus on the night sky. Part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the center is a kid-friendly, hands-on sort of place where families can roam through various exhibit areas or enjoy a show in the planetarium.
My husband and I spent some time at the center over the weekend with two teen boys – one mine, one visiting from out of state. Before entering the exhibit area, we learned a little about Mauna Kea, a mountain significant to the native Hawaiians as well as the astronomers who count on Mauna Kea’s clear skies for some great views of the Universe. We got a chance to explore both inside the exhibit hall.