Stellar additions to Imaginarium

JESSICA CRAWFORD

Dr. Joseph Ciotti stands next to his designed bronze sundial made in England.

Want to learn more about astronomy in a fun way? Check out the WCC Imaginarium’s new features this season. On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, “Star-Crossed Lovers” will be shown at 7 and 8:30 p.m. for adults 21 and older.

The social hour runs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The second seating’s social hour is from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Tickets will be $15 and include a glass of wine and a Valentine Day’s favor. A photo booth will be featured as well.

“Krissie Kellog is the woman who does the show,” said Imaginarium manager Carolyn Kaichi.

“There are a lot of adult themes with Greek mythology. She doesn’t hold back. She’s a really fun presenter.”

Call 235-7433 for reservations. Tickets must be picked up and paid for at least 15 minutes prior to seating.

No walk-up tickets will be available, and proof of age is required.

The Imaginarium is also featuring Saturday family-friendly matinees this season at 2 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 23, and June 20.

“People could come and do either one or both shows. It’s only an hour show, so if they wanted to stay for both, at least they have a choice,” said Kaichi.

The Imaginarium offers a variety of seven family-friendly shows on Saturdays ranging from “Perfect Little Planet” to “Cowboy Astronomer.”

For the full schedule, visit http://aerospace.wcc.hawaii.edu/imaginarium.html.

One of the matinees is the new children’s show, “Kaluokahina: The Enchanted Reef,” which will premiere at 2 and 3 p.m. on Feb. 21.

“It’s kind of an exciting one because it has an ocean and environmental theme, so we invited C-MORE (Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education) from the University of Hawaii Manoa,” added Kaichi.

JESSICA CRAWFORD

Imaginarium manager Carolyn Kaichi discusses the new schedule for this semester.

C-MORE will bring activities for the children to do outside. Tickets can be purchased at least 15 minutes before the show.

The cost is $5 for a child, $6 for UH students, and $7 for general admission. Credit cards are not accepted at the box office.

Another addition to the Imaginarium is a bronze sundial named Ke Ao o Ka Lā, Hawaiian for “the realm of the sun.” It was designed by Dr. Joseph Ciotti, WCC professor and Imaginarium founder.

The sundial was made in England and shows various images such as a Polynesian voyaging canoe and compass, an iwa (frigate bird), and the silhouette of Maui, who is responsible for the Polynesian explanation of why days in summer are longer than those in winter.

“We wanted to show the connection between the way the Polynesians observe the sky and the way modern man observe the sky. We always like to show that connection,” said Ciotti.

The sundial will also be used to educate visitors about time in Hawai’i. The instrument is about 40 minutes off right now.

“We are one of the only states that doesn’t observe daylight savings time,” he explained.

“One of the reasons, we don’t observe it is because we are in perpetual daylight savings time. We are not in the time zone that really belongs to Hawaiian standard time. We are actually to the west of it. It’s as if we are always between half an hour and one hour ahead of time.”

In the future, the Imaginarium will present a 15-minute program explaining the sundial. Eventually, it will be used in the Polynesian voyaging course’s curriculum.

by Elizabeth Voltz, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter