Hilo, Hawai‘i – ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center dares you to explore The Mutants of Maunakea when ‘Imiloa transforms the exhibit hall into a “spooky science hall” on Friday October 26, and Saturday October 27, 2012. The doors open from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (no tickets sold after 8 p.m.) each night with early entrance for ‘Imiloa members at 5:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and bring a collection bag to fill with their findings on their journey of discovery.
This year we will feature Maunakea’s strangest endemic species with activities for all ages. The journey starts below the earth in the deepest parts of a lava tube and travels all the way to the summit of Maunakea. Along the way ‘Imiloa staff will feature the innovation of Maunakea’s strangest inhabitants and the unique ecosystems that they live in.
The exhibit hall will be filled with educational and fun hands-on activities like the ‘alalā penny toss, the not-so-stinky koa bug shrinky dinks, and happy face spider mask making.
If you’re 10 or older, dare to brave the “Mutants Gone Wrong” maze! Walk through the corridors of change where you can see the strange life forms that result when nature’s adaptations goes astray.
“We hope parents and their children will make ‘Imiloa a yearly Halloween stop, infusing ‘spooky science’ with a safe and entertaining night for the family,” said Justina Mattos, ‘Imiloa education and content resource specialist.
Fee is $6 per person (for all participants, adults as well as children) and $5 for members. Keiki 2 years and under are free. Families should plan on arriving anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. No tickets will be sold after 8:00 pm on the day of the event. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call the front desk to pre-purchase your tickets today at 969-9703!
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, a part of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place, on the UHH Science and Technology campus, exit makai off Komohana Street and turn onto Nowelo. Call 808-969-9700 for recorded information, or 808-969-9703 for more information, or visit www.imiloahawaii.org.