Galaxy Forum 2010

Media Release:

Galaxy Forum 2010 Hawaii – Hilo
Making Hawaii 1st through Galaxy Learning

A forum to advance Galaxy Education and Stellar Academics in the 21st Century.

Spend a special morning with Hawaii Island’s finest galaxy, space, astronomy and cultural educators and innovators.

When: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 10:30am-12:30pm at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo
For Whom: Teachers, educators, astronomers and interested public
Cost: Free admission / RSVP

Please join us for the third Galaxy Forum of 2010. The Galaxy Forum is a series of local community events to promote Galaxy Education in the 21st Century.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Kumiko Usuda, Outreach Scientist, Subaru Telescope: Dr. Usuda is a dynamic and accomplished Galaxy educator with experience in Hawaii’s classrooms teaching students how to build their own scale models of the Milky Way.

Kumiko has presented at four Galaxy Forums in Hawaii in 2009. She will be speaking about how to integrate Galaxy awareness in preschool, elementary, secondary and college classroom curriculum.

Other Presenters:

Shawn Laatsch, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center: Planetarium Galaxy Show

Peter Michaud: Gemini Observatory Astronomy and Galaxy Research

Kimo Pihana and Koa Rice, Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners: “Hawaiian Culture and Galaxy Education”

International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA): “ILO ‘Galaxy Moon’ and Galaxy First Light Imaging Program”

Panel Discussion local teachers committed to enhancing general science education in Hawaii, to include:

How can “Getting to Know Our Place in the Universe” inspire, engage and influence the minds of keiki in our classrooms?

How can we integrate Native Hawaiian culture into 21st Century Galaxy Education?

How can Galaxy / Astronomy Science and Galaxy Education materials be integrated into the K-12 standards-based education system?

How can Hawai’i Island educators utilize the world-class resources of science and astronomy on this island?

Please RSVP by Monday, May 17 by calling 808-885-3474 or email to

Rainbow Friends “No Kill” Animal Sanctuary Holding Fundraiser Friday

On Friday May 14th, Rainbow Friends “No Kill” Animal Sanctuary will hold a fundraiser in Kawaihae at the Blue Dragon Restaurant and Musiquarium, from 5:30  to 10 p.m.

The Blue Dragon will donate 25% of all food and beverage sales to help support the animals at this no-kill facility; home to 85 dogs, 200 cats and a pig named Hamilton.

Live music by rock & roll band, Johnny Shot.

Reservations are recommended, and be sure to say “Hammie the pig sent you.”

Let’s party for the animals at Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary.  Remember… animals alive, not euthanized.

For more info, call the Rainbow Friends’ hotline at 333-6299.

For reservations call the Blue Dragon at 882-7771 or visit .

Wordless Wednesday – Living in a Concrete Jungle

Check out this concrete house!

The sign in front of the house says Kehena Point and this place is for sale

Final EIS – TMT Observatory Project

Media Release:

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (UH Hilo) in its capacity as the proposing agency for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project has approved the publication of the Final EIS.  The notice of availability has been published in the May 8, 2010, edition of The Environmental Notice.  A copy of the Final EIS is available for download at

The Final EIS identifies the “13-North” (13N) site as the Project, as the Draft EIS did, and this site remains the focus of the Final EIS.  The selection of the 13N site was based on consideration of the impacts of both the 13N site and the Project alternatives considered.

The acceptance of the Final EIS by the Governor of Hawai‘i completes the Project’s compliance with the EIS law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Chapter 343) and the EIS rules (Hawai‘i Administrative Rules, Title 11, Chapter 200).  Therefore, you will not receive any further notifications regarding the Project.  You can continue to follow the Project at