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New partnership hopes to elevate astronomy center

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HILO (KHNL) - This week, a historic partnership is unveiled on the Big Island, to share ideas of Native Hawaiian's views of the earth, sea and sky.

The Imiloa Astronomy Center, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the National Marine Sanctuaries and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park signs a memorandum to work together.

"I think it's a terrific step because it really recognizes the fact that people come here and when school students are learning about science, it's not just about the sky, or about the volcano, or about the ocean, it's the three elements together," Imiloa executive director Peter Giles said.

The new programs will include education and outreach, staff and volunteer interaction, as well as collaborative training and other mutually beneficial projects.

"It allows us to work seeminglessly together to bring youth to these incredible three sites to learn earth, sea and sky and we really hope to create brand new programming for our residents and visitors alike," Hawaii Volcanoes National Park chief interpreter Jim Gale said.

Visitors like anne white are already seeing the benefits.

"To see the people whom my ancestors have brought much sorrow, to see them bringing, finding their own voice and their own culture is just very inspiring," Visitor Anne White said.

For others, it's a chance to give back to the community.

"So when you visit any one of our three visitor places on the Big Island, you get a bigger picture of not just the national park or not just our little visitor center about the ocean, you get to see and experience the entire thing," NOAA regional director Allen Tom said.

Senator Dan Inouye praised the partnership because he says together they can begin to tell the whole story of our Hawaiian Archipelago.

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