The stars played an important role in the traditional lives of people in both Hawaii and Japan. Their movements through the heavens tracked the passage of time and the seasons — telling farmers when to plant and harvest, guiding seafarers on their voyages of discovery.
Today, the stars are leading the way on a new voyage of discovery, into the universe itself, with cutting-edge telescopes as vessels. Astronomers moving to the Island of Hawaii are among the latest in a long history of immigrants from around the globe, including Japan.
Recent arrivals such as Nobuo Arimoto, director of the Subaru Telescope, are drawn to Mauna Kea’s collection of state-of-the-art telescopes found nowhere else in the world. At the Lyman Museum on Monday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., Arimoto will zoom in on the unique properties and functions of the Subaru Telescope and explain why Mauna Kea is one of the best places on Earth to conduct astronomy.
Admission is $3; free for museum members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; seating is limited to 65 persons on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St. in Hilo. Additional parking is available at Hilo Union School. For more information, call 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.