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IfA Hilo Outreach - Koa's Presentation

Virtual Journey

You will start your virtual journey with Koa as she guides you through the ahupua`a (land divisions) of Mauna Kea starting at the summit at sunrise and working your way down the mountain to the ocean. Koa will take you through numerous ancient sites that were used by the ancient Hawaiians and talk about the many uses both past and present of this sacred mountain.

Koa will talk about geology, archaeology, plants and animals of the area and about the highest lake in the Pacific. She will talk about the adze quarry where the ancient Hawaiians worked the basalt rock to make their tools, of how they cut down the huge koa trees for their canoes and hauled them to sea level. She will briefly explain the science of navigation and way finding, both past and present.

Then, Koa will share information about modern astronomy and the importance of bridging the gap between culture and astronomy, and about the similarities between them - how Hawaiians have always been kilo hoku (star gazers) and continue to reach to the heavens for answers to unknown questions. She talks about the astronomers and how astronomy is sacred in its own way, about her support of the modern sciences and the fact that the astronomers and scientists are her extended `ohana. She speaks of how we can all work together towards a common goal, studying the heavens.


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