About Town 12-31-13


Led Zeppelin show returns to Imiloa

The high octane sounds of Led Zeppelin returns to Imiloa’s planetarium, starting Friday at 7 p.m. Ticketing is $10 for nonmembers; $8 for members.

The show features immersive fulldome video graphics with the combination of Led Zeppelin classics pumping through the Imiloa planetarium’s 10,000-watt, 5.1 surround sound system.

“Led Zeppelin fans young and old will love this fulldome Led Zeppelin experience.” said Christopher Phillips, planetarium staff. “This show brings in the high energy fueled rock ‘n’ roll of Led Zeppelin like ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ ‘Immigrant Song,’ ‘Kashmir,’ ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and other greats set to immersive CGI effects in a dome environment.”

The show puts both a modern and nostalgic spin on the music of one of the best rock bands ever played in planetarium shows. Way beyond high definition, the fulldome animation created for Led Zeppelin is one of the highest resolution ever made for a digital dome music show.

The show will play on selected Fridays at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Imiloa front desk or by phone by calling 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets will also be available prior to the show. Tickets are nonrefundable. Because of the intense nature of the show, it is not recommended for children younger than 10 years.

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is located at 600 Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo streets at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, visit imiloahawaii.org, or call 969-9700.

NHCH plans birthday celebration for Bakken

North Hawaii Community Hospital invites the community to celebrate hospital founder, Hawaii Island philanthropist and pacemaker inventor Earl Bakken’s 90th birthday with cake and ice cream at North Hawaii Community Hospital from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday. Bakken be in attendance, and the event is free.

Bakken became involved in the development of the 33-bed hospital in North Hawaii in the early 1990s. He was born Jan. 10, 1924, in Columbia Heights, Minn. In 1949, he co-founded a company called Medtronic to service medical electronic equipment. On Oct. 31, 1957, because of a blackout in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., life-threatening problems caused the death of a sick infant known as a blue baby. One month later, Medtronic created the first wearable, battery-powered, transistorized, external cardiac pacemaker. In 1984, The National Society of Professional Engineers named the invention of the cardiac pacemaker one of the 10 outstanding engineering achievements of the second half of the 20th century. In 1989, Bakken retired from Medtronic and moved to Kiholo Bay.

Waimea Ballroom Dancers offer lessons

Waimea Ballroom Dance Club is offering Latin ballroom dance classes that start Monday and continue each Monday for six weeks in the Waimea Elementary School Cafeteria. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. the first two weeks only, class starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by a half-hour practice mixer. Dues are $15 per year. Cost for the six, one-hour classes is $10.

Call Peter In at 885-4776 for more information.