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Hulihee event remembers Kuakini

The Daughters of Hawaii and Calabash Cousins present Afternoon at Hulihee at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hulihee Palace to remember the late John Adams Kuakini. The Merrie Monarchs and Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawaii will perform.

Afternoon at Hulihee is part of the palace’s series of free monthly events that honor Hawaii’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Kuakini was a cousin to Kamehameha I and governor of Hawaii Island.

Hulihe’e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, can be reached by calling 329-6558.

Astronomy, engineering summit slated

The second annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit, hosted by Imiloa Astronomy Center, coordinated by the University of Hawaii at Hilo Conference Center and sponsored by the Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii County Department of Research and Development and Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee, will gather high school students and educators from the TMT partner countries — Japan, China, India, Canada and the United States. Held Monday through July 25 at Imiloa, the summit will be an intensive five-day forum focused on astronomy and engineering.

This year’s theme, “He Lani Ko Luna, He Honua Ko Lalo: the sky above, the earth (and the sea) below and all that is encompassed therein,” is derived from a Hawaiian proverb that speaks about the synergistic relationship among the sky, earth, ocean and all forms of life. Each day will feature a different facet of the overarching theme. Participants will explore Hawaii’s culture and various areas of science in order to understand how the atmosphere above Hawaii interacts with the land and sea below to create the world’s best place for conducting observational astronomy. Most importantly, the summit will highlight some of the discoveries being made from Mauna Kea, the world’s premiere site for astronomy, as scientists look to advance humanity’s quest in space exploration.

For more information, visit paes.hawaii-conference.com, or contact Celeste Hao at paes@imiloahawaii.org.