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Native Hawaiian Astronomy and Navigation

May 17, 2018 - May 18, 2018

The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, is excited to offer a special student program in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: “A Sky Above: Native Hawaiian Astronomy and Navigation” on May 17 and 18. Rooted in STEAM principles, this immersive program allows students to explore the intersection of science and Native Hawaiian culture.

» The program is FREE, but advance registration is required.
» Registration closes April 27 or when capacity is reached, whichever occurs first.
» Two program options for grades 4–6 are available.
» A minimum of 25 students is required to register.
» One adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.

The program offers the following experiences for students:

Planetarium: This experience is delivered “under the stars” in a digital, portable planetarium by educators from the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Students learn how Native Hawaiians traditionally used the stars to navigate the oceans.

Storytelling: One of Hawai‘i’s most prominent theatre artists, Moses Goods, leads a theatrical storytelling experience focused on the themes of wayfinding and navigation.

Explore Stations: These stations offer informal walk-up opportunities for students to explore the themes of astronomy and navigation with Hawaiian cultural experts. Stations include canoe building, Hawaiian language and dance, and traditional games.

Please visit the website to register.


May 17, 2018
May 18, 2018
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National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Ave, S.W.
Washington, DE 20560 United States
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(202) 633-1000