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Tickets

The Box Office opens 30 minutes before the show. No credit cards accepted.
$8 General Admission
$7   WCC student, military, senior (65+) with ID
$6 Children (ages 4-12)
Free for children under 4 (1 per paying adult), WCC faculty or staff with ID


PUBLIC SHOWS (808) 236-9170
Starting January 2020, we will no longer be taking reservations. All tickets for public shows will be sold on a walk-up basis only. For recorded information on our Imaginarium shows, please call 236-9170. This number only provides our pre-recorded message and does not accept caller voice messages. If you need to contact the Imaginarium staff, please cali 235-7350.

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Expedition Reef
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Sep 6 at 7:00 pm

Expedition Reef narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, will immerse audiences in an undersea adventure. Learn the secrets of the "rainforests of the sea" as you and your visitors embark on an oceanic safari to the world’s most vibrant — and endangered — marine ecosystems. This fulldome planetarium show provides an up-close look at a part of our planet many people have never experienced. Discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth — while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing. (26min)

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Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter
SHOWTIME

Friday, Oct 26 at 1:00 pm

Phantom is a new planetarium show designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. The show reveals the first hints
of "dark matter" through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined
the term. It showcases the journey of protons racing through the world's largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the big bang and the emergent cosmos. The show is narrated by Oscar-winning actress,Tilda Swinton.

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Pink Floyd - The Wall
SHOWTIME

Friday, Jan 3 at 8:15 pm

Experience the classic 1979 rock album in a stunning High Definition digital interpretation of sight and sound created specifically for full dome theaters.



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Mayan Archaeoastronomy - Observers of the Universe
SHOWTIME

Friday, Oct 4 at 7:00 pm

This show intertwines science and mythology to take audiences on a poetic journey showing how the Mayans have viewed and
understood the Universe throughout their history. The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautiful stylistic painting.



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Totality
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Jan 25 at 2:00 pm

Totality is all about eclipses from lunar to total solar and covers how they occur and what
happens when they do. This show looks forward to upcoming eclipses and where to witness them. The production includes a variety of styles from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books.

Teachers - This show supports NGSS: 1-ESS1, 2-ESS1, 3-PS2, 5-PS2, 5-ESS1,
MS-PS2, and MS-ESS1.

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IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
SHOWTIME

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Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. This show follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Students will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission's discoveries.

Teachers – IBEX supports NGSS: 4-PS4, 5-ESS3, MS-PS4, MS-ETS1

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Ancient Skies
SHOWTIME

Friday, Aug 24 at 2:00 pm

Hidden within some of mankind’s oldest monuments may lie the foundations of modern science. Using motion controlled time-lapse, CGI, and interviews with some of the most respected archaeologists and astronomers of our generation, this program explores the possibilities that the construction of these monuments were intimately connected to celestial cycles.

Big Bird, Elmo and HuHu Zhu looking at the crescent moon in the blue sky.
One World, One Sky Big Bird's Adventure
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Dec 21 at 1:00 pm

Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and HuHu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night!

One World One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure was made possible by the generous donation of the Iris an Rodney Fukui Family though the Imaginarium's Adopt-a-Show sponsorship.

Runtime: approximately 24 minutes
Teachers – Big Bird’s Adventure supports NGSS: K-PS2

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Stargazing
SHOWTIMES

2nd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm

Join veteran presenter/storyteller Krissie Kellogg on the second Wednesday of each month as she takes you on a delightful tour of the constellations in the Imaginarium skies. Stay informed as the stars, planets and moon change as they move through space and learn about current events happening in the night sky as well as in space exploration!

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Flying Monsters
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Oct 26 at 2:00 pm

For thousands of years, humans believed that there were once flying monsters. Such creatures became mythologized, with stories about them shared around the world. But could they have really existed? Flying Monsters is a National Geographic documentary that explores these great prehistoric beasts.

Around 220 million years ago dinosaurs were on the rise to dominating the Earth. But another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap--control of the skies. They were the pterosaurs--after insects, the first animals ever to fly. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction.

Hosted by Sir David Attenborough, distinguished naturalist and broadcaster, this program uses amazing special effects techniques to portray these airborne dinosaurs. Appropriate for anyone that loves dinosaurs!

Teachers – Flying Monsters supports NGSS: 1-LS1, 2-LS4, 3-LS1,2,3,&4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1,2,3,&4, MS-ESS1 & 2

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Voyages of the Starship Discovery
SHOWTIME

Voyage across the Solar System and beyond. This interactive show enlists your services onboard the Starship Discovery as an engineer, scientist or observer as you journey across the Milky Way galaxy. Engage the Imaginarium’s control buttons at your seat to fly to distant worlds as you probe and explore their cosmic mysteries. Your mission — to go where no human has gone before and view our place in the universe. (This presentation does not include the Imaginarium's usual live sky segment.)


Teachers – Voyages of the Starship Discovery supports NGSS: 3-5ETS1,  5-ESS1,
MS-ETS1

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Kaluokahina the Enchanted Reef
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Jan 25 at 1:00 pm

"Kaluokahina" is an enchanted tropical coral reef. The reef's colorful inhabitants have always lived in this peaceful, secret world--until a volcanic catastrophe breaks the spell!

Now it's up to Jake, a young sawfish, and his buddy Shorty, a lively reef fish, to restore the magic of their home. Their only lead: an ancient legend that tells of touching the moon...
Teachers – Kaluokahina supports NGSS: K-PS2, K-ESS2&3, 3-LS4, MS-LS2&4

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Magic Tree House Space Mission
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Sep 28 at 1:00 pm

Based on the popular children's Magic Tree House® books, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more.
Husband and wife authors Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne collaborated to produce this planetarium based program, popular with Magic Tree House® fans of all ages.

Teachers – Magic Tree House supports NGSS: k-PS2, K-ESS3, 1-ESS1, 2-ESS1, 4-ESS2, 5-ESS1 & 2

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Perfect Little Planet
 SHOWTIME


Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot.
Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Teachers – Perfect Little Planet supports NGSS: K-ESS2 & 3, 3-LS4, MS-LS2 & 4

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Maunakea Between Earth and Sky
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Nov 23 at 2:00 pm

Maunakea Between Earth and Sky is the signature show of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. The Imaginarium is excited to present the fulldome show for the first time to Oahu audiences.

Explore connections between Hawaiian culture and Maunakea astronomy. Become immersed in the story of Pele and Poli`ahu and the creation of the Hawaiian Islands. Gaze into the night sky, past planets, galaxies and swirling nebula—back to the beginning of the universe—and fly through an observatory atop Maunakea.

Teachers – Maunakea supports NGSS: 2-ESS1 & 2, 4-ESS1, 5-ESS1 & 2, MS-ESS1 & 2

Two images of Mauna kea volcano errupting.
Nightwalk
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Oct 26 at 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Take a virtual tour of a haunted graveyard, where you'll walk at the speed of fright. This 15-minute show features the 3D animated head-spinning magic of the Imaginarium.

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Stars of the Pharoahs
SHOWTIME

Friday, Nov 1 at 7:00 pm

Stars of the Pharaohs takes the audience back some 6,000 years to the land of ancient Egypt and the stars that trekked across its desert skies. Using the Imaginarium’s multi-media projectors, this planetarium show reenacts the mythological creation of the Egyptian universe and discusses the celestial connections of the many pyramids that stand sentinel to its ancient history. The audience will be guided around the early Egyptian constellations and learn how the Sun, Orion and the ancient Pole Star were used to align their monumental temples and pyramids. The journey through this ancient culture will showcase the earliest calendar ever devised—one based on the rising of the star Sirius and its ability to predict the annual flooding of the Nile River. Stars of the Pharaohs, which was originally produced by the Buhl Planetarium, has been modified by Windward Community College’s Imaginarium to include visually rich graphics from Evans and Sutherland.

Teachers – Stars of the Pharaohs supports NGSS:1-ESS1, 4-ESS1, 5-ESS1&3, MS-ESS1

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Led Zeppelin
SHOWTIME

Friday, Aug 2 & Nov 1 at 8:15 pm

Even after 35 years of laser shows, "Led Zeppelin" remains one of the most popular music shows ever performed in planetariums. Now see what the Clark Planetarium Productions has done with it for the fulldome theater! Zeppelin fans of all ages are welcome. (This presentation does not include the Imaginarium's usual live sky segment.)






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Flight Adventure
SHOWTIME


This 30-minute multi-media show from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis introduces children and families to the science, technology, and history of flight. The show features NASA's research and the advancements that have made space travel possible, along with the important role that models have played in flight development.

Teachers – Flight Adventure supports NGSS: K-2-ETS1, 3-5-ETS1, 5-ESS3, 5-ETS1, MS-ETS1

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Solar Quest
SHOWTIME

Friday, Oct 4 at 7:00 pm

Solar Quest is a planetarium short feature that demonstrates and provides an overview of the Sun - Earth environment. Detailed high-quality animations and videos demonstrate various solar phenomena such as fusion, light energy and solar surface features. Also discussed are the impacts that space weather may have on Earth and how the Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth. The show also highlights the role of the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) and how scientists have begun to use it as a way to help identify and predict severe space weather.


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Dream to Fly
SHOWTIME

Friday, Dec 6 at 7 pm

Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure with powerful images and music, an immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history.


“Dream to Fly” describes the most important milestones on our route to conquering the skies – both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions on flying itself.

Runtime: 35 minutes. Suitable for all audiences.


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Season of Light
SHOWTIMES

Saturday, Nov 23 at 1:00 pm & Dec 21 at 2:00 p,

A visually rich show about the darkest and coldest time of the year that explains the seasons and the origins of many of the world's most enduring customs from Christmas trees to the Hanukkah Menorah, Santa and the Star of Bethlehem.

Teachers – Season of Light supports NGSS: 2-ESS1&2, 3-ESS2, 3-LS1, 4-ESS1&3, 5-ESS1,2&3, MS-PS1, MS-LS1, MS-ESS1&2

Star of Bethlehem: The Magi's Story
SHOWTIME

Friday, Dec 6 at 8:15 pm & Jan 3 at 7:00 pm

Written and produced by Imaginarium Director Dr. Joseph Ciotti and narrated by Hawaii radio personality Billy V, Star of Bethlehem: The Magi's Story explores some of the astronomical possibilities for the star that guided the Wise Men to Bethlehem. The show recounts the story of the Magi - who they were, where they came from and why a star could so entice them to embark on a journey to a distant kingdom.

Teachers – Star of Bethlehem supports NGSS: 2-ESS1&2, 3-ESS2, 3-LS1, 4-ESS1&3 , 5-ESS1,2&3, MS-PS1, MS-LS1, MS-ESS1&2
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Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
SHOWTIME

Friday, Oct 4 at 8:15 pm

Immerse yourself in a fulldome experience of Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic rock music album synched with the next generation of computer generated imagery of mesmerizing waves of colors, images, and animations. Not recommended for young children, suggested age 13 and above. (This presentation does not include the Imaginarium's usual live sky segment.)

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Earth, Moon & Sun
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Aug 24 at 1:00 pm

Earth, Moon and Sun is a full dome Imaginarium show that explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions, who has a razor sharp wit, but is a bit confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this fast-paced and fun-filled show as it explores the wonders of lunar phases, sunrises and sunsets, eclipses, space travel to our Moon and other puzzles. Native American stories are told throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

Teachers – Earth, Moon and Sun supports NGSS: K-PS2, 1-ESS1, 3-PS2, 5-ESS1&2, MS-ESS1

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Stars
SHOWTIME

Saturday, Sep 28 at 2:00 pm

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.


The stunning animation highlighted by astronauts, spacecraft, telescopes, nebulas, clusters, and more, was created by the talented team of the National Space Centre (Leicester, UK). This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert-George Schram, resident conductor, performed part of the STARS soundtrack.

Runtime: Approximately 26 minutes.

Teachers – Stars references NGSS: 1-ESS1, 2-ESS1&2, 3-LS1, 4-ESS1,           5-ESS1&2,MS-PS1, MS-LS1, MS-ESS1&2

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Dawn of the Space Age
SHOWTIME

Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age. 

Teachers – Dawn of the Space Age supports NGSS: 4-ESS3, 5-ESS2&3

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Origins of Life
 SHOWTIME

Friday, Sep 6 at 8:15 pm

A motivational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. Many recent discoveries related to life science are featured, demonstrating to youth that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it would be right now!
Teachers – Origins of Life supports NGSS: 1-LS1 & 3, 3-LS1,2,3,&4, 4-PS1 & 4, 5-LS1 & 2, 5-ESS3, MS-LS1,2,3&4, MS-ESS2



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The Cowboy Astronomer
SHOWTIME

Friday, Aug  2 at 7:00 pm

This returning favorite is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping and astronomy tidbits--all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer.
Narrated by cowboy poet Baxter Black, the audience is transported to the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky and the things he's discovered over a lifetime of stargazing.

Teachers – Tales of the Maya supports NGSS: 3-ESS2, 4-ESS1 and 3, 5-ESS3, MS-ESS1.

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Tales of the Maya Skies
SHOWTIME


his Imaginarium show recreates the splendor of Maya architecture and astronomy. Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee Lila Downs narrates this magnificent journey through Maya cities and temples aligned to the movements of the Sun, Moon and planets.
Rediscover the treasures of this advanced civilization whose sophisticated mathematics predicted eclipses, forecast seasonal change and formulated a calendar of extraordinary precision.

Teachers – Tales of the Maya supports NGSS: 3-ESS2, 4-ESS1 and 3, 5-ESS3, MS-ESS1.

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Astronaut
SHOWTIME


Find out what it takes to be an astronaut! Explore inner and outer space as you experience a rocket launch from an astronaut's point of view and float around the International Space Station in microgravity.
Presented in stunning high-definition fulldome video and surround sound, Astronaut is an experience like nothing on Earth! Narrated by Ewan McGregor.
Teachers – Astronaut supports NGSS: 3-5ETS1, 5-ESS3, MS-LS1

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Two Small Pieces of Glass
SHOWTIME


Four hundred years ago a simple adjustment to a child's spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to our eyes and our imaginations. Join us as the world's great telescopes, born out of that serendipitous moment allow audiences to gaze into our distant past as well as our future.

Teachers – Two Small Pieces of Glass supports NGSS: K-2ETS1, 3-5ETS1, 5-ESS1, MS-ETS1