When was the last time you stargazed?
Grab a pillow and a comfy blanket, and meet us on the roof!
After sunset on Saturday, May 28, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako, in partnership with ‘Ohana Kilo Hōkū and Stargazers of Hawaii, invites you to marvel at the night sky on the SALT parking garage rooftop. We’ll provide high-quality telescopes to explore the surrounding cosmos, discover the beauty of space, and find the celestial guideposts that led the Ancient Wayfinders across the sea.
You’ll learn the Hawaiian names of the constellations and hear the Hawaiian folklore behind them. Enjoy family-friendly celestial activities, as well as keiki arts and crafts, that connect you to the science of the skies above and explain the intimate connection between ancestral wayfinding and modern astronomy.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako Parking Garage Rooftop Activities
- Bring your own blankets and pillows, chairs, and equipment to recline and stargaze at your leisure, or use a provided high-quality telescope for a guided constellation tour after sunset.
- Participate in Ask an Astronomer Q&A sessions to learn about upcoming astronomical events and how to enhance your at-home stargazing experience.
- Hear the Hawaiian moʻolelo (stories) of how the demi-god Maui slowed the sun and the goddess Hina came to live on the moon.
- Enjoy the rooftop Star Party and shop various vendors while indulging in tasty bites and celestial sips!
The Barn at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako Activities
- Become a navigator and wayfind at sea on the Hōkūleʻa using virtual reality goggles.
- Watch muralist Chris Miyashiro live paint a sweeping star compass mural.
- Hear former Hōkūleʻa navigator Austin Kino detail the Hawaiian constellation and reveal how crews survey the sky while voyaging.
- Get crafty in the LEGO® play area, where keiki can build figures alongside space shuttle models.
- Walk through a scaled model of the solar system and discover how astronomers use starlight to create the deep sky atlas and understand the universe.
- And more to come!