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Tokyu Foundation Supports Imiloa's Adopt-A-Visit
Tokyu Foundation Supports Imiloa's Adopt-A-Visit

UH Hilo’s ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i received an $8,000 donation from the Tokyu Foundation in support of the Adopt-A-Visit Field Trip Program at ‘Imiloa.  The gift will fund field trip costs to the Center for Hawai‘i Island students.

At a time when local schools face challenges securing funding to augment the science and math education taught in their classrooms, the Adopt-A-Visit program makes it possible for these lessons to come alive for Big Island students.  The program subsidizes visits by local classes to ‘Imiloa, underwriting admission and transportation for the keiki.

“We are grateful for the generous gift from the Tokyu Foundation to support the Adopt-a -Visit program,” said ‘Imiloa’s Executive Director Ka’iu Kimura.  “This donation allows our local schools access to ‘Imiloa’s informal science education programs that help enrich teachers’ curriculums and creates an educational learning experience children will remember for the rest of their lives.”

The Adopt-a-Visit program was established in 2008 with the ambitious goal of giving every student on Hawai‘i Island a field trip of discovery at ‘Imiloa.   A generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation subsidized transportation, admission, and lunch for K-12 Hawai‘i Island students’ visits to ‘Imiloa.  Energized by the generosity of the Moore Foundation and the momentum it generated, the Hawai‘i Island community, observatories, businesses, and transportation partners joined in with their own financial support.  Their contributions were matched on a 2:1 basis by the Moore Foundation.  To broaden the impact and extend the experience into community households, each visiting child was given an “‘Imiloa ‘Ohana Visit Pass” to take home so they could bring their families for a visit at a later time.  

Four years and 35,000 student field trips later, the program continues to serve as a dramatic manifestation of the wisdom “It takes a community to raise a child.” 

To support the Adopt-a-Visit program at ‘Imiloa, call the ‘Imiloa Development Office at (808) 969-9732 or email nverissimo@imiloahawaii.org.

You can also make a gift online to the Education Fund at ‘Imiloa in support of the program - visit www.imiloahawaii.org/donate

Comments from Young Visitors

“My favorite part of the visit was when I got to touch a real asteroid.”Shea, Parker Lower School

Caption: A certificate of recognition and check presentation ceremony was held at 'Imiloa.

(L-R): Nico Leilani Verissimo, 'Imiloa/UH Foundation Development Manager; Mr. Akito Toba, President of Tokyu Foundation and President of Mauna Lani Resort Operations; Momi Shoemaker, Director of Corporate Administration, Mauna Lani Resort Operations; 'Imiloa Executive Director Ka'iu Kimura; UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney; and UH Hilo/UH Foundation Senior Director of Development, Margaret Shiba.

Photo courtesy of ‘Imiloa

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and future generations. Our vision is to inspire giving and partnership with the University of Hawai‘i by fostering UH pride and passion among donors, alumni and the community. We value and strive to emulate service, honor, excellence, accountability, integrity, teamwork, and trust. www.uhfoundation.org

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is a comprehensive university with five degree-granting colleges, six master’s programs and two doctoral programs. UH Hilo strives to integrate culture and science, offer hands-on learning opportunities to its students and use the Island of Hawai‘i as a natural learning laboratory. Enrollment has doubled since 1980 to nearly 4,000 students coming from all fifty states and more than 40 countries. Please visit www.uhh.hawaii.edu.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus.  ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai’i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations.  The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).  For more information, visit the website at www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 969-9703.

Tokyu Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1983 whose mission is to support charitable, literary, cultural, scientific and educational activities in the State of Hawai‘i and the U.S.A.

UH Foundation Director of Communications                                                           
Margot Schrire at Margot.Schrire@uhfoundation.org
(808) 956-6774

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