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  • 600 'Imiloa Place, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

    Web site: Phone: (808) 969-9700

    For Immediate Release June 26, 2015 Media Contacts: Vincent Recinto Debi Ueda 808-969-9714 808-969-9723



    Hilo, Hawaii Imiloa Astronomy Center will feature local Waimea artist Bonnie

    Cherni and other guest artists in a new EPIC ORIGAMI exhibit. The three-month exhibit

    will explore the art and science of origami from July 5, 2015 September 27, 2015.

    Chernis art has been shown at Kahilu Theatre, Keck Observatory and Waimea

    Ocean Film Festival and will be presented at Imiloa with some never-seen-before pieces

    including the Jackson lizard, an endangered Hawaiian hoary bat, rhinos, the wild pig and a

    smiley frog. This exhibit will also explore how the application of math to art has made

    advances in astronomy, medicine and the automotive industry. In conjunction with this

    exhibit, the award-winning film Between the Folds will be shown daily in the Planetarium

    at 11:00 a.m. (not full dome, but letterbox format). This documentary paints a striking

    portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels the ever-changing art of

    origami, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, and ancient and new. A hands-on

    origami folding station and exciting origami scavenger hunt will also be a part of this exhibit.

    The exhibit will officially open on Sunday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m. with two showings of

    Between the Folds at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and origami folding stations available

    throughout the day. From 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Imiloa members are invited to a private

    pizza lunch and exclusive origami folding activities with artist Bonnie Cherni.

    Cherni is an avid student of John Montrolls designs and was inspired to fold origami

    from age of fifteen. She is the leading artist for this exhibit and has collaborated with guest

    artists from around the world, creating everything from miniature to life-sized sculptures, in

    mediums ranging from paper, aluminum, copper and canvas. Her art embodies the idea of

  • Happenings Page 2 folding sturdy sculptures that can live out in the real world. Other artists represented

    include: (1) Vietnamese artist Nguyen Hung Cuong lives in Hanoi and folds many of his

    expressive designs using a Vietnamese paper with a waxy finish called D. He has been

    folding since the young age of five and has been featured in many origami books with his

    incredibly detailed pieces. (2) Nicolas Terry is a professional origami artist who resides in

    Paris, France. He is an accomplished author and creator of one of the most popular origami

    sites in the world ( (3) Steven Epstein resides on the Big Island. With a

    degree in computer science and minor in math, Epstein has fun bringing math to life with

    his intricate modular origami pieces. (4) Local artist Shannon Nakaya is a highly recognized

    bird surgeon and veterinarian who applies her understanding of anatomical structure and

    function to folding complex origami.

    Admission to EPIC ORIGAMI and Between the Folds is included in the general

    admission fee of $17.50 for adults and $9.50 for children. Kamaaina prices are available

    and, and always, Imiloa members receive free admission.

    Cherni will be back at Imiloa to teach special workshops on July 11 and September

    19 from 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Beginner to advanced origami folders are welcome and can

    explore the many possibilities of this fun and addicting art! Admission is $25.00 for

    members and $35.00 for non-members. Space is very limited so early registration is

    suggested. An adult must accompany children under ten. To sign-up, visit Imiloas front

    desk or call (808) 969-9703.

    Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is a world-class informal science education

    center located on the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus. Imiloa is a place of life-long

    learning where the power of Hawaiis cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the

    wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The

    Centers interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and

    events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science

    and technology found in Hawaii. 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 or call (808) 969-9703.

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