A portable planetarium owned by Te Toki Voyaging Trust, who care for Haunui vaka, will be set up at the National Auditorium. Haunui is the sister vaka to the Cook Island’s own Marumaru Atua vaka, which was badly damaged by a fire last September.
CIVS are hosting the event, which runs from Monday through to Friday.
The visit is a part of CIVS’ Te Uki Ou Kia Akamatutuia e kia Rangatira i te Teretere Moana programme, funded by the Social Impact Fund. Local school students will be invited to participate in a 30-minute presentation on celestial navigation and lunar cycles.
Students from Apii Avarua will be the first to enjoy the experience, which is intended to develop voyagers for future generations. The star dome will initially be based at the auditorium with a possibility of it being shifted to the Bluesky Sports Arena later in the week.
Sessions will be running throughout the week, starting at 8:30am and ending at 3:00pm.