Journey Through the Universe gives keiki a lively tour of outer space

Talilia Manu-Olevao, right, reacts to how long it would take to count to a billion during a Journey through the Universe presentation at Waiakeawaena Elementary School on Monday. She was surprised to hear it would take 32 years to reach one billion by counting one second at a time. (Photos by Kelsey Walling/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Third-graders at Waiakeawaena Elementary sat back in their seats Monday, imagined themselves as astronauts, and prepared to launch on a virtual journey through the solar system.