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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-935-0926
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9:00 am - 4:15 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

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A well put-together museum with interesting content

The topic of tsunamis was of some interest to my partner and I, and this small but well put-together museum was a good way to learn more about them. Worth the $8 entry fee per... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The topic of tsunamis was of some interest to my partner and I, and this small but well put-together museum was a good way to learn more about them. Worth the $8 entry fee per person (general admission). Spend an hour or two getting an introduction from one of the staff, watching a short tsunami documentary, and reading the displays.... More 

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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I was very impressed the moment I was greeted and given an introduction to the museum layout. There is a lot packed into this space, including photos, a wave model, electronic equipment, and an interesting video. The gift shop is tiny, but that's not why I visited. The museum opened at 10 a.m., not 9 as advertised-a note on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the museum. We really love the history, the photos and the videos. We watched the video and listened to the live presentation. They both really helped put things in perspective about the history of the area. That always makes things more interesting for us.

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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum should be experienced by all visitors and new arrivals. Covers not only the tsunamis to hit Hawaii, but others around the world. So much insight to gain. Volunteer staff very friendly. Film on tsunamis in the bank vault. The bank building architecture is in itself a treasure. A pleasant, historical way to learn about tsunamis and the destruction... More 

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The Museum is located downtown on a main street in historic Hilo. Closed on Mondays. We made this mistake showing up on a Monday for our first day in Hilo. We came back on Tuesday and happy we did. You can take a guided tour with your admission ticket. Delmar was our docent. He is extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Delmar... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Located in a former bank and staffed by volunteers, some of whom lived through tsunamis that struck Hilo. Fascinating stories, photos, dioramas, and a video of the 1946 tsunami. Gives you a much greater appreciation for this force of nature. Old Hilo was destroyed by the 1946 tsunami and people were not allowed to rebuild in the most affected areas... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Excellent accounting of not one, but TWO tsunami's that struck Hilo, Hawaii just 14 years apart. Well laid out, hands-on mock-up to create your own tsunami...good for kids/adults alike. Volunteer hostess Dian was personable and provided very interesting tidbits about the tsunami(s) that most would never hear about. The whole morning was a gut-wrenching eye opener to those of us... More 

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Ashton, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Nice historical facts about tsunami's, mostly about those occurring on the island. Good approach to educating locals on risk and preparedness. Nice staff.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We arrived in Hilo, ate lunch at a nearby restaurant and visited this museum. It was very informative with a film, displays and literature on the Pacific tsunamis. There are interviews from survivors of some of these tsunamis. Naturally, being at this Museum in Downtown Hilo, we were in a tsunami zone. However, we were also on an Island with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Interesting small museum in downtown Hilo. Museum tells the stories of the many Tsunamis to hit the Hawaiian Islands over recorded history. The focus of the museum is the 1946 Tsunami that wiped out downtown Hilo and the stories of those that survived and their will to endure and rebuild Hilo.

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-935-0926
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

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