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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-935-0926
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Great Little Slice of History

It didn't take long to see the displays and read about past tsunamis. The best part was the film and the eye witnesses telling about their survival stories. If you are in Hilo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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199 reviews 199 reviews
86 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

It didn't take long to see the displays and read about past tsunamis. The best part was the film and the eye witnesses telling about their survival stories. If you are in Hilo and have an hour or so to spare, go see this museum.

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adelaide
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

great interactive display area with details on the surges to hit the islands over the last 100 years good display of photographic records of the periods info on the tsunami reporting and warning systems now in place across the pacific and indian oceans

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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was a basic little museum with a good heart. Kids liked the movie and the tsunami simulator. Not the best museum we've ever been to but worthwhile nonetheless.

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Prince George, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
56 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This Museum is poorly done and not worth the price of admission. The old bank building in which it is located is far more interesting. The displays seen as you walk in do not encourage you to dig deeper and neither does the staff who appear indifferent and unfriendly. While looking at displays I noticed that most people walked in,... More 

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Paris, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

When you're in Hawaii, its pretty important to understand what a tsunami is. This museum looks like it doesn't have a lot of funding, but it is very educational--and a bit scary.

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Franklin
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117 reviews 117 reviews
68 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

that the tsunami's had in in Hilo. It is so much a part of the history of the island. I had no idea that this area was devastated as it was. It does not take very long to go thru the museum.

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Clovis, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

If you drive around Hilo and wonder why it is the way it is, then a visit to this museum will be interesting. Chronicling the history of Hilo, settlers, its history as a port and the tsunami's that raveged the town, the museum brings to life a strange phenomenon that few ever experience. Worth your time as a historically significant... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The museum offers a great and unique historical perspective on the town and shows vivid video of the disastrous run-ins with the great waves. An easy stop in and a great museum.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A must stop if you are in Hilo. Very interesting exhibit about the tsunami with short film interviewing people that experienced the Tsunami. We enjoyed the exhibits.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is worth your time if you like history of the place you are at. Very interesting information put together pretty well.

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