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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #15 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Science Museums
Traveler Description: 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, on the Big Island in Hilo, Hawaii, offers a fascinating bridge between science and culture. The connection is through the... more »
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

On the plus side, there were interactive displays that children could enjoy. On the minus side, there was little to no information about the science and research currently happening. Much of it seemed rather "outdated".

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Kapaau, Hawaii
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

They have a decent buffet and breakfast until at least noon. We enjoyed the mahi mahi, eggs and rice and spam, eggs and rice. It was more than we could eat so we took some home. They gave us fast, friendly service. Prices were reasonable.

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Cambridge, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This is a well laid out, informative and fascinating center. I especially liked the misty entrance to the very restful video presentation. The planetarium show was well presented although you didn't really need the 3D glasses to enjoy it. Especially impressive were a series of glass cylinders containing sand grains which gave a strong visual understanding of how many atoms... More

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Hayward, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I stopped by during a break from meetings and had lunch at the café. It was good. Dumplings, noodles, salad, fruit, there was a good selection of a variety of foods that were refreshed by staff often while I was there. Sadly, I didn't have a chance to visit the rest of the center and view current exhibits, but I... More

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

My son has been into astronomy for quite some time now. So, since i had a free pass we went to a show at Imiloa. Not disappointed. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and even learned some things about the stars. Now we cant get him to be quiet about it. Which is good. At least he learned. The night shows are... More

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San Diego, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I thought the displays were well done, and we both loved the huge interactive "globe" where you could display different planets-including Earth. Our only issue was that we got there at 10 am, and the first IMAX show wasn't until 12 pm, and it wasn't the good one, we would have had to wait until 1 for that one. So... More

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La Condamine, Monaco
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

You'll be able to learn all about the astronomy program at the local university and the joint partnerships with the various telescopes on top of Mauna Kea. There is also a good restaurant there.

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156 reviews 156 reviews
47 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Imi loa means to travel far in Hawaiian. The ancient Hawaiians had a special blend of science, stars and respect for the land, So you cannot separate the reverence for the stars (ancient polynesian mariners used the stars to navigate), the mountain and the astronomy that now happens on the tallest peak in Hawaii. The Imiloa Center blends this perfectly;... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Very incredible. The planetarium show was astounding. The exhibits are so interesting and educational. We enjoyed looking at the double sailing canoe and reading about navigating by the stars.

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Chelan, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

First we went to see the 3d show at 2pm...but everyone in our party complained the 3d glasses didn't work very well. there was a dark shadow on the left eye, the lenses made everything darker so harder to see (i took them off several times in order to see the image) and it was weird to see a "line"... More

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