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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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Mostly about Polynesian culture

We attended the afternoon show in the planetarium, and it was good, but it devoted at least as much time to the local legends as it did to the stars. The exhibit area was the same... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This center is great for kids and adults that like hands on exhibits. The star show is fantastic. It gives you an insight into the Hawaiian culture. If you plan on going make sure you call ahead for times of shows and hours they are open.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We attended the afternoon show in the planetarium, and it was good, but it devoted at least as much time to the local legends as it did to the stars. The exhibit area was the same – some interesting stuff about astronomy and science in general, and lots of information about local history and culture. Great – we really enjoyed... 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

My parents and I stopped in to one of the lecture series on Mars. It was super interesting and the speaker was an eminent astrophysicist who (amazingly?) had a great sense of humor. One of the better science talks I have been to, and worth every penny!

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Whitehorse, Yukon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

This was part of a tour we took involving the university. I love how the Hawaiians worked with the astronomers to come up with the exhibits and the philosophy/focus of the building/program. It is small, but the exhibits are very user friendly, interesting and highly educational. If you have time, please stop in to see this "off the beaten path",... More 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Awesome place with lots to look at and learn. Interactive exhibits for the kids but they are enjoyable for adults as well. Good mix of hawaiian history and astronomy.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Would like more about astronomy. Was some hands on things for kids, and the movie was OK, but it was mostly about Hawaiian culture and boating. Not worth the money

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Park City, Utah
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was an interesting museum to say the least! The exhibits were excellent. The voyaging Canoe was awesome, as was the exhibit on the space station. The theme of the museum somehow got lost in all this but it was sort of Hawaii History, Science, and Traditions. Well worth the time! DO NOT MISS the Sagan Planet Walk: Alpha Centauri... More 

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Skaneateles, New York
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I'm sorry we wasted a sunny day here. The planetarium program was good for children. I wished we had been told this. There were all adults at the show but it was set up so that when she asked "In which direction does the sun set" she wouldn't continue until we answered.

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Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

They had interesting displays but the highlight was the show that they offered. We ate at the Garden Restaurant and thought that the buffet was excellent!

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Chapel Hill, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This center has an interesting history in Hilo, intending to bring the Hawaiians and Astronomers to the same space to deal with tensions over observatories on Mauna Kea. As such, the astute visitor will see the way that voyaging has been a central part of the Hawaiian Renaissance. If you pay attention, this center tells a story not just of... More 

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