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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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Great little museum.

Really great place for kids to learn about astronomy. It is a little expensive but totally worth it. They have a museum area and planetarium.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Hilo, Hawaii
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Hilo, Hawaii
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Really great place for kids to learn about astronomy. It is a little expensive but totally worth it. They have a museum area and planetarium.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Good information about astronomy and Hawaiian culture. Has interactive exhibits good for kids. We got there before the planetarium shows started and wouldn't be able to stay for one. This is a large part of the fee. Because a group was getting a special showing that morning they allowed us to sit in on it. We were very pleased that... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We have a future astronomer in the family so this was a must see for us. There are several good exhibits and we enjoyed how the center blended the astronomy with Hawaiian culture. The planetarium presentation was educational but basic. The video format of the planetarium won't impress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This is at least 90 minutes to 2 hour visit if you are somewhat interested in Astronomy and where all the stars align in the nightward sky.

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SO. Cal.
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We like planetariums. The Imiloa Center was small but very nicely done. We attended two sky shows and enjoyed them both. About 1/3 of the center is devoted not to astronomy, but to Hawaiian history and efforts to preserve the "old" language and customs. While I agree that these are very worthy efforts, they were a distraction and really don't... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We attended the Live From Mauna Kea event and it was so cool! We not only learned a lot about the stars but also how important the stars and astronomy are to the Hawaiian culture and how throughout Hawaiian history, stars were used for voyages between the Pacific islands. The Imiloa staff are very friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. We are... More 

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oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This was a great place to spend a couple hours -- there is also a cafe (closes at 2pm). Good for cultural information on how they navigated using the stars. Great for families. Excellent short films in a nice theatre.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Definitely go if you brought the kids with you. Our 16 year old and 11 year old both enjoyed the interactive exhibits. They have a nice variety of planetarium shows to choose from; we saw "Sunstruck". Worth the admission. The casual, small-ish buffet lunch in the adjacent cafe is convenient and pretty tasty. The waitstaff is friendly too. Good way... More 

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Hilo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A great venue to learn about the stars and how they relate to us. There is a section on how the ancient Hawaiian people used the starts to navigate. The shows in the planetarium are a wonder to see. Worth the time and effort.

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Pebble Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had a great day visiting the center and watching each of the very educational hourly shows. Although each of the hourly showtimes is a different theme, after the first two showtimes the second half of the show about stars was the same (this is a negative for visitor's buying all four showtimes).

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Address: Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo

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