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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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Starry Nights with Mauna Kea

Imiloa provides amazing programs for kids from 5 to 105! A must-visit when you're in Hilo. We attended the first Starry Nights program of 2016 and were treated to a lesson in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Erin59860
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North Bend, Oregon
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North Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Imiloa provides amazing programs for kids from 5 to 105! A must-visit when you're in Hilo. We attended the first Starry Nights program of 2016 and were treated to a lesson in Hawaiian navigation by stars and a live link up to the observatory on Mauna Kea. We saw the first color photograph of Horses Head & Flame nebulas taken... More 

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Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Part of the University of HI Hilo. Direct access to Mauna Kea Observatory. Great movies and dome. Gives great perspective to the universe. 1 membership yeilds everything free.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum capably explains astronomy to the general public, and what astronomers do and why. It has some activities that most ages can enjoy. It strives a whole lot to tie traditional Hawaiian cosmology to current scientific understandings of the universe in order to make it relevant to the indigenous population.

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San Diego, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Imiloa Astronomy Center is a very worthwhile attraction to visit. If you visit and get their schedule of shows it is very worthwhile visiting. You can learn about the stars and constellations and possibly get live photos or viewing from the Mauna Kea Visitors Center where the center can get a live feed. When learning about the stars and... More 

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Norristown, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this Center to have a very interesting and informative museum. Yes, it would be good for young children, but we two seniors thoroughly enjoyed it, as well. There are a wide range of exhibits covering both Hawaiian history and astronomy. We spent much more time in the museum than we thought we would. The planetarium show was quite... More 

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Oakton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This experience isn't good for older children or anyone very knowledgable about astronomy, as it seems to be meant for younger children. Also, the exhibits didn't focus much on astronomy. The video we saw was very long, and many things in it were irrelevant to the topic.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I think this is really overpriced at 17.50 per person. The exhibits are laughable with a very old way of just presenting a lot of info and little engagement of the visitor. The planetarium film was definitely better but short and would have liked to see more, they could add more explanation of the nightly sky since many who visit... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The Imiloa Astronomy Center has a marvelous planetarium with several shows each day, plus science exhibits suitable for all ages. We especially enjoyed the information/displays about the history of the Polynesians and their remarkable seafaring skills... the model of a double hull oceanic sailing canoe is detailed and quite stunning :) A must see spot when you visit Hilo... enjoy!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This place is okay, but it's really expensive ($17.50 per adult). We got there about an hour after the last planetarium show which starts at 3pm, so we only got to see the exhibits. It's a bit of an odd mixture of Hawaiian history and astronomy. I honestly wouldn't recommend it unless you go to the planetarium as well.

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Gillette, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very educational and well presented. The planetarium show was done quite well and the chairs were very comfortable. The center also has a very good restaurant.

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