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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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This is an unexpected gem of a place in Hilo. The show on Origami that is presently showing at 11 am daily is worth the trip itself. Nice displays and nice dining room. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is an unexpected gem of a place in Hilo. The show on Origami that is presently showing at 11 am daily is worth the trip itself. Nice displays and nice dining room. I take all my out of town guests here.

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Since it was our kids' first time in Hawaii, we wanted them to learn a bit about the Hawaiian culture. Exhibits (on hula, slack key guitar, traditional canoeing) were lovely, but would have been better for older kids. A bit too much information overload for younger ones, and not as interactive as could be. However, the kids loved the special... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We visited here before our adventure up Mauna Kea, so we would have a better sense of what we would see in the night sky. The exhibits and presentation were all well done, and very informative. We returned to Imiloa to attend a special lecture -- this was spectacular, so check their schedule to see if there is a presentation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

What a beautiful astronomy center that we enjoyed after watching the 3D movie in the planetarium. So well done but so much to read that it was difficult to get through the museum and stop at every exhibit. There is an onsite restaurant, excellent parking, outstanding staff.

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Newark, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great place for kids. We used the $2 off "Hawaiian word of the day" coupon and got 2 adults + 2 kids in for $46. The ticket includes your choice of a 3D movie/planetarium show, showing regularly throughout the day. Exhibits are smaller and include astronomy, Hawaiian history and culture, and special rotating offerings -- when we visited, it was... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A good way to judge a museum/planetarium is whether or not the locals go there. Imiloa is the sort of place that is not just for tourists. The locals love to go there because the exhibitions are so fascinating and the sky show is delightful. It's usually not too crowded and there's something for everyone - adults and children. Oh,... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had our family reunion there. The air conditioner was broken. It has been broken for 2 weeks. So we were a bit hot crowded in a room. The food was good and worth the price per person. We did not get to look around but will the next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The presentation of the solar systems, planets and astronomy as we know it was very informative along with the explanation of how Hawaii was discovered and settled by other Pacific Islanders. The videos & dual language on the information boards was very interesting. Wearing the special glasses, the 3D planetarium show was good & would recommend it (only 1 of... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This place is worth the money and the time. We really enjoyed the two shows we watched. One was about the current night sky as seen from the big island. This show is designed to help you locate a number of constellations. The second show we viewed was about the stars and Hawaiian culture. It was in 3D and it... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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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