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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Ranked #13 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Saw one of the planetarium 3D shows, "Skies above Hawaii" and it was an amazing presentation. Museum exhibits are interactive and engaging. Great activity for a rainy afternoon. $17.50/adult, go to their website for the Hawaiian word of the day for a $2 discount on admission.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

i've seen three of the light shows, the original was the most special, the history of the islands through the stars. also love the room where the stars float around you, the hawaiian chant history and the glass floor. a fun excursion.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is a fun place to visit. As a kama'aina, it is so worth it to get a annual pass. The lunchtime buffet is a great value. The gift shop also has some cool stuff and is reasonably priced. Families, couples, and kids will find something of interest between the Planetarium shows, the Hawaiian canoe exhibit and all the cool... More

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Really enjoyed the movies and things to do and learn here, the buffet lunch in the restaurant was just as good as well.

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Corona, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Astronomy Center is associated with the University of Hawaii, and we were happy to see that the content of the displays and presentations were up to date and thought provoking. We saw two planetarium shows, "Skies above Hawaii" and " Maunakea: Between heaven and Earth". Both were fantastic, but overlapped somewhat on the current night sky information. Our teen... More

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Orlando, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Have a fun experience at the Hilo UH Planetarium. Interactive displays allow adults, teens and keikis to explore and learn at their own pace. The planetarium show is informative and beautiful. A bonus is the buffet lunch offered at the UH Imiloa Center - wow - some Hilo residents even make it a regular stop for their lunches - hear... More

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Annapolis, MD
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is an excellent place to learn abut modern astronomy and about what goes on atop Mauna kea. It is another rainy day site

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Alameda, CA
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Looking for something educational to do in Hilo, we came across Imiloa. It wasn't very crowded and we headed for the planetarium show. The show focused on how the Polynesians used the stars to navigate to/from Hawaii and was very interesting. We also enjoys the exhibits many of which are interactive.

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League City, Texas
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good exhibits, but make sure you pick your planetarium show carefully! The natural selection show is not a star show but rather a movie projected on the planetarium dome.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Was hoping for more mature content. The way information was displayed was out dated. You can get more richer and fresh conten by using ipad

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