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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-969-9700
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Ranked #18 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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Annapolis, MD
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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
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8 reviews 8 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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Helsinki
2 reviews
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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Teaneck, NJ
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I had been looking forward to visiting since I read an article in the Wall St. Journal which said Imiloa had the only 3D planetarium show in the US. The first 3D show does not start until noon. It was hugely disappointing: monochromatic with soporific narration. Also, only half of the show was 3D and we were instructed to take... More

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I just made my second visit to the center. The exhibit hall has been upgraded since the first time I was there. The interactive exhibits were amazing and quite wonderful. Next time, I need to spend more time playing with them. I went to two planetarium shows. One in 3-D, needed to be brighter. However, both shows were very interesting.... More

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Waimea, Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Always have great exhibitions I must stop while in Hilo :) We really enjoy the last traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, and the following week have great lectures available about the history of Hula (during the Merrie Monarch Festival)

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

I thought the Imiloa Center was a well done museum. A bit small, but full of good exhibits and fun to explore. I especially enjoyed the link between astronomy and Hawaiian culture.

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Pleasanton, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Our family stopped here on the way out of Hilo. The kids loved the interactive displays and the 3-D astronomy show. My husband was fascinated with the running video loop that took you on a tour of a space station. The exhibits that were based upon the islands and astronomy/navigation were interesting, but not so much to my 7 year... More

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

On the plus side, there were interactive displays that children could enjoy. On the minus side, there was little to no information about the science and research currently happening. Much of it seemed rather "outdated".

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