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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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Interesting blend of astronomy and Hawaiian navigation history

This center looks at astronomy through the history and ongoing voyages of the polynesian navigators. There are currently two sailing canoes circumnavigating the planet using... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ithaca, New York
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Keaau, Hawaii
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Imiloa was built primarily to convince people that it is ok to build telescopes on Mauna Kea, a volcano once considered sacred by ancient Hawaiians. So, the center was built to appease locals by adding Hawaiian culture and then meet the purpose of being an astronomy center. Unfortunately they didn't do either very well. I do like their programs but... More 

Thank TedinHawaii
Ithaca, New York
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This center looks at astronomy through the history and ongoing voyages of the polynesian navigators. There are currently two sailing canoes circumnavigating the planet using ancient Hawaiian techniques Affiliated with the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY , Imiloa represents Alpha Centauri on the Sagan Planet Walk scale.

Thank theotter1
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128 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This facility provides highly interactive experiences of astronomy (fully updated to include exoplanets), language (preservation of the Hawaiian language), culture (wayfaring), and culture (how Heyerdahl and Kon Tiki got it wrong. Great for old and young students, and staffed with natives who know their stuff.

Thank John B
Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

More than a museum and a planetarium, it's an interactive experience through the universe and a history of navigation. The exhibition part was super interesting with tons of interactive activities, and the planetarium show ended with an optional guided tour of the moons of different planets in the solar system, even more interesting that I had thought. The staff really... More 

Thank Simon S
Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

the imiloa astronomy center is a great space for star-gazers and fans of astronomy. don't forget to stop by the restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal before or after your visit.

Thank Dilibukoa
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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

we visited when our cruise ship was in port in Hilo and absolutely loved it. Allow about 2 hours and if around noon, the restaurant buffet looked fantastic, but we didn't have it. The astronomy student that explained the current night sky as part of the planetarium show was excellent.

Thank pgbmaloney
Hilo, HI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

We went to an event at the Center in the evening and it included a planetarium show featuring Led Zepplin music and psychedelic light show on the ceiling. I think it was the entire album - it was just awesome. You gotta like Zep and you gotta like it loud - it realigned my brain a bit watching the patterns... More 

Thank roots_reggae
Kailua Kona, Hi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This place is awesome. Incredible exhibits, 4 great shows in the planetarium today, and an on-site restaurant that has some of the best food on the island. We are looking forward to many more visits here.

Thank jeffm4000
Hilo, Hawaii
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The Imiloa Astronomy Center has exhibits and they have different planetarium shows throughout the day. The Sky garden Restaurant is also located on the premises. Great place to spend on a rainy day.

Thank Haley N
Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We got there a few minutes after opening and lucked out - had a preliminary mini planetarium show just off the lobby talking about the size of the universe, etc. Very good. Also had Michael walk us around the museum pointing out things and clarifying. And the planetarium show - the night's sky - was also good. Even lunch in... More 

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