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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-969-9700
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Ranked #13 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Chetwynd, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

We went to two shows which were both 3D. It was amazing! I learned quite a bit but wish the shows were longer! The walk through museum part was great for the kids and I enjoyed it as well. I highly recommend stopping in here. Plan to spend 3 hours here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Museums aren't just for kids! I had a lot of fun exploring this museum. You can tell a lot of time, effort, and money went into this place. You will learn a lot about the history of Hawaii as well as checking out the beauty of space.

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Stamford CT
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63 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Lots of fascinating information, well presented for both children and adults. One nice thing about Hilo is that there are things to do when it's raining!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate to have received guest passes from a member to gain entry to the planetarium. Arriving after 2 pm there was only one remaining show in the theater but as we waited a wonderful docent walked up to us and explained about the telescopes around the island, their origin and how new telescopes were to... More

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San Francisco, California
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13 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Average little museum, sure to disappoint if you've ever been to the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian. A lot of astronomical information, but not as culturally-related as expected. Do not count on eating here--the restaurant was pretty dowdy.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The planetarium movies are enjoyable and the museum offers lots of information. If there is a rainy day in hilo when we have visitors in town (and there ALWAYS is a rainy day...) we plan a trip to Imiloa. The restaurant also offers good food but we tend to eat elsewhere.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My husband and I went to the way finding festival and were a little discouraged to see that it was geared more towards children, but we still had a decent time. The planetarium is quaint, but the "star guides" gave a great presentation and the Hawaiian dances were pleasant.

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Oxnard, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

One of best meals we had was here. Buffet food was excellent. If you missed it, be sure to look carefully at the mosiac in middle of rotunda floor. (you can get picture of it in gift shop if you have rental car keys) Astronomy show is OK and museum shows a lot about the Hawaiian culture, in addition to... More

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Streamwood
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24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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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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