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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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This was a great place to spend a couple hours -- there is also a cafe (closes at 2pm). Good for cultural information on how they navigated using the stars. Great for families... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to spend a couple hours -- there is also a cafe (closes at 2pm). Good for cultural information on how they navigated using the stars. Great for families. Excellent short films in a nice theatre.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Definitely go if you brought the kids with you. Our 16 year old and 11 year old both enjoyed the interactive exhibits. They have a nice variety of planetarium shows to choose from; we saw "Sunstruck". Worth the admission. The casual, small-ish buffet lunch in the adjacent cafe is convenient and pretty tasty. The waitstaff is friendly too. Good way... More 

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Hilo
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A great venue to learn about the stars and how they relate to us. There is a section on how the ancient Hawaiian people used the starts to navigate. The shows in the planetarium are a wonder to see. Worth the time and effort.

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Pebble Beach, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We had a great day visiting the center and watching each of the very educational hourly shows. Although each of the hourly showtimes is a different theme, after the first two showtimes the second half of the show about stars was the same (this is a negative for visitor's buying all four showtimes).

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I popped over here for a couple of hours, as I was working at the Gemini Observatory HQ and everyone had recommended it to me. I had been advised to see the 3D planetarium show which runs 6 days a week at 12 noon. It was a very interactive experience - the speaker was very knowledgeable and let us decide... More 

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34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Many interactive exhibits. Fantastic service and a good discount for military. My 6 yr old loved it and the planetarium was amazing. Great visit at a great price. The exhibits are all interactive so fun for the kids.

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Toronto
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Maybe we didnt get the full picture of what Imiloa is. We got there 10 minutes after the show started, so we missed it. We talked to the volounteer greeter, who didnt really give us a good idea of what the center has. While we were figuring out whether to stay for the next show, I calculated that the admission... More 

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adelaide
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

fantastic interactive display on the astronomical importance of the region coupled with the history and culture of the hawaiians and polynesion races and their inter island voyaging

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Paris, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Imiloa Astronomy Center is a great place. We loved the movie about space exploration and learned a lot from the beautifully designed and maintained exhibits. This is a great place to go before heading up Mauna Kea.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This center is great for kids and adults that like hands on exhibits. The star show is fantastic. It gives you an insight into the Hawaiian culture. If you plan on going make sure you call ahead for times of shows and hours they are open.

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