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Imiloa Astronomy Center

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Address: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: 808-969-9700
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Informative and interesting

Awesome place with lots to look at and learn. Interactive exhibits for the kids but they are enjoyable for adults as well. Good mix of hawaiian history and astronomy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Mikyla W
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Awesome place with lots to look at and learn. Interactive exhibits for the kids but they are enjoyable for adults as well. Good mix of hawaiian history and astronomy.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Would like more about astronomy. Was some hands on things for kids, and the movie was OK, but it was mostly about Hawaiian culture and boating. Not worth the money

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Park City, Utah
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89 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was an interesting museum to say the least! The exhibits were excellent. The voyaging Canoe was awesome, as was the exhibit on the space station. The theme of the museum somehow got lost in all this but it was sort of Hawaii History, Science, and Traditions. Well worth the time! DO NOT MISS the Sagan Planet Walk: Alpha Centauri... More 

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Skaneateles, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I'm sorry we wasted a sunny day here. The planetarium program was good for children. I wished we had been told this. There were all adults at the show but it was set up so that when she asked "In which direction does the sun set" she wouldn't continue until we answered.

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Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

They had interesting displays but the highlight was the show that they offered. We ate at the Garden Restaurant and thought that the buffet was excellent!

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Chapel Hill, NC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This center has an interesting history in Hilo, intending to bring the Hawaiians and Astronomers to the same space to deal with tensions over observatories on Mauna Kea. As such, the astute visitor will see the way that voyaging has been a central part of the Hawaiian Renaissance. If you pay attention, this center tells a story not just of... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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64 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Now our disclaimer is we only had an hour so limited to the exhibits and did not see any of the shows. But the entire exhibit area was kid focused. Many of it broken. But they did gave a good kamaina rate and military discount.

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Lebanon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Great scientific experience. Like a lot of astronomy centers, we enjoyed it. Not any more extraordinary than other astronomy centers.

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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Not really worth the money unless you be sure to catch one of the shows. Probably better ways to spend your time. A lot of reading and not too many interactive displays.

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Tokyo, Japan
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77 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We visited to watch a special show on the Fragile Planet. We didn't realize until arriving that the price of admission is good for only one planetarium show. For the price, I think unlimited shows would be appropriate. The show itself was alright but rather superficial and focused more on the appropriateness of Earth for life relative to other planets... More 

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