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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-969-9700
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Ranked #14 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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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

This is a fun place to visit. As a kama'aina, it is so worth it to get a annual pass. The lunchtime buffet is a great value. The gift shop also has some cool stuff and is reasonably priced. Families, couples, and kids will find something of interest between the Planetarium shows, the Hawaiian canoe exhibit and all the cool... More

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Victoria, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the movies and things to do and learn here, the buffet lunch in the restaurant was just as good as well.

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Corona, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The Astronomy Center is associated with the University of Hawaii, and we were happy to see that the content of the displays and presentations were up to date and thought provoking. We saw two planetarium shows, "Skies above Hawaii" and " Maunakea: Between heaven and Earth". Both were fantastic, but overlapped somewhat on the current night sky information. Our teen... More

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Orlando, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Have a fun experience at the Hilo UH Planetarium. Interactive displays allow adults, teens and keikis to explore and learn at their own pace. The planetarium show is informative and beautiful. A bonus is the buffet lunch offered at the UH Imiloa Center - wow - some Hilo residents even make it a regular stop for their lunches - hear... 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

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
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction 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
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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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33 reviews 33 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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