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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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San Francisco, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

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

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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