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Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

P.O. Box 833, Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
808-329-3441
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Ranked #25 of 35 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
34 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

While doing a pick up at the airport, thought I'd stop in to view the Centre - unfortunately at 3:10 and was told that they were 'shutting down'. I began to mention I was hoping to breeze through but the lack of interest/dismissiveness demonstrated by the staff made me give up and leave. Ensure you arrive with plenty of time... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a small place and there is not much to see. Probably more interesting for children. Still a good stop if you have time to kill between flights at KOA.

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Kauai
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Wonderful place to visit with children. My 6 yrs old had a blast learning about gravity and space travel and playing with all the wonderful educational toys. A great tribute to a hometown hero.

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Knoxville
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72 reviews 72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a very small museum of sorts, but it has several hands-on displays and activities. Much of it is devoted to Ellison Onizuka (which you would expect), and the Challenger crew who all were lost in the Jan. 28, 1986, launch explosion. As an enthusiast of the Space Shuttle Program, and especially the Challenger mission with the Teacher In... More 

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
66 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Unfortunately, the opening hours are 10am-3.30pm (I think), so all I got to see was the front door when I turned up at KOA at 4pm for my flight, planning to kill a bit of time in there :-( If you plan on going, check the opening times!

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Kihei
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We arrived early for our return flight and just had to stop in.....Wonderful interactive attraction that provided a wealth of information. There were many activities to keep children of all ages occupied so the adults could take time to read and view all of the information about Ellison Onizuka. Such a tragedy to have his life cut short, but this... More 

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Columbus
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Barely noticeable near baggage claim at Kona airport on the Big Island, is this tiny museum honoring Hawai'i's first astronaut, a brilliant young man who perished in the Challenger disaster. In addition to actual uniforms, photos, and documents, gathered here seem to be every kids' book, toy, game, science kit, t-shirt, backpack, pencil, etc. ever designed to pique the interest... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We travelled back to the airport to see a bit of space history. The white building between the terminals is the one. The lady wasn't friendly, and they didn't turn on the movie screen. Many attractions weren't working. There were a hundred "games and activities" to do though, as in - store bought games. A 20 month old was kept... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Very knowledgeable staff set up several telescopes to show planets, star clusters and nebulae, depending on what can be seen that night. Also use a laser pointer to give a "star tour" and will patiently answer any questions. They have a microwave and hot water available so you can purchase hot chocolate, ramen noodles, etc. to help combat the chill.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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75 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

This museum had a wealth of information for the whole family. My children were so well entertained with all the hands-on interactive exhibits. I was able to read all the information I wanted to without the children disrupting me because they were so well occupied with their own interaction. The admission fee is family friendly. We spent well over an... More 

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