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Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

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Address: 1 Keahole Airport Rd, Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-329-3441
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Closing in March 2016

We originally thought we would spend about 20-30 minutes, but ended up spending about 1.5 hours due to the many activities that engaged our daughter. Some activities included... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
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Kamuela, Hawaii
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264 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you extra time before your flight I suggest you come here. It is named after the Hawaiian astronaut who went into space. This is very good for children as it has many hands on exhibits.

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Thank Gordon K
Everett, Washington
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217 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is astronomy heaven that should appeal to all ages. Enjoy the view and watch the video. Bring a lunch and sit on the picnic tables overlooking the world below.

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Thank GenotheViking
Hawaii
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56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We originally thought we would spend about 20-30 minutes, but ended up spending about 1.5 hours due to the many activities that engaged our daughter. Some activities included learning how to simulate the use of a robotic arm, marble gravity pull toys, gyroscope and interactive displays. Unfortunately some of the displays were out of order. Adults also had plenty to... More 

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Thank truffles808
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

What an important history museum. It should be a "Must Visit" list to visitors to the Big Island; especially parents with children. They have lots of "hands-on" displays. Do view the 18 minute video on Ellison's growing up period. We were very fortunate on our visit to meet his sister, who volunteers there.

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Thank Robert H
Seaside, California
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61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is a neat exhibit at the Kona Airport displaying space and astronaut memorabilia from the only Hawaiian to go to outer space...Ellison Onizuka!

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Thank jhantelman
West Jordan, Utah, United States
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78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Wife and i needed to burn some hours while waiting for another tour to start. So I found this and we headed on over to the old airport. The exhibit was personally very fascinating to me because of my fascination with space and space exploration. I will admit I was very ignorant of who Ellison was and humbled by my... More 

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Thank Paul W
LA
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a wonderful piece of history of a local boy, and his dream of flying. He was on the Challenger who it imploded back in the 80's. So much to see there. Docents very helpful and love their local hero. If you are stuck due to flight delays, it is a wonderful way to occupy your mind!

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Thank llvassoc
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I was surprised with how much my family enjoyed this space center. It is a small space center with a nominal fee to enter. I appreciate the educational value of this center but my 5 year old son really had fun. The women there were so helpful and sweet. One of them took my son around to see the different... More 

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Thank N C
Truckee, California
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

We took our 9 and 7yr old boys here during a very rainy day while on vacation. It is a small place but has lots of fun, education and interactive displays/toys for the kids to play with. The movie is also educational and entertaining. The staff is super nice. Worth a stop if you are interested in space or just... More 

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Thank TruckeeLivin
Vancouver, Canada
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104 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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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