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“Right idea but overwhelming” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pacific Tsunami Museum

Pacific Tsunami Museum
130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-935-0926
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Ranked #13 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Right idea but overwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

There are many worthwhile stories to tell and most certainly, Hawaii is a place to regain an appreciation for the destructive forces that build and destroy Earth. But while the museum tells the tale in roughly chronological order, it was overwhelming, very dated in parts, and lacked cohesion. There is much good but too much. There were stand out jaw-dropping facts but they were hard to ferret out. I so want this little museum to be better!

Visited January 2013
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Mad River, California
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“Good things to know...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The museum not only gave historical facts, pictures and items, but a short movie interview with survivors. They also focused on how to survive should it happen again. The museum itself is small, but packed with good information and not just from the tsunami's that have devistated Hawaii, but all of the world. They encourage people to bring stories or items from other tsunami hit areas of the world. Enjoy!

Visited December 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Very worthwhile to see while in Hilo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I visited Hilo for a few days this past December. I had no idea what to do in Hilo, having always stayed on the Kona-Waikoloa side of the BIg Island on previous trips.

If you are in Hilo (most people seem to be visiting Hilo in order to visit the Volcanos or Botanical Gardens or may be part of a cruise ship tour docking in Hilo) this is a must trip.
It is not expensive ($8 for adults/$4 for children) and you can see most of the important parts of the museum in a little over an hour.
Be sure to see the video that is played on a frequent basis. This film apparently was made as part of an oral history project launched by the Museum to record first-person accounts of the tsunami that primarily devastated Hilo and surrounding areas on April Fools Day, 1946.
I was transfixed by the personal stories and the viewing of other artifacts and scientific discussion about tsunamis.
The take-home message was that one needs to be aware of the powerful devastation caused by these events and when you are on a beach or low-lying area near the ocean, as a tourist or as a resident, you have to be prepared for quick action that may mean the difference between living or dying.
The museum seems to be better geared for adult visitors, but I think that older children will be able to learn and enjoy visiting this museum as well

Visited December 2012
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Good to learn about the history of the 1946 Tsunami, I have island ties here, from that era and before. So it was of particular interest to me. Finding the history here combined with a visit to the train museum up the coast, helped put it all together for me.

Visited January 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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“Amazing Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This place is a great reminder of tsunami experiences in Hilo! People who supervise the museum are experts! They have amazing stories. The museum is very well kept! You can't miss this place since it's located in the center of downtown.

Visited October 2012
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