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“Combine with the Lyman Museum” 4 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 #14 of 66 things to do in Hilo
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Combine with the Lyman Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Very informative. This museum package gives interesting information about the developement of the Big Island and the devestation caused by tsuami especially in light of the most recent tsunami activity causing damage to the west coast of the Big Island.

Visited July 2012
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“It's About the Tsunami”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This museum was very interesting. Nice exhibits, very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and lots to see. I didn't know that I knew so little about the Tsunami - different from a tidal wave - until I went to this museum. Several big ones have hit this end of the Big Island, with devastating effect, and...well, the staff tells it better than I could. The wife says it's one of the best museums she's ever been to.

Visited March 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Educational and interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

A great deal of interesting history in the volunteer run museum. Certainly educational. Also makes one think twice about ocean front property. Thanks. Fee is $8 for adults. No public washrooms on site.

Visited February 2013
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Ventura, California
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“Watch a video of the wall of water which inundated the building you're sitting in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

My husband and I love Hilo. It is a real town with real people living and working in and around it. We have each been there several times separately as well as on cruise ship port calls together. However you get there, the old 'main drag' is Kamehameha Ave and a couple of blocks north of the bus terminal sits the Pacific Tsunami Museum. The building it occupies looks like an Art Deco bank building complete with graceful plantings and interesting objects installed on the original architectural pedestals outside. The museum has an fascinating collection of photos of the city and information about tsunamis. Everyone who was raised on the Pacific Coast has an interest in tsunamis, so this info is beneficial. The video was produced for one of the Hawaiian television stations and uses historic video as well as contemporary oral histories. Highly recommended, please donate!

Visited December 2012
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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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