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“Filled with Interesting Facts” 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 #13 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Educational Sites, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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“Filled with Interesting Facts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This museum is dedicated to preserving the memory of those who died in the Hawaiian tsunami of April 1, 1946. Upon arrival, there is a guide who gives a 10-15 minute history of tsunamis and the April 1946 one which killed a number of school children as well as adults on the Big Island coast. There is information about other tsunamis as well. One room has a video of survivors giving their eyewitness accounts of that fateful day which I found interesting. There are old photographs and other artifacts. It is located on the main street in Hilo and is reasonably priced at $8. It takes about an hour to visit.

Visited January 2014
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“Nostalgia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Its great to see Hilo town before the tsunami destroyed it. Great old photos and information about the tsunamis and people of Hilo.

Visited October 2014
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“Great for Locals; Not for Tourists”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place has a very worthwhile mission--to inform locals about the history and the dangers of tsunamis. They're something that has had a major impact on Hawaii and people should be more aware.

But, this is really just a bunch of story boards on the walls. I'm not sure what I got from visiting this museum that I couldn't have gotten from a short book. It just doesn't have a lure for "tourists" other than to take your money and help fund local tsunami education efforts.

Visited December 2014
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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Very informational and educational while keeping it interesting. Definitely worth the visit and be sure to see the short movie they offer.

Visited November 2014
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“Small but fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This little museum (in a former bank) on the main street in Hilo is well worth a visit. You'll learn that a tsunami is much more than a "big wave" and how tsunamis have affected Hawaii and other areas. Very moving.

Visited October 2014
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