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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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An excellent little museum, with presentations not only of the major Hilo tsunami of 1946 but of most of the great tsunamis of recent times, combining well the geographical and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Queanbeyan, Australia
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I found this place to be really interesting. Coming from the midwest, we don't hear too much about tsunami's. The museum goes through the huge ones that hit Hawaii and also around the world. They also focus on understanding and trying to better watch for and notify about tsunami's. This is an OK place to stop if your exploring the... More 

Thank Kristine C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It told the history of Hilo and the Big Island in terms of the tsunamis that have occurred over time. They show a great movie which explains tsunamis mixed with stories from the survivors of the 1946 tsunami. Worth the money and you can spend an hour if you're interested in history and culture.

Thank Margo Y
Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is chronologically arranged to tell the story of the most historically significant tsunamis of the past, focusing most specifically on those which have affected Hilo. A 20 minute film not only memorializes those lost in the 1946 tsunami but also teaches about the dangers and manners of appropriate response. There is much reading to do, so visitors should... More 

Thank Gabriele S
Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fascinating to go around this museum. Didn't quite know the number of tsunami that had caused so much destruction and death on the Big Island until I visited this museum. There is the opportunity of deciding whether or not to put out a warning of a "Pending Tsunami" based on information you receive. Not as easy as you think. There... More 

Thank AlohaIslander
Queanbeyan, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent little museum, with presentations not only of the major Hilo tsunami of 1946 but of most of the great tsunamis of recent times, combining well the geographical and historical issues involved.

Thank GrayQueanbeyan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Educational and interesting museum on the history of Tsunamis on the islands. Good way to spend 1-1.5 hours. A lot of it is reading displays and first hand stories but there is a video and a few interactive exhibits

Thank Heather S
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really good 60-90 minute visit to understand the science of tsunami and the impact they had on the communities around Hilo, Hawaii (with special sections for the recent Japanese and SE Asian tsunamis). Excellent video and wonderful guide there to answer all your questions.

Thank Kerry C
Derby Line, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Should you need to broaden your tidal wave knowledge this is the place. History, science and visual interaction are the order of the day.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice local museum hosted in a former bank. The old vaults make a small theatre with an excellent video presentation. You have to visit to understand the history of Hilo (and to alert yourself to what you should do in a tsunami). Nice friendly people and the museum gives information on past tragedies in a sympathetic and appropriate way.

Thank PMQuestions
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum on 12-30-16. Museum tour guide Asia gave us a brief introduction about the science of tsunamis and their impact on Hawaii. What’s cool about the museum is that there are many artifacts donated by tsunami survivors, depicting how the tsunamis played out on the islands. There is free two-hour parking right across from the museum-which was... More 

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