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Address: 600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
Phone Number: +1 808-969-9700
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why not ,when it is rainning

Great place to visit, got there a day that was raining, it is great for kids and adult that likes explore .

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
gisele c
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You owe you and your family, kids of all ages from 6-99, to visit this great attraction. They cover the Hawaiian cultural beliefs concerning the cosmos and the latest astronomical discoveries. They have an ongoing variety of Planetarium shows and exhibits which will not disappoint. A great gift shop is off the lobby with unique gifts for the kid in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit, got there a day that was raining, it is great for kids and adult that likes explore .

Thank gisele c
Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are some good exhibits and staff have information to share. The problem is that there is little signage so that it is not really clear what you are looking, which direction to go, etc.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Our 3 year old son is really into space right now and so we brought him here. He really enjoyed the kids exhibits about the planets. There is a nice video about what its like on the International Space Station (ISS) which was neat to watch. There was a coupon in one of the tourist magazines that gave us 2... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We visited a couple years ago, but understand it's still very nice. We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits, the cultural sensitive throughout, and the excellent films.

Thank Richard F
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

I visited the centre with a group of older school students. The display/ exhibition part is quite nice with some hands on displays, the highlight of which was a globe which you can project time lapse images on. Overall, though, it is not a big centre. The planetarium show was somewhat spoilt by a very distracting split in the screen.... More 

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Lihue, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Got to learn more about how the early Polynesians used the stars to navigate in the sea and got some history about Hawaii's volcanoes. Its very educational as well

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

I've given this astronomy center an average rating, but it really depends upon who is visiting. If you are in 7th grade or beyond, I'd recommend skipping it. There is a section of the center that offers some hands-on attractions about space and Polynesian navigation that youngsters might enjoy. In fact, there appeared to be a field trip of 4th... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Boy am I glad that I found a 2 for 1 coupon for the Imiloa Astronomy Center. This was one of our must-do's in Hilo and we were very disappointed. The center is on the small side and many of the exhibits seemed rather dated. All the signs were in both English and Hawaiian, which is nice, but there were... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

This was my favourite museum in Hawaii! There was a range of displays, with hands on elements, puzzle pieces, interactive computer screens and artefacts to handle. I loved reading more about Hawaiian myths and traditions, including information about canoe trips where people navigated by the stars and nanotechnologies- I felt that they had tried to broaden the range of information... More 

Thank Beka K

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