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Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

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Address: 1 Keahole Airport Rd, Kona International Airport, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-329-3441
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early to the airport

This was a touching tribute to Ellison Onizuka, Astronaut from Hawaii. Brief and educational. If you arrive early for a flight, it is definitely worth it. If you have kids, an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2016
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Lafayette, California
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Lafayette, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This was a touching tribute to Ellison Onizuka, Astronaut from Hawaii. Brief and educational. If you arrive early for a flight, it is definitely worth it. If you have kids, an educational trip for them.

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

As many will tell you, this place really seems more for the kids than anything, but it's still worth a stop while it's there. Sadly, the TSA is taking over the building in March of 2016, and the museum will be closing. Here, you can learn a brief history of astronaut Ellison Onizuka, and in particular for the young'ns, learn... More 

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Kamuela, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016

If you extra time before your flight I suggest you come here. It is named after the Hawaiian astronaut who went into space. This is very good for children as it has many hands on exhibits.

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

This is astronomy heaven that should appeal to all ages. Enjoy the view and watch the video. Bring a lunch and sit on the picnic tables overlooking the world below.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

We originally thought we would spend about 20-30 minutes, but ended up spending about 1.5 hours due to the many activities that engaged our daughter. Some activities included learning how to simulate the use of a robotic arm, marble gravity pull toys, gyroscope and interactive displays. Unfortunately some of the displays were out of order. Adults also had plenty to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

What an important history museum. It should be a "Must Visit" list to visitors to the Big Island; especially parents with children. They have lots of "hands-on" displays. Do view the 18 minute video on Ellison's growing up period. We were very fortunate on our visit to meet his sister, who volunteers there.

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Seaside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is a neat exhibit at the Kona Airport displaying space and astronaut memorabilia from the only Hawaiian to go to outer space...Ellison Onizuka!

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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Wife and i needed to burn some hours while waiting for another tour to start. So I found this and we headed on over to the old airport. The exhibit was personally very fascinating to me because of my fascination with space and space exploration. I will admit I was very ignorant of who Ellison was and humbled by my... More 

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LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is a wonderful piece of history of a local boy, and his dream of flying. He was on the Challenger who it imploded back in the 80's. So much to see there. Docents very helpful and love their local hero. If you are stuck due to flight delays, it is a wonderful way to occupy your mind!

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I was surprised with how much my family enjoyed this space center. It is a small space center with a nominal fee to enter. I appreciate the educational value of this center but my 5 year old son really had fun. The women there were so helpful and sweet. One of them took my son around to see the different... More 

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