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“Space Shuttle Enthusiast”

Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center
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Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience
Ranked #75 of 129 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Knoxville
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258 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Space Shuttle Enthusiast”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a very small museum of sorts, but it has several hands-on displays and activities. Much of it is devoted to Ellison Onizuka (which you would expect), and the Challenger crew who all were lost in the Jan. 28, 1986, launch explosion. As an enthusiast of the Space Shuttle Program, and especially the Challenger mission with the Teacher In Space, I enjoyed seeing this center. I didn't know much about the early life of Onizuka other than he was Hawaii's first astronaut.

Visited June 2014
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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“Beware the opening hours!”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Unfortunately, the opening hours are 10am-3.30pm (I think), so all I got to see was the front door when I turned up at KOA at 4pm for my flight, planning to kill a bit of time in there :-(

If you plan on going, check the opening times!

Visited May 2014
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Kihei
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“Great for Kids”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

We arrived early for our return flight and just had to stop in.....Wonderful interactive attraction that provided a wealth of information. There were many activities to keep children of all ages occupied so the adults could take time to read and view all of the information about Ellison Onizuka. Such a tragedy to have his life cut short, but this is a tremendous way to honor his memory. The ladies in the museum were very helpful and interesting to talk to. Small but worth the three dollar admission fee.

Visited April 2014
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Columbus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A hidden gem and poignant tribute to Hawai'i's first astronaut”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

Barely noticeable near baggage claim at Kona airport on the Big Island, is this tiny museum honoring Hawai'i's first astronaut, a brilliant young man who perished in the Challenger disaster. In addition to actual uniforms, photos, and documents, gathered here seem to be every kids' book, toy, game, science kit, t-shirt, backpack, pencil, etc. ever designed to pique the interest of aspiring space travelers. Lots of hands-on opportunities and an excellent 10-minute video. Both my 4- and 2- year old grandsons loved it, and so did I!

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Lots for kids to play with as in toys”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

We travelled back to the airport to see a bit of space history. The white building between the terminals is the one.
The lady wasn't friendly, and they didn't turn on the movie screen. Many attractions weren't working. There were a hundred "games and activities" to do though, as in - store bought games. A 20 month old was kept happy, and a 10 and 11 year old. The adults could read all the notices and see the photos.
Parking was $5 at the terminal for under 1.5 hours, and entry $3 adult and $1 child.
The best part was the astronaut food you could buy and try.

Visited December 2013
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