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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Great little museum

Had no idea that Hawaii has been so influenced by Tsunamis. Some really cool exhibits in this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pender Island, Canada
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Interesting and informative

The guides and videos provided a lot of education about that tremendous force provided by tsunamis... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2018
Southey, Canada
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130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2833
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of great information, but if you like to read the displays, do not see the video. It is super detailed and basically spoils everything you will read and see throughout the museum.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had no idea that Hawaii has been so influenced by Tsunamis. Some really cool exhibits in this small place - really enjoyed the stories of the survivors. Spend an hour or two if you are in Hilo.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

The guides and videos provided a lot of education about that tremendous force provided by tsunamis. Really made us aware of the potential for danger. Lots of displays and eye witness/survivor account stories

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank InToonwithWife
Reviewed 17 November 2018

Small museum but very imformative for those of us that do not live in tsunami areas. Staff are friendly and provide good local and wider information about tsunamis. Really interesting to learn about the terrible impact of tsunamis on Hilo.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Debbie3358
Reviewed 7 October 2018

This is a small museum in downtown Hilo off highway 19, highlighting the (unfortunately) many tsunamis that have affected the Hawaiian islands over the last century. A testament to nature's awesome water power, to go alongside the island's fire (volcano) power.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank abattenhouse
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Right in Hilo on Bay front, lots of shops on bay front and Museum is at the far end, but well worth the walk. Fun learning for all ages.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank mrghost11
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We had a cruise stop and were able to take the local bus from just outside the port to downtown hilo bus terminal. The museum was a 10 minute walk from the bus station. Very interesting - how tsunamis are formed and good records of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank redrocks07
Reviewed 1 October 2018

Interesting museum providing an educational insight into the way tsunamis are getting shaped, their impact, but also a history of Hilo.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MiamiKeyWest
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

If you truly want to understand the story of Hilo, you need to visit this museum. Small, but wonderfully interesting and informative. I did it as a self guided tour... my preference. Take your time, stroll along, and soak it up. You may never look...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Muadib84
Reviewed 27 August 2018

I read in the rough guide that you cannot understand Hilo without a visit to this museum. This is the perfect summary - we dropped by and were shown around by Mike who make the whole museum (and really, the whole of Hilo) come alive...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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