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Pacific Tsunami Museum

130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2833
+1 808-935-0926
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Worth an hour while in Hilo

Worth about 45 minutes (including a good 20-minute video) to an hour while exploring Hilo... read more

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Ian W
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San Francisco, California
Tsunami Museum

An excellent museum- well worth the price of admission. Good film on history of Hilo destruction... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kmc m
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portland,or
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130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2833
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Reviewed today

Worth about 45 minutes (including a good 20-minute video) to an hour while exploring Hilo; admission was $8 for an interesting education in Hilo's history with tsunamis. Also, separate exhibits about the Indian Ocean tsunami, and why Hilo seems to catch the brunt of Pacific...More

Thank Ian W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

An excellent museum- well worth the price of admission. Good film on history of Hilo destruction. Good display of artifacts

Thank kmc m
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to learn everything there’s to know about a Tsunami this is the place. Very informative and the docents really know the island and its history. You will understand a lot about when the big wave hit Hilo

Thank Karen T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

In the town of Hilo, so very convenient for a quick visit. It's small, but there a number of displays giving a variety of information and stories about Tsunami's through the years. There is also a movie on a loop that is worth sitting in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must in Hilo. The staff is knowledgeable and you can learn a lot in 60 minutes. A reminder of the power of the ocean.

Thank TheCaretaker
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay place, not great. It is more about tsunamis in general than the Hilo tsunami. Could be improved

Thank Ellen G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took time to take a tour of this small, yet interesting museum. It highlights the effects of the tsunami of 1946 on the city of Hilo. There are displays and films to explain what tsunamis are and how they cause such destruction. There are also...More

Thank trainfan2000
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This museum is geared towards public education and explains the current risks of tsunamis by exploring many past tidal wave events. It is worth a visit here to understand what to do should the sirens go off or a large local earthquake occur anywhere in...More

Thank Ichecked
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

This museum focuses on the human factor of the devastation of tsunami events. It explains the factors that contribute to the destruction caused by this type of natural disaster, and outlines the actions needed to minimize the lose of human life when a tsunami occurs

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

This is a small museum but definitely worth a visit. Informative and explains the history between Hawaii and Tsunamis along with other worldwide Tsunamis. Interesting, interactive exhibitions and worth your time to stop and learn something new.

Thank TravellingTaz444
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