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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
+1 808-969-9700
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a different take on astronomy

A number of the exhibits are focused on the way Polynesian explorers used their knowledge of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Berrywin
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Los Angeles, California
A rich cultural experience

It was raining (of course, it's Hilo) so we stopped in and SO GLAD we did. This is more than... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
TravellingQuallie
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London, United Kingdom
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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
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"planetarium shows"
in 19 reviews
"hawaiian culture"
in 27 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
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"sky garden"
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"night sky"
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"space station"
in 6 reviews
"mauna kea"
in 23 reviews
"exhibit hall"
in 5 reviews
"rainy day"
in 15 reviews
"space exploration"
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"solar system"
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"plan on spending"
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"per adult"
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"children and adults"
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"interesting place"
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"nice museum"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A number of the exhibits are focused on the way Polynesian explorers used their knowledge of the sky, water & wind to navigate as they traveled and settled around the Pacific, methods very different from European explorers. There were also exhibits on the large canoes...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was raining (of course, it's Hilo) so we stopped in and SO GLAD we did. This is more than just a planetarium - it is a cultural immersion into the lives of the Hawaiian navigators an blends the story of different astronomical histories. It...More

Thank TravellingQuallie
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

My family visited the Astronomy Center during our December trip to the Big Island. The Center is run by the University of Hawaii system, and is extremely well done. It is an especially great place for children because of the many hands on exhibits. They've...More

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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

It sometimes rains a lot in Hilo so we went here to get dry. It is located at the University of Hawaii and they have a decent restaurant and gift shop. There is an IMAX theater show there although I found that a little boring....More

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

We attended two talks with Emil as our lecturer. One of them was a live planetarium show about the night sky at noon. She is so dynamic and well informed. She asked questions of her audience and encouraged participation. After the 2 talks, we spent...More

1  Thank Rebecca N
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

If you have an interest in space, other planets and what is being seen on Mauna Kea, go to the Imiloa Center. There are so many wonderful shows to see but call ahead to see what is showing, or go online. If you want to...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

After having lunch at the sky garden restaurant, we saw 2 planetarium shows and toured the exhibits. It was very informative of the process of how hawaii was discovered and how early hawaiians used astronomy. I learned a lot. All of the staff was polite...More

Thank Natasha D
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

We visited the Center for the planetarium show streaming the night sky from Mauna Kea's visitor's center, which was excellent, and also enjoyed the numerous excellent exhibits at the Center.

Thank Hoopsr
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

The observatory was fogged in while we were there so we went to Imiloa instead. It was a delightful surprise.

Thank Texacored
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

You will learn some good facts about the Hawaiian Skies. The presenter of the show was excellent. She sure knew her stuff regarding the Hawaiian Skies.

Thank TheDude23112
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