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Imiloa Astronomy Center

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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are into Astronomy, yes I would go and visit, but don't expect the Smithsonian. It is a nice little museum with an good planetarium that offers a selection of shows. You don't need much time there. The show would be about the longest...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

My wife and I stumbled upon the Astronomy center after finding the cafe on google and having lunch there. It is amazing and there is so much cool things to see and learn about. Our guide, Tony, was excellent and helped direct us to some...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Anthony L
Reviewed 14 December 2018

With the Mauna Kea Visitor Center closed, we did the next best thing by visiting here. The astronomy exhibits and the planetarium shows were fun. But most impressive were the exhibits about Hawaiian history and how the Polynesians arrived here, describing their navigation techniques including...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alice A
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

I visited with a tour group. We had a delicious buffet lunch in the restaurant. We then watched a 3D presentation in the planetarium which was very informative. We were also fortunate to have a presentation by a very knowledgeable staff person on a globe...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We were looking for a place to visit to fill in an afternoon that we didn't have plans for. We saw this advertised and decided to take a chance. We are glad we did. It is more than just a museum and planetarium. A show...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

My husband and i chanced upon this place cos we wanted to check out the beautiful cone-shaped roofs that caught our eyes. This place was very welcoming and had exhibits and shows to entertain us. The Hawaiian culture is nicely presented in the exhibit hall....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wander700296
Reviewed 2 September 2018

Too afraid of getting sick going up to the summit of Mauna Kea like me? Well then relax and head over to the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. The planetarium shows are all excellent. Emily the astronomer gave us great tours of the night skies...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Acastus
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Go see the planetarium show and the museum there. Don't forget the restaurant. One of my favorite places in Hilo.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Richard P
Reviewed 15 August 2018

This hidden treasure is well worth your time. The big caveat is to please use a docent who can use the wonderful video presentation as ours did. It will "blow you away" :-). The planetarium show is fabulous except the in person narration uses a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank GBLacy
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We did this just before we went on a Astronomy Tour to Mona Kae and will do this many more times on more trips to the big island. For neophytes like us going here before going to top of Mona Kea was a great preparation....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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