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Imiloa Astronomy Center

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Good intro for the family

good intro to astronomy and hawaiian culture for the family. highlight is the planetarium

Reviewed 28 November 2011
Silver Spring, Maryland
Great place when it's raining

The museum had a lot of interesting information that a traveler may not ever learn, like the... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2011
Yuma, Arizona
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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
+1 808-969-9700
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

This is an amazing place with Hawaiian history and culture. The food in the restaurant is also fantastic - this is a "not to be missed" place to visit in Hilo.

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Reviewed 26 December 2011

The museum part was not impressive. It took just a few minutes to walk from one end to the other. There weren't enough activities to keep the children entertained. The show was engaging - Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky. In simple terms, it explained how...More

1  Thank yara001
Reviewed 13 December 2011

I really enjoyed all the interesting and wonderful items in the gift shop. I even did some of my Christmas shopping there! The exhibits were great as well.

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Reviewed 28 November 2011

good intro to astronomy and hawaiian culture for the family. highlight is the planetarium

Thank JPistol
Reviewed 17 November 2011

The museum had a lot of interesting information that a traveler may not ever learn, like the Voyageur canoes and the way ancient Polynesians navigated by a complex system of wind, waves and stars. The Plantetarium show on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa was interesting,...More

Thank emerlion
Reviewed 8 November 2011

I agree with the reviewer below who panned Imiloa: at $17.50 a head this is one giant ripoff. I know a bit about astronomy and was hoping to gain some new knowledge here. Ha! The astronomical science presented here is very, very shallow at best,...More

5  Thank rickdeckard
Reviewed 27 October 2011

When we went....the next program, about 1 hour to wait was in Japanese and an hour for the program...so we would have had to wait 2 hours...too long we left.

Thank maggieNarragansett
Reviewed 19 February 2011

This museum has some wonderful interactive exhibits and a planetarium. Great afternoon visit for kids of all ages. The Sky Garden Restaurant on site was a good place for lunch or dinner. Well worth the price of admission.

2  Thank Godguy
Reviewed 8 June 2010

At $17.50 per head, the Imiloa Astronomy Center is the worst tourist "value" on the Big Island. Both the Planetarium movie and show and also the exhibit blur scientific astronomy and Polynesian folklore in a way that does drastic disservice to both. The exhibit area...More

7  Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 1 June 2010

Loved the 3D planetarium shows, exhibits, gardens and informative, friendly staff. The restaurant is the BEST buffet in Hilo. 'Imiloa was a great educational experience for my family and I...will be back on our next trip to the Big Island. :)

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