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Pacific Tsunami Museum

130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-935-0926
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Learn all about tsunamis

Being the site of two major tsunami hit in the 20th century, Hilo is the natural site for this... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Centennial, Colorado
Could be so much more

We were very excited to visit the Tsunami Museum and learn more about the power of tsunami. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
+1 808-935-0926
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being the site of two major tsunami hit in the 20th century, Hilo is the natural site for this museum. There are descriptions of the effects of the tsunamis and how they work.

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very excited to visit the Tsunami Museum and learn more about the power of tsunami. The video was interesting but a bit amateur and we would have liked to learn more about the science behind tsunami besides just the stories. There is a...More

Thank SofiaLeRed619
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice small museum In an old bank. The displays are interesting and informative. There is a 20 minute film that helps a lot. Personal stories of survival at highlighted. Glad we did not have a tsunami during our lovely visit.

Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Established in 1994, the former Bank of Hawaii building, started with a unique mission “We believe that through education and awareness, no one should ever again die in Hawaii due to a tsunami.” The museum serves as a living monument to the people who lost...More

Thank PlanetAirlines
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great little museum that is dedicated to the tsunami of 1946 and 1960 that shows the devastation of Hilo and the East part of the island.

Thank rayrest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in on our last day in Hilo and it was worth it, the welcoming guide was excellent, giving us an overview of the history of the island and the Tsunamis that it has endured. Also a few titbits for fellow visitors who were...More

Thank Scotty66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I left shocked at both the number of things i didn't previously know about Tsunamis, and at their nature. A fascinating mixture of photos, models and movies explains the truth about how this natural phenomenon works. The devastation caused on the Big Island over several...More

Thank dc55555
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Emotional museum. Docents knew some of the people who were taken. Quilt of names. Photos are excellent. Watch video. Maps of origination of tsmamis was fascinating. I also drove around afterwards and saw the "new" buildings higher up the hill from previously for safety --...More

Thank Schreiber11
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Starting with a video which gives you an inside of the Tsunami history of Hawaii. Goose bump guarantee when you listen to the eyewitness reports. Take your time to stroll around a little and read some stories also about the major Tsunami in 2004! Our...More

Thank christiansS8118DP
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

On the main oceanfront road and located in an old bank branch, First Hawaiian ( formerly Bishop National), is the Pacific Tsunami Museum. The movie provides a very good overview of the terrible devastation that this has caused both in Hilo and around the world....More

Thank marenostrum
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