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Imiloa Astronomy Center

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Address: 600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
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Fascinating Center

I've visited the Center twice, most recently last week. It provides an extremely interesting perspective on the evolution of astronomical observatories on the Big Island, the use... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Santa Fe, NM
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Who would think there is such an outstanding planetarium in Hilo! Worth the visit! The gift shop has one of a kind items that I had not found any place else.

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Thank Julia S
Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful place to visit. Incredible exhibits showing how the island was built, where the people came from and how they used the stars to get tthere. A wonderful variety of films of the heavesn etc. showing everyday but Monday. Like the Tsunami Museum they are closed on Monday. They also have a wonderful restaurant that is open every day.

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Thank AlohaIslander
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice museum, that's the highlight. Decent videos, ok buffet, a place to spend some time in Hilo... but the seats don't recline for any of there shows and it makes your neck hurt. Find a place on the ground in the aisles and lay down if you go.

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Thank Dean K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the planetarium show Very informative. The displays were fun. We watched a video from the space station that was very interesting!

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Thank Barbro B
Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited the Center twice, most recently last week. It provides an extremely interesting perspective on the evolution of astronomical observatories on the Big Island, the use of the stars and other navigational techniques by "traditional" Polynesian voyagers, and related matters. While I have not seen any of the planetarium presentations, I've no doubt they are well worth watching.

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Thank NormanSantaFe
Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the stargazing live presentation 1/27/17 and was disappointed. The young man who sold the ticket to me was too bored to answer any of my questions. The program started late and I listened to many disgruntled patrons about the process of getting a seat. Nothing about the presentation was live. After many technical difficulties we did view... More 

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1 Thank WhirledTraveler4Peas
Eudora, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found the center interesting and educational. This is a good activity for those rainy days in Hawaii. We viewed four presentations - two in 3D.

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1 Thank Deb B
West Jordan, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting to visit. A little expensive for the small displays.There are shows that you can also pay extra for. One show of your choices comes with the price of the ticket. Look in the travel books for the get one ticket free and it is well worth it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Not super cheap, but a nice museum with great interactive displays. Price of admissions includes a movie in the planetarium.

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Naalehu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

If you ever need a place to spend some quality time in rainy Hilo, go to Imiloa! Their astronomy/planetarium exhibits are current and topical. The interpretive center is great for every one! Friday night programs are varied and informative.

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