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“Appearances CAN be Deceiving”

Pacific Tsunami Museum
Ranked #11 of 83 things to do in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 26 November 2012

While not much to look at from the outside (it looks a little run-down... but then again, so does most of downtown Hilo, because of construction restrictions and the constant threat of Tsunami damage), the inside of the museum is rather quaint and unimpressive, visually speaking.

Despite this, the content found in the museum is top-notch! Excellent descriptions of the history of Hilo, history of tsunamis in Hawaii (with emphasis on the '46 and '60 events), and eye-witness account of tsunami survivors. The displays do a great job explaining the science behind tsunamis and how they are measured and predicted; there are some fun, interactive exhibits, too!

Allow plenty of time!

Thank Keith-B-Robinson
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

Museum has good staff available to do an introduction & show you around. There is a short film regarding Tsunami that included interviews with survivors.

Thank Kim M
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

Be sure to see the movie, as it has information not covered in the exhibits. Some interesting and moving stuff here, but not a clear flow/storyline. We spent under an hour here.

1  Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We visitied the museum after spending some time at Laupahoehoe Beach Park where some of the tragedy played out during the 1946 tsunami.

It is a really well configured and regularly updated tour led by local narrators that leaves you in no doubt of the power of the ocean. The building housing it is also very cool with the video theatre housed in the bands vault.

This is not to be missed if you have be moved by the recent tsunami events in Japan and the Pacific. It was made all the more poiniant when on our last night on the island there was a full scale tsunami alert accross the pacific and we heard and saw the evacuation process for real!

1  Thank RColtz
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

One can hardly imagine the power of a wall of water when it is created by an earthquake and travels thousands of miles and hits land. The Center offers very good explanations of how this happens as well as pictures that illustrate just how powerful the waves can be, especially during the 1946 Hilo wave.

Thank randyr1944
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