Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo

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  • To understand research findings such as Hawaii island's history, culture, geography, and astronomy are easier to see. Headset by Japan guide is the biggie, but do not read the description of each exhibit English and don't know the meaning.
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  • My family visited the Astronomy Center during our December trip to the Big Island. The Center is run by the University of Hawaii system, and is extremely well done. It is an especially great place for...  more »
  • It sometimes rains a lot in Hilo so we went here to get dry. It is located at the University of Hawaii and they have a decent restaurant and gift shop. There is an IMAX theater show there although I f...  more »
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  • I like this place. I especially like the exhibit where you can control the Milkyway and zoom in and out showing Earth. That was my favourite part. It was like controlling it by creating your own Big Bang. I was also able to see a video of a NASA astronaut touring around the space station. This place is veered towards children for sure but I am fan of space exploration so this was definitely a fun experience. Learning about the voyages of early Hawaiians was good too. Seeing descriptions in Hawaiian language next to English translations was good to see, especially in the land where people once spoke them. We went in a dome theatre and the presenter was fun. She was engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining.
  • Since the island is a noted astronomy center, our expectations were perhaps over-inflated. This place was an extreme disappointment. A planetarium without stars! The extremely expensive film showed Hawaiian culture and pseudo-religion. (Everything a Hawaiian has ever touched or looked at seems to be sacred.) The only astronomy was the not so surprising revelation that pre-Hawaiians, just like every other early civilization. used the stars to navigate. The main museum display was a canoe, not a telescope. Looking for astronomy or science? Save your money and visit Palo Alto!
  • We took my grandchildren for an excursion to watch a kiddies movie on the ceiling screen . It was AWESOME ! Like being surrounded by the movie .
  • Hawaiian planetarium with a sense of place. Very strong also in the cultural context. Very nicely done and definitely worth visiting.
  • We were running out of things to do on the Big Island towards the end of our trip and decided to stop by here. It's air conditioned and my 10 year old is big into science stuff. While it is not nearly as big and extensive as the Science Museum of Minnesota, you can tell that the staff really cares about the museum and keeps it up nicely. There is a large room of interactive exhibits for kids that covers both space exploration and Hawaiian culture. We spent about an hour looking at exhibits (I think you would hard-pressed to spend much longer than that). Then we went to a show in the 360o theater. Again this was not nearly as impressive as the Omnitheater but it was cute. The space show we watched was pretty silly; even my 10 year old thought it was dumb. After that they did a 15 minute planetarium show about the Hawaiian night sky and that was pretty cool. Being from the Midwest the night sky is quite a bit different in Hawaii and that was fun to learn about. I would recommend as a great indoor stop (for super hot or rainy days) for those with kids in the 7 year old to teen age range.
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