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Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo

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  • We took a few kids (ages 10 and under) for a movie at the Imiloa Astronomy Center and then went to the Sky Garden Cafe For lunch. The kids had fun with the show and running around the exhibit hall.  more »
  • Driving to this location (not easily located at the Campus) was our only problem. A nice introduction to to astronomy, though don't sign up for to dome shows, if the 2nd one is going to cover almost e...  more »
  • We visited it before going to Mauna Kea- it was on the way. Actually it was not that bad but it is pricey - the entrance was 17.5 USD pp and we allowed to watch one movie at the planetarium. The plane...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great spot for the kids to get hands on learning. The planetarium show was very informative as well and the questions and answers about the evening sky was a great finish to the show.
  • Very disappointed. Turns out this is not actually an astronomy museum, but another Hawaiian cultural museum dedicated to letting us know what amazing astronomers Hawaiians were in the past. Their centerpiece exhibit is a replica voyaging canoe. All written material in the exhibits is in Hawaiian first, then English even though less than 1% of the people who will ever come here actually read Hawaiian. After all this cultural obeisance, what does it earn? The scuttling of the Thirty Meter Telescope (which was to be one of the greatest new telescopes in the world) by volcano worshipers. Save your $17.50 (absurd!) and boycott this diversion. It has nothing to do with the incredible science going on atop Mauna Kea.
  • Well Mr. Plundr, funny how you seem to have plenty of time to lambast negativity, when just a small amount of research ahead of time would have easily shown you that all the things you complain about in your comment are addressed in most books and online as being how the museum does things. Funny how you have the time to be angry and give one star, when all you had to do is 10 minutes of research. This museum is wonderful and in no way misrepresents itself. So I'm suggesting you give the one star rating to your attitude and anger problems and inability to read. Do more reading and research ahead of time and then you may save more money to do the things you feel are really worth while to satisfy your entertainment needs. Aloha!
  • The "Skies Above Hawaii" planetarium show is excellent!! Our host asked people what they were interested in seeing and then customized the show on the fly to include audience interests. Modern planetarium setup with high resolution and 3D capabilities. Exhibits are ok, really geared more towards children than adults for the most part.