Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo

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  • October 3, 2017
    I wanted to take my son to the Imiloa Center to learn more about astrology but he had another appointment so he just dropped me off there while he met someone at UH who can offer him a position as a s...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Loved the movie inside the viewing planetarium. Very informative. Great resources for a hands on experience.  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    I loved this place on several occasions. They have a planetarium with great shows. Full of Hawaiian history. This is a science center so lots to see and learn.  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Hawaiian planetarium with a sense of place. Very strong also in the cultural context. Very nicely done and definitely worth visiting.
  • March 24, 2017
    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.
  • March 20, 2017
    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.
  • April 3, 2017
    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.
  • March 15, 2017
    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!

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A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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