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Mokupapapa Discovery Center, Hilo

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  • This is a small attraction, but like most other attractions, including the Hilo Zoo, it's FREE! Great 20-30 minute stop to take the kids to learn about the ocean and ocean conservation. Has lots of ni...  more »
  • This small museum has a few exhibits and can be visited in a short time. Large fish tank of coral reef fish is really a beautiful display. Because there is no entry fee, it is a great short visit, esp...  more »
  • Would be a great place for kids...but us over 65'ers enjoyed it, too. It's part of NOA and their goal is basically to educate the public about the island chain off Hawaii that is sinking and what we c...  more »
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  • This place is great! The staff is super nice and very knowledgeable. Take your kids here and learn about the islands of Hawaii.
  • We got a recommendation to go to the Center without knowing what to expect. So we looked around and had a look at all the fish. Right when we were about to leave someone approached us and told us about the boats the Polynesians were using and how they navigated. After that he continued about the Hawaiian Islands how they evolved and that there was even a new one forming right now. He also took his time to answer all our questions. We learned so much and are really happy we went there. Best place to learn a few new things!
  • I was a chaperone for my daughters 5th grade trip for a school from O'ahu and their first stop arriving to Hilo was this discovery center. Getting to the location was very easy and our group with seven vans were able to find free street parking. Once inside we were greeted by friendly staffers (I don't recall their names) who quickly gained the interest of the group of about 50 students and adults explaining the major and minor islands as well as the exhibits on the first floor. The group was taken upstairs and shown a brief video about the albatross and then were given a hands-on activity to separate the non-natural food from the natural foods the albatross chicks would ingest. What a great way for them to understand how to be careful about their trash and the impact they have upon our environment and the creatures they share the islands with. The clean center and cold AC was really nice to enjoy but the most important part of the whole experience was the educational learning. Definitely age appropriate and worth the stop.
  • I had to give this place five stars when I learned it was a government facility. This is a really great place and I've come here several times. Very child friendly. It has a nice learning center about the islands, especially the older ones.
  • Free admission, a live aquarium, and activities for kids. A great place to spend an afternoon!