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Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
+1 808-969-9700
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Off the beaten path, but a great place to visit.

My family visited the Astronomy Center during our December trip to the Big Island. The Center is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washougal, Washington
Lots of cool stuff for a rainy day

It sometimes rains a lot in Hilo so we went here to get dry. It is located at the University of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marlton, New Jersey
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600 Imiloa Pl, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4072
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 children because of the many hands on exhibits. They've...More

Thank Mamashu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 found that a little boring....More

Thank angeleyes27
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended two talks with Emil as our lecturer. One of them was a live planetarium show about the night sky at noon. She is so dynamic and well informed. She asked questions of her audience and encouraged participation. After the 2 talks, we spent...More

1  Thank Rebecca N
Reviewed 30 November 2017

If you have an interest in space, other planets and what is being seen on Mauna Kea, go to the Imiloa Center. There are so many wonderful shows to see but call ahead to see what is showing, or go online. If you want to...More

Thank KatmaiKate
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

After having lunch at the sky garden restaurant, we saw 2 planetarium shows and toured the exhibits. It was very informative of the process of how hawaii was discovered and how early hawaiians used astronomy. I learned a lot. All of the staff was polite...More

Thank Natasha D
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We visited the Center for the planetarium show streaming the night sky from Mauna Kea's visitor's center, which was excellent, and also enjoyed the numerous excellent exhibits at the Center.

Thank Hoopsr
Reviewed 5 November 2017

The observatory was fogged in while we were there so we went to Imiloa instead. It was a delightful surprise.

Thank Texacored
Reviewed 30 October 2017

You will learn some good facts about the Hawaiian Skies. The presenter of the show was excellent. She sure knew her stuff regarding the Hawaiian Skies.

Thank TheDude23112
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Nice enough admission gives you one movie of about 30 minutes and 15 minutes of discussion. Restaurant is overpriced on buffet, order from menu instead. We were not impressed. Restaurant service was great, good hot tea.

Thank Oreta S
Reviewed 13 October 2017

The architecture of the building is quite interesting and attractive. The exhibits, many for children, are informative and interactive. I particularly enjoyed the floating globe that lets you (through a computer interface) project different data (weather, water temps, ...) graphically on the globe and rotate...More

Thank garbagecollector
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