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Mokupapapa Discovery Center

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Wonderful visit here

I loved watching the fish in the aquarium. Could have sat there, mesmerized, for hours. The video I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
catherine s
Tehachapi, California
Excellent local museum

Extensive history of the Hawaiian Islands that is well done. Great for families and kids. Most... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2018
Phippsburg, Maine
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The Mokupapapa Discovery Center allows visitors to learn about the natural science, culture, and history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, and the surrounding marine environment. Since most people...more
76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2831
+1 808-933-8180
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved watching the fish in the aquarium. Could have sat there, mesmerized, for hours. The video I watched on coral reefs was excellent too. A great place to go and it is free!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank catherine s
Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

Extensive history of the Hawaiian Islands that is well done. Great for families and kids. Most people do not recognize that there many other Hawaiian islands that extend about 1200 miles northwest of Kauai. Well worth a visit and about one block away from the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

To learn more about the native animals and island this is a very informative place to visit. It opens at 9am and is Closed on Mondays........in a beautiful historic building with a gift shop and very helpful people on hand. Nice place for children and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank norman m
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

It is worth a visit! It is for free. People there are very friendly. When I was there a ranger of the volcano park talked about the current situation in the park and what was going on there this year. Very interesting and a lot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank travelicious_j82
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Very nice Discovery Center! The Volcano Park rangers were moved upstairs to this location because the park was closed, so that was a bonus. There were also local performers there that day and that was wonderful!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Teresa G
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Initially we visited because Hawaii Volcanoes National Park rangers were there. The museum is a very worthwhile visit with a large aquarium and many marine exhibits about Hawaii. Plus indoor educational play areas for kids. The park rangers gave us the latest updates on the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TexasEagle
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Along with info on the Mokupapapa Marine Reserve, this is also a temporary info center for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park while the park is closed due to eruptions.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John T
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Volcano National Park headquarters relocated here. Neat exhibits about Hawaiian culture. Near volcano exhibit, also had an art exhibit created from elephant paintings.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Hdolphin18
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Very nice place to visit. Because the Volcano National park was closed while we were there, the park service rangers were there giving presentations and answering questions concerning the volcano, that was good and very informing information as to were you could go see fissure...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank John F
Reviewed 2 July 2018

This is the perfect place for an afternoon with children to learn more about their surrounding environment. The staff is extremely helpful and happy to provide additional information.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from TexasEagle | Reviewed this property |
Should be open not federal go