Imiloa Astronomy Center
Imiloa Astronomy Center
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Science MuseumsObservatories & Planetariums
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Stephanie T
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We absolutely loved this hidden gem in Hilo on the campus of the University of Hawaii. First immerse yourself in Hawaiian exploration history and connections with Astronomy research being done on Mauna Kea. We wished we’d had more time here. Then head over for one of the best meals you’ll have on Hawaii - Lehua Restaurant. The staff are friendly and passionate. Great finds!
Written 16 March 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I think this place is great for children. There are many hands on exhibits for them and the planetarium show is a cartoon. For adults, it may be a little boring. There is a cafeteria on the premises.
Written 15 March 2024
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Mike P
Anchorage, AK1,661 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Located on the University of Hawaii Hilo campus visit. Between the different film, features and exhibitions, you can spend all day there. There was enough variety that my seven-year-old granddaughter did not get bored and neither did my 11-year-old grandson.
Written 4 February 2024
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Hawaiian Canuck
Vancouver, Canada2,032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
This is a definite must visit while in Hilo. I was so happy that our visit fell during a time where we could stop and spend time here. Museum hours are limited. Everything here is top notch, from the architecture of the building to the exhibits to the theatre and store. I especially loved the exhibit on celestial way-finding and the history of the Hawaiian open ocean voyages particularly the Hokulea. I especially liked the floor outline of the full size of this double hull canoe so one can see how small these vessels really were.
Written 2 January 2024
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Mary Frances S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Great to have the Skygarden Restaurant at Imiloa open again!!
We are Patron members, so we go often and always take our guests and newcomers to our neighborhood.
Imiloa is the final stop on the Carl Sagan model of our solar system that begins in downtown Ithaca, NY. It is loosley affiliated Sciencenter.
It it an important fusion of Astronomy and Hawaiian Culture :the Polynesian people understood star navigation long before European explorers.
Written 21 August 2022
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Kat J
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We enjoyed one of the film offerings and a planetarium talk during our visit and also toured the museum - definitely worth the stop.
Written 18 June 2022
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marceldu
San Francisco, CA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The exhibits are very well done, and most interesting. We also loved the planetarium show, which is included in the cost of the ticket.
Written 5 December 2021
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Ann D
Bowie, MD157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We saw a wonderful 1-hour planetarium show (Skies Above Hawaii), The speaker was so interesting that even kids were spell-bound. There are many other shows throughout the day. We also went through the exhibit area which was very interesting and very hands-on. A great venue for kids. There's an outside garden that you can walk through but it began to rain just as we started out so we decided to forego the walk. There's also a café but we were there on a Sunday and they were serving a buffet.
Written 20 February 2020
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Zuum
Island of Hawaii, HI14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was hugely disappointing, with narrators that made up veeeery corny love stories to go along with the views. And we were subjected to a garish psychedelic light show with 2 loooong rock songs at the end. This might have been entertaining for middle schoolers... We were told there was another show on Saturday with a different theme which we had considered seeing until after we saw this one. We've immediately decided NOT to go, so decidedly that I've even forgotten what the 2nd show will be... OMG it was awful. And I like astronomy...
Written 18 February 2020
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MeleVisitor
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We enjoy going to Imiloa each year when we visit Hawaii. The exhibits are always very interesting and the docents knowledgeable and helpful. The interactive satellite exhibit n which the docent could zoom in on sights around the world (such as a personal address ala Google Earth) was awesome. The planetarium shows are always amazing and assist in finding interesting objects in Hawaii’s incredibly dark sky. Also, we enjoy a very tasty lunch at the cafeteria each trip. Well worth the trip and admission.
Written 17 February 2020
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