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Imiloa Astronomy Center

  • 600 Imiloa Pl. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Observatory/Planetarium
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 01/06/2014

Fodor's Review

Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy museum, this center provides an educational and cultural complement to the research being conducted atop Mauna Kea. Although visitors are welcome at Mauna Kea, its primary function is as a research center—not observatory, museum, or education center. Those roles have been taken on by Imiloa in a big way. With its interactive exhibits, full-dome planetarium shows, and regularly scheduled talks and events, the center is a must-see

for anyone interested in the stars, the planets, or Hawaiian culture and history. Five minutes from downtown Hilo, the center also provides an important link between the scientific research being conducted at Mauna Kea and its history as a sacred mountain for the Hawaiian people. Admission includes one planetarium show and an all-day pass to the exhibit hall, which features more than 100 interactive displays. The lunch buffet at the adjoining Sky Garden Cafe is popular and affordable.

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Sight Information

Address:

600 Imiloa Pl., at the UH Hilo Science & Technology Park, off Nowelo and Komohana, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, United States

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Phone:

808-969–9700

Sight Details:

  • $17.50
  • Tues.–Sun. 9–5.

Updated 01/06/2014

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