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Imiloa Astronomy Center

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

Published 01/20/2010

Fodor's Review

Part Hawaiian cultural center, part astronomy museum, this center provides an educational and cultural complement to the research being conducted atop 14,000-foot Maunakea. Although visitors are welcome at Maunakea, its primary function is as a research facility—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, near the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the center also provides an important link between the scientific research being conducted at Maunakea 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 Restaurant is popular and affordable.

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii/341446772/">Trip</a> by Ryan Ozawa<br />

Sight Information

Address:

600 Imiloa Pl., at UH Hilo Science &amp; Technology Park, off Nowelo and Komohana, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA

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Phone:

808-969–9700

Sight Details:

  • $17.50
  • Closed Mon.

Published 01/20/2010

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