‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Unravel the mysteries of the cosmos at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, where Hawaiian culture meets cutting-edge astronomy through interactive exhibits and planetarium shows.

'Imiloa Astronomy Center is a Heritage Site located in the city of Hilo on Big Island, Hawaii
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Things to Know About ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center


  • Overview: Imiloa Astronomy Center, located in Hilo on Big Island, Hawaii, is a world-class astronomy and culture center that showcases the rich history of Hawaiian culture and the cutting-edge research conducted at the Maunakea Observatories. This must-see attraction is perfect for visitors who want to explore the fascinating intersection of science, culture, and the cosmos.
  • Highlights: The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center stands out for its unique combination of traditional Hawaiian culture and modern astronomy, offering visitors an immersive experience that bridges the gap between ancient navigation techniques and the latest advances in space exploration.
  • Activities: Visitors to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center can enjoy a range of engaging activities, including exploring interactive exhibits on Hawaiian culture and astronomy, attending planetarium shows that showcase the night sky, and participating in educational programs and workshops for all ages.
  • Information: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. General admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children aged 4-12, and free for children under 4. The best time to visit is during weekdays to avoid larger crowds and to take advantage of special programs and events.
  • History & Significance: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center was established in 2006 as a collaboration between the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Maunakea Observatories. The center’s mission is to inspire a passion for exploration and learning by sharing the connections between Hawaiian culture, astronomy, and the natural world.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit to ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, plan to spend at least 2-3 hours exploring the exhibits and attending a planetarium show. Don’t miss the center’s native Hawaiian garden, which showcases the diverse flora and fauna of the islands. Lastly, consider visiting during special events such as stargazing nights or guest lectures to gain a deeper understanding of the center’s unique offerings.

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