Imiloa Astronomy Center
Imiloa Astronomy Center

Imiloa Astronomy Center

600 Imiloa Place, Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, 96720

The basics

The 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) exhibition and planetarium complex includes three cone-shaped domes representing Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai volcanoes. There are two main interactive exhibits: Origins, which explores the birth of the universe, life on Earth, and astronomical observation, and Explorations, which showcases techniques and tools used by the early Polynesians to navigate the Pacific Ocean. The planetarium offers a variety of shows. Visitors can also glimpse Hawaii’s native ecosystem in the Native Garden.

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Things to know before you go

  • The center is suitable for science enthusiasts and families with kids.

  • Admission to the center includes one show at the planetarium.

  • The Museum store offers books, educational items, games, clothing, and local arts and crafts items.

  • The Sky Garden Restaurant offers lunch and dinner on select days.

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How to get there

Imiloa Astronomy Center is located in the University of Hawaii’s Science and Technology Park in Hilo, on the upper portion of the University of Hawaii, Hilo campus, just minutes from downtown Hilo. Access the center from Komohana Street, off Nowelo.

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When to get there

The center is open Thursday through Sunday, from 9am to 4:30 pm, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Check the schedule for the latest planetarium programs and timing and special events. The Sky Garden Restaurant is open for lunch from 11am to 2pm Friday through Sunday and dinner from 5pm to 8pm Friday and Saturday.

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Mauna Kea Observatories

The Mauna Kea Observatories at the summit of Mauna Kea is home to some of the world’s largest telescopes, with astronomers from eleven countries operating thirteen telescopes. The Mauna Kea Visitor Center sits at 9,300 feet (2,790 meters) and offers interactive displays, talks, tours, and telescopes for visitors to view the night sky. It’s also an essential stop on the way to the summit for acclimatization purposes.

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