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Hilo Museums


Hilo has a number of great museums, many focusing on science, natural history, and Hawaiian culture and history. Thanks to the University of Hawaii at Hilo, these musuems are usually staffed with top notch, knowledgable docents.



Focused on Hawaiian culture and Maunakea astronomy, an inspiring mix of science and culture. The first rate planetarium features several daily shows, and a "rock show" performance of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" on friday nights.

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Pacific Tsunami Museum

tsunami museum
The Pacific Tsunami Museum focuses on the devastation that tsunamis have had on Hilo - mostly from the 1946 tsunami. Much of the empty "park" land you see around hilo was former residential and commercial land wiped out in the 1946 or 1960 tsunami.

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Lyman Museum & Mission House

lyman house

Lyman House museum has a large section devoted to natural history, with a particularly in depth floor devoted to geology (with cool some glow in the dark rocks). You can also tour the Lyman family mission house to see what life was like for the missionary family in the 1800's.

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Wailoa Information Center at Wailoa River State Park

Waialoa State Park

The information center at Wailoa River State Park has cultural exhibits and rotating art displays from local artists.

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