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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Hilo History

If you truly want to understand the story of Hilo, you need to visit this museum. Small, but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Waikoloa, Hawaii
via mobile
Quaint museum with passionate volunteers

We enjoyed our trip here and also the clear passion and interest of the volunteers who are clearly... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2018
Wellington, New Zealand
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130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2833
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you truly want to understand the story of Hilo, you need to visit this museum. Small, but wonderfully interesting and informative. I did it as a self guided tour... my preference. Take your time, stroll along, and soak it up. You may never look...More

Thank Muadib84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I read in the rough guide that you cannot understand Hilo without a visit to this museum. This is the perfect summary - we dropped by and were shown around by Mike who make the whole museum (and really, the whole of Hilo) come alive...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

For those who have never experienced a tsunami, this is a great place to learn about their effects on the how the town is shape today. There are pictures, videos, artifacts and first hand accounts. My grandfather survived the 1946 tsunami so this place brings...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is a great place to go if you want to learn about how tsunami's happen. They have very detailed information and lots of great stories.

Thank Liz A
Reviewed 31 July 2018

We found it so interesting to read about the history here and how Hilo has been affected by tsunamis.

Thank kirkland1963
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip here and also the clear passion and interest of the volunteers who are clearly passionate about getting people to learn more about tsunamis. Worth a visit if for nothing else to have your admission go to a good, educational cause.

Thank Kiwi_iwiK
Reviewed 19 July 2018

The 25 min video presented there is a good overview of what is in the museum. Also make sure to go to Coconut island to see the tree with the heights of the Tsunamis, it is very impressive.

Thank Jullisa
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Fascinating information on Tsunamis in general, their affect and impact on the Hawaiian islands as a whole and on Hilo specifically. Very informative about what happened some of the survival stories, how tsunamis work and behave and their causes. It doesn't take a lot of...More

Thank Mike G
Reviewed 26 June 2018

A great educational experience! They start you out with a film (in the old bank vault!) and then you can wander around several rooms that cover all kinds of information and artifacts on tsunamis from every corner of the globe.

Thank nwaipio
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

This museum is a historical and educational centre in one. It clearly shows how Hilo has been affected by the power of a Tsunami numerous times. The film hits home, the stories of survivors is powerful. The small entrance fee is worth it.

Thank Elizabeth G
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