Visit Outer Space
The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is an extraordinary facility where the volcano and its telescopes meet indigenous Hawaiian culture and language to articulate the intriguing link between the secrets of the stars and the ancient path of Hawai‘i’s native culture. The $28-million facility, located on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, houses a state-of-the-art planetarium complex and an exhibition hall dedicated to Mauna Kea. The 120-seat planetarium theater is constructed with a dome and features cutting-edge 3D theater technology. Planetarium visitors choose from a full schedule of shows, including its signature attraction, Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, which explores the connections between Hawaiian culture and astronomy.
The exhibition hall features more than 100 exhibits. The centerpiece of the Voyages hall is the ‘Imiloa, a one-fifth model of a voyaging canoe.
The grounds of the center reveal an amazing array of native Hawaiian plants. Here, some 70 native species— Hawai‘i’s largest native plant landscape—are on display. The center’s airy café, the Sky Garden Restaurant, provides a sweeping view of Hilo Bay and breakfast any time of the day.
The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is open to the public every day except Monday.