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Mokupapapa Discovery Center

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76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2831
+1 808-933-8180
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Down town

Very nice place to visit. Because the Volcano National park was closed while we were there, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John F
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California City, California
Interesting location, Best Suited for Children

This is the perfect place for an afternoon with children to learn more about their surrounding... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Miss1934
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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The Mokupapapa Discovery Center allows visitors to learn about the natural science, culture, and history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, and the surrounding marine environment. Since most people might not have the opportunity to visit these remote islands, the facility on the bayfront in Hilo, Hawai'i serves to ""bring the place to the people"" and spur greater public awareness of the region and ocean conservation issues. Housed in Hilo's historic, century-old Koehnen Building, Mokupapapa features a 3,500 gallon saltwater aquarium, interactive educational exhibits, lifesize models of wildlife found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, artwork inspired by those islands and Hawaiian culture, and many interpretive panels in both Hawaiian and English. The beauty of the historic Koehnen building has been preserved and refreshed to show off its majesty, including a koa wood staircase, Hawaiian hardwood floors, and high ceilings.
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76 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-2831
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+1 808-933-8180
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"marine life"
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"national monument"
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"free admission"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to visit. Because the Volcano National park was closed while we were there, the park service rangers were there giving presentations and answering questions concerning the volcano, that was good and very informing information as to were you could go see fissure...More

Thank John F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the perfect place for an afternoon with children to learn more about their surrounding environment. The staff is extremely helpful and happy to provide additional information.

Thank Miss1934
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the place to go to get information about the Kilauea Volcano and the present eruption on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Thank Miles N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting free museum that educates you on the Northwestern part of the Hawaiian Archipelago. I did not have a lot of time to spend in there the day I went so I will have to return.

Thank Mark D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were interested in the centre and were delighted with what we discovered there. A super aquarium with lots of local fish. There was information on the Hawaiian culture. Upstairs there was lots of new information on the recent volcanic eruption. Very interesting, all the...More

Thank Elizabeth G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In this center u will come to know about the latest details of the Volcano and the aquarium of fishes and tortoise. Kids would get some entertainment. The entry is free and is in the heart of Hilo downtown. Near by areas there are lots...More

Thank Raja S
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Nice place to take the kids and get them engaged with marine life and science. Kept us all engaged for a good couple hours.

Thank Francisco G
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Had so much fun exploring this interpretive center covering the natural science, culture and history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Convenient location right in downtown Hilo, by donation, outstanding helpful and friendly staff, answered all our questions. Beautiful 3500 gallon aquarium filled with many beautiful...More

Thank 44statesandcounting
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Interesting interpretation of nature, culture, geology, ecology and the history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands through informative exhibits, short films. Great to learn about the fish and the birds, really enjoyed their aquarium . Free admission, small donation is always welcomed.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Very informative and eye catching exhibits. Using the self guided/interactive iPad stations (excellent idea, by the way), we learned about the geology, ecology, and cultural history of the smaller islands that make up the rest of the Hawaiian archipelago (otherwise known as the Papahanaumokuakea Marine...More

Thank rjmcwalker
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