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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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Great exhibits, wonderful staff

Had so much fun exploring this interpretive center covering the natural science, culture and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
44statesandcounting
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Westchester, NY
Lot’s to learn..

Interesting interpretation of nature, culture, geology, ecology and the history of the Northwestern... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lakecomo15
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Ottawa, Canada
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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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"free admission"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 March 21, 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

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

This is a wonderful and very educational museum, with very helpful docents (especially Pat!) We took our family, including 8 year old grandson to visit and he was intrigued and interested, as were we. If you visit Hilo, don't miss it!!

Thank 258Donna
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Reviewed February 28, 2018

Very interesting place, full of information. Great to learn about the native birds & fish, they're a lot different than what we have in Canada. Gives visitors an appreciation of the tropical paradise they're in. Admission is free but make a donation to help keep...More

Thank Denis2727
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

The interactive display on the marine sanctuary is marvelous, and set up to show many aspects of the atolls reefs: birds, fish, geography, history. You can do as much or as little as you like. There are other displays featuring research being done in the...More

Thank Berrywin
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Reviewed December 21, 2017

We stopped in here yesterday and after over an hour we reluctantly left - definitely the best stop on our Hilo side. First, one of the people that worked there, Clint, showed us many fascinating elements - including a remake of a traditional hawaiin boat...More

Thank arielmc
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Reviewed October 26, 2017 via mobile

This place is probably better for kids than adults, but there is a really cool interactive touchscreen display about all the Hawaiian atolls. The place is free to enter, if you feel inclined they take donations. Def worth doing with kids.

Thank Lostelement
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

Well worth your time to stop in. For one thing, they have a great aquarium. This place really educates you about the National Monument. Very educational about the Atoll Islands. Great interaction for the kids whole learning of both heritage and how to preserve the...More

Thank Wilma B
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Reviewed September 1, 2017

Nice display and interesting tour with helpful guides. Check out the old building that houses the Center - it's a gem.

Thank Lisa M
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