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Pacific Tsunami Museum

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Address: 130 Kamehameha Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
Phone Number: +1 808-935-0926
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Pacific Ocean on both sides represented - fascinating

The best part of this museum is that it shows not only how the tsunamis happen, but the effect in both directions - not just the USA, but all the other Pacific Ocean countries... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you do not Know about tsunamis , this is a great place to learn about the when visiting Hilo. The wife and I spent some time there learning about how much destruction occurred to Hilo in 1946. Also about what to be aware of should the sirens sound when we were in the Islands. It was time well spent... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful example of a small museum with a timely topic. The contents are not just about the water but about the people affected by tsunamis.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Popped in here during the heat of the mid day sun and we were very pleased we did wow what a great way to spend an hour lots of info on the Tsunamis well worth a visit if you have a spare hour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a small but really interesting museum. I really got a feeling of the devastation that tsunamis had caused to Hilo. It helped me understand the place.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best part of this museum is that it shows not only how the tsunamis happen, but the effect in both directions - not just the USA, but all the other Pacific Ocean countries. The history in Hawaii is also included with interesting old photographs.

Thank fibersong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed this historic museum. So much interest and many of the displays draw you in. So much tragedy happened years ago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Well done small museum I had always overlooked until a friend mentioned it. Be sure to give it at least a short visit as it shows what happened to Hilo.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This tiny museum is packed with information about tsunamis around the world as well as how to react and survive a tsunami. Most of this information is posted in very written exhibits around the building. My husband and 16 year old enjoyed it and learned a lot, but my four year old was really only interested in the one hands-on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A nice spot to check if you are interested in the Tsunami history of Hilo and the current risks. We learned about Tsunami's in general and were welcomed warmly. Was an interesting stop

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We've been to Hilo before but never had time to visit this museum. I very much enjoyed walking around reading all the material. This is housed in a former bank and when it came time to watch the video it's held in the old vault with the doors still on it. I got a kick out of that. There was... More 

Thank Lisa S

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