Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Hilo

Lyman Museum & Mission House

Compact yet comprehensive, this small museum encompasses the tremendous variety of Hawaii's natural and cultural history. Downstairs, geologic exhibits include fascinating examples of lava rock, minerals and shells.…
Top Choice Museum in Hilo

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi

ʻImiloa, which means 'exploring new knowledge,' is a $28 million museum and planetarium complex with a twist: it juxtaposes modern astronomy on Mauna Kea with ancient Polynesian ocean voyaging. It's a great family a…
Top Choice Museum in Hilo

Pacific Tsunami Museum

You cannot understand Hilo without knowing its history as a two-time tsunami survivor (1946 and 1960). This seemingly modest museum is chock-full of riveting information, including a section on the Japanese tsunami …
Gallery in Hilo

East Hawai‘i Cultural Center/HMOCA

The best venue for local art is this downtown center, which displays the work of both professionals and amateurs. Exhibits change monthly, while workshops and classes (such as painting, drawing, ukulele and hula) ar…
Museum in Hilo

Mokupapapa Discovery Center

The Hawaiian archipelago extends far beyond the eight main islands to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, forming a long chain of uninhabited islets and atolls containing the healthiest coral reefs in the USA. Learn …
Gallery in Hilo

Wailoa Center & Wailoa River State Park

This eclectic, state-run gallery hosts a variety of monthly exhibits. You might find quilts, bonsai, Chinese watercolors or historical photos, all done by locals. Surrounding the center is a low-key park with grassy…
Museum in Hilo

Hawaii Japanese Center

The Japanese immigrant community has been sizable and influential in Hawai‘i, especially in Hilo. Here, learn more about this group through plantation-era artifacts, memorabilia and photos, all in mint condition and…