ʻImiloa means "to seek far" and is the Hawaiian word FOR both "explore" and "explorer".

At ʻImiloa, we explore our place in the genealogy of the universe and continually seek, learn, and adapt to an ever-evolving environment that inspires discovery and innovation.


Upcoming Events

ʻImiloa is a gathering place that advances the integration of science and indigenous culture. Our diverse exhibits, programs and events harness leading technologies, environmental resources, and cultural practitioners to engage both our local communities and visitors alike.


Planetarium Shows

Our daily planetarium shows are open to all ages, with a portion of each show highlighting the unique perspective we enjoy here in Hawaiʻi.




February 2018

"A number of the exhibits are focused on the way Polynesian explorers used their knowledge of the sky, water & wind to navigate as they traveled and settled around the Pacific, methods very different from European explorers. There were also exhibits on the large canoes & new expeditions with them. The more 'standard' astronomy exhibits were very well done too. We should have planned on more time there."

Via TripAdvisor / Read Full Review


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Explore ʻImiloa!

ʻImiloa is here to share Hawaiʻi's legacy of exploration. Whether Kama‘āina or just visiting, ʻImiloa has something for everyone. 


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Enjoy unlimited access to the exhibit hall, planetarium & special events!


Schedule A Field Trip

Come learn about Hawaiʻi's legacy of exploration with our school programs!



Sharing Hawaiʻi's Legacy of Exploration. 


‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is A part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo


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