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A Day In Hilo

Imiloa Astronomy Center

For longer stays, a Day trip to Hilo provides many new and interesting places to visit.
One of the most unique is the Imiloa Astronomy Center Of Hawaii which is a combination of an astronomy and culture education center. It features exhibits and shows on Hawaiian culture and history, astronomy, and the overlap between the two. Imiloa includes a 120-seat planetarium, which features a full dome video projection system. The exhibits are hands-on and interactive making it a good place to take children. Allow 3-4 hours for a visit here.

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
Imiloa Astronomy Center Exhibit
Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii
Imiloa Astronomy Center Exhibit

Admission Prices: Includes 1 show and all Exhibits. Complementary tours on request if available.
Adults: $19.00
Children: $12.00
Under 4: Free
Extra Show: $ 4.00
Senior and Military Discount: $2.00

Address: 600 ‘Imiloa Place
Hilo, Hawaii 96720 Phone: 808.932.8901
HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
Closed Mondays

Unique Culture

Luau Shows

Many tourist will visit a Luau show at least once in Hawaii. These can be great experience based on a traditional Hawaii party. Usually including all you can eat buffet with many interesting foods, cultural activities, open bar, and a show with song, story, and Polynesian dancers. There are 3 in the Kailua – Kona area you might want to consider and several others in the resort area north of town.
Royal Kona Luau, Voyagers of the Pacific
Island Breeze Luau at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
The Haleo Luau Dinner & Show at the Sheraton Kona

There are several others in the resort areas North of Kona including :

Wikoloa Beach  Marriot and the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Hilton Wakoloa Village

Free Hula Shows.

Luau’s are a bit pricey and can include large crowds so you may want to try one of the several free hula shows instead (or in addition to). Generally these are performed by students usually children (keiki) and much less formal than a professional Luau, and without the theatrics and  buffet, but I always find them quite enjoyable and we make time to see at least one every time we are on island. Please check the web sites to verify dates and times. The following 3 are ones we have seen several times. There are also a variety of cultural activities around at various times of year.

Keauhou Shopping Center

(This is only a short distance to the south of My Dolphin Cove condo.) The hula shows are put on by several different Hula schools in different weeks making it fun to return to one the following week if you are lucky enough to be on island more than a week. Check the web site for specific shows. and other activities including crafts. Fridays 6-7.

https://www.keauhoushoppingcenter.com/events

Free Hula Show at Keauhou

Hula dance & fire shows at the Shops at Mauna Lani

Mondays & Thursdays free Polynesian cultural lessons, games, activities & show, performed by Te `E`a O Te Turama, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.They also have activities like lei making. We have seen this several times and although this is a bit of a drive it is quite worth it especially if they have the fire dancing. Monday’s show is “Te Ao Maohi” & Thursday’s show is “Kupaianaha.”
http://www.shopsatmaunalani.com/free-polynesian-shows/

 

Queens Market Place at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Mondays Hula Halau
at the Coronation Pavilion 6-7.
“Hula tells Hawaii’s story with the graceful hands of talented dancers, some trained from childhood in this intricate ancient art of dance and chant.  At the Queens’ Market Place Coronation Pavilion, we invite island halau (troupes) young and old, to take the stage and share their skills, from the ancient kahiko to modern auana style.”
Halau O Po`ohala 6-7pm
http://queensmarketplace.net/index.php/events

What To Do – Golf

Golf courses range from championship resort courses to unique upcountry links and homey municipal clubs. Most have magnificent views making it one of the most scenic golf venues in the world. Top courses include: Hapuna Golf Course, at Mauna Kea Resort, and Mauna Kea Golf Course ranked by Golf Advisor as one of the best golf resorts in North America. Other places to consider are : Mauna Lani North and South courses. And upland golf options are The Big Island Country Club, and Makalei Golf Club is 2,500 feet up the slopes of Hualalai Mountain above the Keahole-Kona airport in a magnificent ʻohiʻa forest. Also consider The Waikoloa Village Golf Course or Kona Country Club. Looking for a cheeper option? Checkout the 9-hole Hamakua Country Club in Honokaʻa has the best green fees on the island.