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“Do this and Laupahoehoe and you may never sit on the beach again!”

Pacific Tsunami Museum
Ranked #13 of 80 things to do in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Guildford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Do this and Laupahoehoe and you may never sit on the beach again!”
Reviewed 7 November 2012

We visitied the museum after spending some time at Laupahoehoe Beach Park where some of the tragedy played out during the 1946 tsunami.

It is a really well configured and regularly updated tour led by local narrators that leaves you in no doubt of the power of the ocean. The building housing it is also very cool with the video theatre housed in the bands vault.

This is not to be missed if you have be moved by the recent tsunami events in Japan and the Pacific. It was made all the more poiniant when on our last night on the island there was a full scale tsunami alert accross the pacific and we heard and saw the evacuation process for real!

Visited October 2012
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N FT MYERS
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The Power of Water”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

One can hardly imagine the power of a wall of water when it is created by an earthquake and travels thousands of miles and hits land. The Center offers very good explanations of how this happens as well as pictures that illustrate just how powerful the waves can be, especially during the 1946 Hilo wave.

Visited March 2012
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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Very interesting museum”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

We thought this little museum would be mildly interesting and take a half hour. We ended up spending 2.5 hours here and enjoyed every minute of it. Volunteers were available to explain several of the exhibits and a very interesting and moving film is shown. They have done an excellent job explaining how tsunamis occur and the devastation they cause, both financially and emotionally.

Visited October 2012
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ghent, new york
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice little museum, helpful staff.”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

Good film presentation on Tsunami in Hilo. Admission feeis a little high but it's worth a visit if you have a few extra dollars while on vacation.

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Recommended to Visit”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

We would definitely recommend a visit here. The volunteers are doing a great job all for the right reasons. It gives a different perspective on the Hawaiian lifestyle and history. Be prepared for a mixture of emotional responses. Some of the stories here are difficult to absorb but need to be told. The message being given was well received when we were still in Hawaii during a recent tsunami warning and evacuation. We were able to respond as required despite the lack of information from the Sheraton where we were staying at the time.

Visited October 2012
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