Museums on the Big Island of Hawai’i

Anna RanchKamuelaBig IslandHistoric houseHistoric ranch
Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space CenterNorth KonaBig IslandScienceLocated at Kona International Airport, space science and artifacts of astronaut Ellison Onizuka
East Hawaii Cultural CenterHiloBig IslandArtIn historic building that served as District Courthouse and Police Station
Greenwell StoreSouth KonaBig IslandLivingOperated by the Kona Historical Society, site of Henry Nicholas Greenwell (1826–1891) store
Hawaii Science and Technology MuseumHiloBig IslandSciencewebsite, mobile science museum
Huliheʻe PalaceKailua-KonaBig IslandHistoric houseFormer vacation home of Hawaiian royalty (see photo below)
ʻImiloa Astronomy CenterHiloBig IslandAstronomyHawaiian culture and history, astronomy (particularly at the Mauna Kea Observatories), and the overlap between the two
­­­­Isaacs Art CenterWaimeaBig IslandArtArt museum of early and mid twentieth century Hawaii artists, also retail gallery, operated by the Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Jaggar MuseumKilaueaBig IslandScienceGeological museum dedicated to seismology & volcanology, at Kīlauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park CLOSED
Kona Coffee Living History FarmSouth KonaBig IslandLivingOperated by the Kona Historical Society, depicts coffee pioneer’s story with daily lives of early Japanese immigrants during the period of 1920-1945
Lyman House Memorial MuseumHiloBig IslandNatural historyFeatures Hawaiian culture, shells and minerals
Mokupāpapa Discovery CenterHiloBig IslandNatural historyExhibits on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, now a National Monument, including fish and coral life
Nani Mau GardensHiloBig IslandNatural historyBotanical garden with museum about tropical plants and their role in Hawaiian culture
Onizuka Center for International AstronomySaddle RoadBig IslandAstronomyOn the slopes of Mauna Kea, stargazing programs, information about the telescopes and astronomical work done there
Pacific Tsunami MuseumHiloBig IslandScienceHistory of the April 1, 1946 Pacific tsunami and the May 23, 1960 Chilean tsunami which affected Hilo
Parker RanchWaimeaBig IslandHistoric houseWorking ranch with tours of two historic houses
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical ParkHōnaunauBig IslandArchaeologyPark with complex of archeological sites and reconstructed temple and thatched structures
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic SiteKohalaBig IslandArchaeologyTemple ruins and exhibits

Photo of Hulihe’e Palace on Ali’i Drive in Kailua-Kona
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Hawai’i Volcanos National Park

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