Poignant exhibits on Japan’s 2011 tsunami (which also caused significant property damage on the Big Island) and the 2004 Indian Ocean tragedy have broadened the international perspective in this compact museum in a former bank, which also offers displays explaining the science of the deadly phenomenon. Still, the stories and artifacts related to Hilo’s two most recent catastrophic tsunamis are impressive, including a parking meter nearly bent in two by the force of the 1960s killer wave, and accounts from survivors of the 1946 tsunami that washed away the school at Laupahoehoe. Many of the volunteers have hair-raising stories of their own to share—but you’ll feel better after reading about the warning systems now in place.
Hawaii (The Big Island)
Hawaii (The Big Island)› Attraction
Pacific Tsunami Museum
130 Kamehameha Ave (at the corner of Kalakaua Ave)
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–4pm Phone 808/935-0926 Prices $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 children 6–17, free for children 5 and under Web site Pacific Tsunami Museum
Map130 Kamehameha Ave Hawaii (The Big Island)
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