This 16,500 square-foot facility adds a new dimension to the Museum by providing exhibits that are immersive and interactive – with a strong emphasis on better understanding Hawai‘i’s environment.

Visitors become active participants in exploring areas of science in which Hawai‘i has gained international recognition for cutting edge research – including volcanology, oceanography, and biodiversity.


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Open every day
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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Don’t Miss!

Daily Lava Shows

That’s right: we’re the only place in the world that melts real lava LIVE! Shows happen twice daily (12 noon, 2:30 pm) in our Hot Spot Theater (lower level of Science Adventure Center). You’ll learn about Hawaiʻi’s volcanoes and see rock and cinder melt in this exciting and unique lava-melting demonstration (length: 25 minutes).

New Fish Species!

This newly discovered Hawaiian fish is called Pete Basabe’s Butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei). It was collected in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument at a depth of 200 feet (61 meters), using advanced mixed-gas rebreather diving gear. Now on display in our new aquarium on the lower level of the Science Adventure Center!

Hawaiʻi Origins Tunnel

Featuring artwork by the students of Hawaiʻi Nei, the Hawaiʻi Origins Tunnel is a creative interpretation of Hawaiʻi’s spiritual genealogy, connecting the main level with the lower level of Science Adventure Center. From the depths of darkness is born the divine ~ a complex and beautiful tapestry of interwoven relationships between gods and man, parent and child, land and sea.