Dinosaurs extend their visit at ‘Imiloa

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Caleb Gaspar waves at animatronic dinosaurs Wednesday while walking through the “Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals" exhibit at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. The exhibit has been extended through April 15.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The exhibit “Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals" in the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center has been extended through April 15. See page X for more details.

Due to overwhelming interest from the public, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center will be extending the presentation of a special traveling dinosaur exhibit, “Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals,” for three more weeks.

The exhibit will continue to be on display through April 15 in ‘Imiloa and is accompanied by a special dinosaur planetarium program and other special offerings.


“Expedition Dinosaur” is a fully interactive exhibition that transports visitors to the Cretaceous Period 66 million years ago when some of the most iconic dinosaurs ruled the Earth.

With lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, visitors will meet fantastic creatures like the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ankylosaurus, and Edmontosurus.

Interactive features of the exhibit, which was Developed by Stage Nine Exhibits, include a fossil scanner, asteroid experience, jeep explorer activity, and more.

“It’s been extremely heartwarming to see hundreds of families visit the center and be amazed by the wonder of dinosaurs — it literally has been a ‘roaring’ success,” said Ka‘iu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa. “We’re thrilled to offer this fantastic exhibit and planetarium program for three more weeks at ‘Imiloa through April 15, and look forward to seeing new and returning faces.”

Interested visitors can view general admission ticket pricing as well as the full list of dinosaur-related offerings at imiloahawaii.org. ‘Imiloa members can take advantage of a reduced special exhibit and programming fee.

In keeping with the current state and county COVID-19 health and safety protocols, ‘Imiloa will continue to require proof of either COVID vaccination or U.S. FDA-approved negative COVID test results (taken within 72 hours of visit to the center) upon arrival this Thursday and Friday.

Effective Saturday, ‘Imiloa will not be requiring verification of vaccination or negative COVID test results for visitors. Approved face masks will be required by all visitors.

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