Hilo discovery center reopens: Keiki-friendly facility has been closed for more than two years due to pandemic
By GRANT PHILLIPS Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Sunday, June 12, 2022, 12:05 a.m.
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An exhibit on plastic waste on beaches is on display Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo on Friday.
Art by Don Elwing is on display on the top floor of the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo on Friday. Elwing takes debris, trash and waste that he finds near South Point and turns it into art.
Andy Collins looks over the Kenyan K. Beals Robotics Center, where students can practice for upcoming robotics competitions, at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center on Friday. Students will have the chance to build their very own VEX, MATE ROV and underwater robots that can compete in matches.
Fish swim in the saltwater aquarium at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo on Friday. The center reopened for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday.
From left, Justin Umholtz, Andy Collins, Malia Evans and Virginia Branco take a break and stand together in the main entrance of Mokupapapa Discovery Center on Friday. The four have been working together to reopen the center.
After a two-year closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mokupapapa Discovery Center on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo reopened to visitors Saturday on World Ocean Day.