Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

Phone (808) 329-3441
4 stars from 2 reviews
Address 73-200 Kupipi St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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History of manned space flight, dedicate to Hawaii's first astronaut.

• General: Astronomy / Stargazing • General: Cost: Paid
• General: Educational • General: Good For Rainy Days
• General: Kid Activities • Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

Beth Anderson's Take
The Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center is an educational facility located at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA). The space center is dedicated to the memory of Ellison Shoji Onizuka who was Hawaii's first astronaut as well as the first Asian American and first person of Japanese ancestry to reach space. Ellison successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C in 1986. He later died during the launch of the infamous Space Shuttle Challenger.

The center offers various interactive exhibits and videos that tell the history of manned space flight along with lessons in physics and living in space. The facility was built by the Hawaii Department of Transportation who coordinated with the Onizuka family. It opened on July 19, 1991 and now offers visitors self-guided tours and welcomes school groups to get excited about space travel.
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The Onizuka Space Center is dedicated to Hawaii's first astronaut, Ellison Onizuka. It is very fun and has lots of hands-on activities. They also have some very informative displays where you can learn about the Challenger and its crew and Hawaii's role in the U.S space program. The hands-on activities were really great too. There is a ton to do and explore.

The space center is located at the Kona International Airport. If you have time before or after a flight I highly recommend checking this place out. It is awesome for kids and anyone interested in learning about space.

It costs $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for 12 and under. They are open from 8:30 to 4:30 seven days a week. If you need to park you have to park in the airport parking lot and pay for parking.
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