- TripBuzz found 11 things to do indoors in the Papaikou area. From Pacific Tsunami Museum to Mauna Loa Observatory, Papaikou offers a variety of rainy day activities and other fun things to do indoors — including 10 indoor attractions with ratings over 90%.
- There are 13 different types of things to do inside in or near Papaikou, Hawaii. Some of the most popular types of these activities include: Art Gallery, Observatories & Planetariums, Movie Theaters and Theaters.
- There are 0 indoor activities in Papaikou, and 11 indoor attractions in nearby cities within 25 miles, including: Hilo, Pahoa, Laupahoehoe and Mountain View.
Mauna Loa Observatory is a working atmospheric research facility that has been collecting climate related data since 1950. Tours are by appointment and only on selected days, visitors to this remote site will enjoy the stunning views on the drive up the mountain.
82% 49 votes
308 Kamehameha Ave, Suite 109, Hilo, HI 96720 MoreLess Info
Featuring educational exhibits detailing the ecological history of the region, Mokupapapa Discovery Center offers visitors aquariums filled with native sea life. The center features displays with life sized animal models like seals, sharks, and more.
Take a guided tour of the Lyman family Mission House, Hawaii's oldest wood frame building, and explore the history of the state through seashell and mineral collections, permanent and special exhibits at the Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum.
The main attraction of the Imiloa Astonomy Center is its 120-seat planetarium, which boasts shows in 3D. The site also comprises a large landscape garden featuring plants native to Hawaii, and exhibits exploring connections between science and local Hawaiian culture.
Located at the 14 000 ft summit of Mauna Kea, and accessible by vehicle, the Mauna Kea Observatory is the largest astronomical observatory in the world, housing thirteen telescopes operated by astronomers in eleven countries.
79% 24 votes
36237 Mamalahoa Highway, Laupahoehoe, HI 96764 MoreLess Info
The volunteer-run Laupahoehoe Train Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, and special appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Groups must make advance reservations. This is a fascinating museum for all interested in the history of rail travel in the United States.
92% 121 votes
17-995 Volcano Rd, Mountain View, HI 96771 MoreLess Info
Coffee aficionados love visiting the Hilo Coffee Mill, one of the largest and most famous coffee producers in Hawaii. The Mill has a large store on its campus and offers free shipping on large mail orders.
A three mile drive through macadamia nut groves leads to Hershey's Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Company for a visit to the nut and chocolate processing plant. Taste several varieties of macadamia nuts, watch demonstrations, and visit the gift shop.