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Kona International Airport offers a variety of options for passengers waiting for their flights.  In addition to shopping and eating, visitors may want to visit the Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center.


Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

The Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center is located at Kona International Airport.  The space center is an educational facility dedicated to the memory of Hawaii’s first astronaut who perished aboard the Challenger Mission in 1986. The Center’s interactive exhibits and videos tell the history of manned space flight, physics and daily life in space.


Collections: space related exhibitions featuring personal items of Ellison S. Onizuka; interactive displays explaining space concepts; a lunar sample, Apollo 13 space suit and other space related exhibits and displays.

Programs and tours: permanent and rotating/temporary exhibitions, visitor center, school excursions, self-guided tours, teacher workshops, teacher training programs, films, demonstrations, and interactive multimedia for public use.


The center is open daily from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  An admission fee is charged.  For more information call (808) 329-3441, Fax (808) 326-9752.


Onizuka Space Center website.



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