Visitors coming to the Pacific Tsunami Museum (PTM) are typically independent, well-educated travelers who find East Hawai'i to be an environment rich in natural beauty and wonderful people. The Museum is an attraction that is interesting from a scientific perspective as well as from a cultural and historical view. Volunteer docents greet each visitor and give them a brief background in tsunamis and how Hawai'i has been affected by them. As docents relate the stories of Hilo and Laupahoehoe, visitors get an insight into how the fabric of our communities have been shaped by tsunami events.
The Museum provides an enriching experience for local residents as well as for tourists. Approximately 35% of our visitors are residents of Hawai'i and many come to reconnect with their family and community history here in Hilo and Laupahoehoe.
We are now in the process of recruiting docents. Become a docent at the Pacific Tsunami Museum and meet friendly visitors who come to Hilo to experience our lifestyle and learn about tsunamis and Hilo. An important part of Hilo’s history is found in the tragic history of tsunamis that have reshaped the city. Docents share these stories and the science related to tsunamis with visitors.
The docent experience is open to all. Information and training are provided, so you do not have to be a tsunami expert. Many docents have been surprised to see old friends and family visit here.
The commitment we ask is 3-4 hours per week, either 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. If you are interested in being a docent, please call 935-0926.
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Last Revised November 2016