President & CEO,
Blair D. Collis
For over one hundred and twenty years, Bishop Museum has cared for the cultural and natural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Today, its collections hold over 25 million catalogued objects. Each treasured item has a story to tell, and the Museum is committed to telling these stories for generations to come.
Many remarkable things are happening today at the Bishop Museum. The Museum has embarked upon its most ambitious restoration and renovation project in its storied history. Voices from the past can be heard for the first time in more than a century as Museum scholars shared a lively discourse of news, stories, opinions, and chants from early Hawaiian language newspapers through the Ho‘olaupa‘i project.
Scientists seek to find new ways to detect alien species before they gain a foothold on our threatened islands, and worked with state and federal officials to help protect Hawai‘i from the ongoing threat of invasive species. Last year, the Bishop Museum Press won more awards than any other publishing house in Hawai‘i, garnering both local and national recognition for its publications. Exhibits such as Pauahi: A Legacy for Hawai‘i, Mai ka PIKO Mai: Gathering of Indigenous Artists, and BRAIN: The World Inside your Head give visitors the unique opportunity to learn about Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and groundbreaking science each time they visit.
This and much, much more takes place each day at Bishop Museum. Last year, the Museum shared its many stories with over 400,000 people—including nearly 40,000 schoolchildren— through innovative exhibits and educational programming. Scholars, cultural practitioners, students, researchers, and visitors alike took part in the Museum’s many offerings, while the Museum’s dedicated staff and volunteers worked behind the scenes to maintain the Museum’s vast collections.
None of this would be possible without the support the Museum receives from both the public and the private sector. We are grateful to the many individuals, foundations, corporations, and government supporters whose generosity and vision is helping Bishop Museum to fulfill its important mission—to study, preserve, and tell the stories of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Mahalo for your support and I hope to see you on campus one day soon!
Blair D. Collis
President & CEO