Educational Programs

Bishop Museum Cultural Programs for School Groups

The reopening of Hawaiian Hall in August 2009 was both a restoration and reimagining of the “soul” of Bishop Museum. 

Bishop Museum offers a set of school programs and tours to complement the complex.

The following educational programs are for Pre-K through 12th grade and are presenter led programs and tours.

Please Note: Due to the nature of the building we do not allow unguided school groups in Hawaiian Hall. All student groups with 6 or more students MUST be led by a Bishop Museum staff member or docent.

Hawaiian Hall Complex Programs

No Nā Kamali‘i
(Hawaiian-Hall based programs for Grades Pre-K to 3)

Hawaiian Hall Pre-K programs are based on the Smithsonian Early Education Center Learning Through Objects Program.  Via the Learning Through Objects Program children are engaged in taking their first steps toward literacy while also generating excitement in learning. Presenter methods includes storytelling, interactive play and using the visual arts to better understand objects beyond only seeing them behind the glass.  All programs are held in the Hawaiian Hall Complex.

Each Pre K & K Class Must have 1 adult per 5 students. Grades 1 - 3 must have 1 adult per 10 students.

Hawai‘i Preschool Content Standards, December 2006:
Domain III:  Communication, Language Development and Literacy

Kamali‘i Programs:

GRADE PRE-K ONLY: Ke Ao Nani, The Beautiful World
Join us on an interactive exploration of the spaces above, below, and all around us.
Location:  Kai Ākea
• 30 minutes
• 20 students maximum

GRADES K-3: Holo Kai, On the Ocean Blue 
Traveling over water took special skills.  Come along in our waa and paddle with a hoe on this ocean voyage!
Location:  Kai Ākea
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum (20 students maximum for Pre-K & K)

GRADES K-3: Ka Leo o ka Pahu, The Voice of the Drum
Feel the rhythm of the drums and explore the Hawaiian pahu and ipu.
Location:  Wao Kanaka
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum (20 students maximum for Pre-K & K)

No Nā ‘Ōpio
(Hawaiian Hall-based programs for Grades 4 to 12)

Bishop Museum's ‘Ōpio programs have three parts to each experience.
1.  A tour of the listed collection items. 
2.  Individual student activities. 
3.  A group activity featuring the theme.

The teacher's information sheet lists the two or three Hawaiian values featured, program objectives, a list of essential questions and a vocabulary list. It is also recommended that the teacher visit www.hawaiialive.org to preview some of the collections in one or more of the wao (realms) of Hawaiian Hall. The Bishop Museum has made a commitment to listing DOE Content and Performance standards for each program.  Each program lists them separately.

Teachers may also elect to design a special program with the Culture Education Staff by appointment.  Please inquire.

Each class must have 1 adult per 10 students

‘Ōpio Programs:

GRADES 4-6: Mahina Kapu, Our Sacred Moon
Location:  Wao Kanaka & Atrium
Learn about the traditional kapu system and how the moon guided how people fished and farmed.
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum

HCPS III – Benchmarks Social Science:
Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians.
Explain how language, traditional lore, music, dance, artifacts, traditional practices, beliefs, values, and behaviors are elements of culture and contribute to the preservation of culture.

GRADES 4-6: ‘Imi ‘Āina, Seeking New lands
Explore Ocean voyaging, way-finding and human migrations to Hawai‘i.
Location:  Kai Ākea, Wao Kanaka & Atrium
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum

HCPS III – Benchmarks Social Science:
SS.4.3.1: Early Hawaiian Society;  Explain the origins and culture of  early Hawaiians.
SS.4.3.4: Describe the theories of early migrations from parts of Polynesia to Hawai‘i, including migration myths and legends.
SS.4.3.5: Identify reasons that early explorers, settlers, and immigrants came to Hawai‘i (including the influence of Pā‘ao) or the Polynesian region and describe what their lives and experiences were like.

GRADES 4-6: Nā Mea Pa‘ahana, The Tools Of Work
Explore the ahupua‘a, its rich environment and how resources are cared for and shared.
Location:  Hale Pili; Wao Kanaka & Atrium
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum

HCPS III – Benchmarks Social Science:
SS.4.3.1: Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians.
SS.4.6.1: Explain how language, traditional lore, music, dance, artifacts, traditional practices, beliefs, values, and behaviors are elements of culture and contribute to the preservation of culture.

GRADES 4-6: Makahiki, Let the Games Begin
NOTE: Available only during Makahiki season ~ November through February
Understand why the Makahiki Season honors the god Lono.  See the tools of the season and learn some of the games that are part of this celebration.
Location:  Kai Ākea, Wao Kanaka & Lawn
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum

HCPS III – Benchmarks Social Science:
SS.4.3.1  Explain the origins and culture of early Hawaiians.
SS.4.6.1  Explain how language, traditional lore, music, dance, artifacts, traditional practices, beliefs, values, and behaviors are elements of culture and contribute to the preservation of culture.

GRADES 4-12: All Wao Tour
A tour of all three realms.  Approximately 18 minutes per floor.
Location:  Kai Ākea; Wao Kanaka; Wao Lani
• 55 minutes
• 25 students maximum
Teachers may request in advance, specific topic/objects in a Wao.

Kai Ākea - 1st floor - Journey across the oceans and hear how Hawai‘i came to be through the stories of the gods and the coming of people to these islands.  
FOCUS: Origins and Migrations

Wao Kanaka Tour - 2nd floor - Explore daily living in an ahupua‘a. 
FOCUS: Early Hawaiian Society

Wao Lani Tour - 3rd floor - Learn of the Ali‘i (chiefs) from the Kamehameha and Kalākaua Dynasties.  Witness the history of a nation. 
FOCUS: Monarchy and Overthrow


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