The traditional Hawaiian practice of weaving hala (pandanus, Pandanus techtorius) has been a cultural force throughout time, from its functional roots in precontact Polynesia to its widespread recognition today as a celebrated visual art form. On March 28th, Bishop Museum will unveil Nani I Ka Hala: Weaving Hawai'i, an original exhibition that addresses the vital need to collect, share, and perpetuate this tradition as part of Hawai'i's heritage and vibrant living culture.
The beauty and significance of hala is woven throughout our history and throughout this exhibit. In ancient times, the sails of voyaging canoes were plaited of hala, and utilitarian hala baskets and mats were commonplace. The introduction of foreign items that replaced Hawai'i-made mats and baskets encouraged weavers to further their creativity, leading to a distinctive and truly exquisite Hawaiian style of hala hats that are coveted and treasured as fine art.
Come walk through the stories, the beauty, and the wisdom of ulana lau hala in Nani I Ka Hala: Weaving Hawai‘i, on exhibit in the J. M. Long Gallery from March 28 through July 26, 2015.
This Spring, over a dozen life-like animatronic dinosaurs will stomp and roar at Bishop Museum in the exciting and interactive family exhibit Dinosaurs Unleashed. The exhibit will be on display in Castle Memorial Building from Feb. 28 to Sept. 7, 2015.
Visitors will marvel at replicas of some of the fearsome giant reptiles of the Mesozoic. They will learn about the Maiasaura — “caring mother lizard” — with her baby and a nest of eggs. Of course, the ever-popular “tyrant lizard,” Tyrannosaurus rex, will thrill children of all ages.
Interactive stations and activities will highlight how these animals flourished in their respective environments. Hands-on learners and aspiring paleontologists will have the opportunity to test their mettle in a dinosaur dig, create colorful bone imprints, and control a robotic dinosaur skeleton, just like those featured in the exhibit!
December 12, 2014 - March 16, 2015
For 125 years, Bishop Museum has chronicled life in the Hawaiian Islands. Over that time we’ve seen tremendous changes to Hawai‘i, our people, our cultures, our environment, and our place in a global society.
In this exhibit, explore how everyday life in Hawai‘i has changed since Bishop Museum was founded in 1889. Some changes have been for the worse and some for the better, and the future holds still more changes that will inevitably transform this place and the people who call it home.
The emphasis of the exhibit will be the common lived experience of life in the Islands. Rather than create a linear chronological sequence through the period, the exhibit will examine change thematically, with more than a dozen large graphics panels exploring topics like Communication, Work Life, and Transportation.
Each topic area will let visitors explore deeper with interactive stations:
- vote for a new state fruit for Hawai‘i (unofficial)
- test your knowledge of local sports history
- tune a radio to stations from each decade of recorded music
- eavesdrop on a party line conversation when you use our antique phone
- test your penmanship on our magic slate
- predict what you think the next 125 years might bring to Hawai‘i
- see local landmarks "then and now"
Above: Punchbowl Crater, or Pūowaina. Left, 2014. Right, c.1890.
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Castle Hall’s second floor gallery features special treasured stories in focus cases, a timeline of Hawaiian history, video stations, and significant artifacts and document to relay the history of Japanese in Hawai‘i.
Inspiring stories abound when the discussion centers on the challenges faced by immigrants coming to a new homeland. Tradition and Transition, Stories of Hawai‘i Immigrants presents these and celebrates the diversity brought by all ethnic groups who contribute to the economic strength and cultural multiplicity of Hawai‘i.
Tradition and Transition, Stories of Hawai‘i's Immigrants celebrates the stories of challenge and victory, tales of hardship matched with those of success. It is a story that focuses on the strength of human spirit and the power of change.
For children, a Pā‘ani Place is for kids to learn about multi-ethnic playthings and pastimes.
The hallway adjacent to the main exhibition gallery is Ho‘olaulea Hall, filled with large photomurals, hanging celebratory items, and smaller exhibit cases that focus on multiethnic celebrations.
At the end of the Ho‘olaulea Hall, will be Ho‘okipa Parlor, a recreation of the interior of a plantation home living room, welcoming visitors who wish to sit a while and browse books on various local ethnic traditions or watch some old news reels of plantation-era Hawai‘i.
Tradition and Transition: Stories of Hawai‘i's Immigrants is funded by generous gifts from the Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and Hawai‘i Imin Shiryo Hozon Kai.
The three floors of Hawaiian Hall take visitors on a journey through the different realms of Hawai‘i.
The first floor is the realm of Kai Ākea which represents the Hawaiian gods, legends, beliefs, and the world of pre-contact Hawai‘i.
The second floor, Wao Kanaka, represents the realm where people live and work; focusing on the importance of the land and nature in daily life.
The third floor, Wao Lani, is the realm inhabited by the gods; here, visitors will learn about the ali‘i and key moments in Hawaiian history.
Explore Moananuiākea, the wide expanse of Oceania, in Pacific Hall's newly renovated two-story gallery.
Encounter the family of the Pacific on the first floor, which is filled with cultural treasures - model canoes, woven mats, contemporary artwork, and videos of Pacific scholars.
On the second floor, learn about the origins and migrations of Pacific peoples through the fields of archaeology, oral traditions, and linguistics.
Learn how the peoples of Oceania are diverse, yet deeply connected.
Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāhili Room
The Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāhili Room honors cherished ali‘i and displays the precious Kāhili (feather standards) associated with them.
On display here are portraits of the Hawaiian Monarchy and some of their personal effects.
Nā Ulu Kaiwi‘ula - Native Garden
Stroll though our garden and learn about plants important to Hawaiian culture. You'll find dozens of species ranging from endemic plants (found no where else on Earth) to plants like breadfruit that were brought by Polynesians when they discovered the Hawaiian Islands centuries ago.
The garden is maintained by our Botany department and with the help of volunteers.
This 16,500 square-foot facility adds a new dimension to the Museum by providing exhibits that are immersive and interactive – with a strong emphasis on better understanding Hawai‘i’s environment.
Visitors become active participants in exploring areas of science in which Hawai‘i has gained international recognition for cutting edge research – including volcanology, oceanography, and biodiversity.
Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame
The Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame records for all time, with pictures and memorabilia, the outstanding accomplishments of Hawai‘i's sports history.
The primary goal of this exhibit is to encourage our youth to emulate these outstanding athletes for their devotion, dedication, pursuit of athletic excellence and steadfast character.