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Spectacular Specimens from the Collections of Bishop Museum

August 2, through October 27, 2014 in the J.M. Long Gallery

Nature's WondersGaze upon art made up of iridescent butterflies, dainty sea horses, and shimmering beetle shell jewelry. The first exhibit of its kind in Hawai‘i showcasing some of the more fascinating, incredible, and beautiful natural history specimens from the collections of the Bishop Museum. The most fascinating and beautiful specimens were carefully chosen for display, from over 22 million specimens.

Creatures like the incredibly colored Birds of Paradise, golden metallic beetles, intricately formed corals, and a variety of skeletons and skulls show off the magnificence of nature’s beauty.  The fascinating natural designs of the nautilus and delicate ferns among spotted moths and colorful butterflies in spiral and manadala patterns are awe-inspiring.  Native cultures in Hawai‘i and the Pacific appreciated the beauty of nature and incorporated items into wearable ornaments, such as helmets, headbands, necklaces, and bracelets. Some of the more unique and exquisite of these examples of “nature’s jewelry” are on display in the exhibit as well.

Catch a rare glimpse into the fascinating world nature has made for us!

Nature's Wonders

On Exhibit

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World
May 10 - September 1, 2014

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the WorldVisitors will experience 5,000 square-feet of the science, sound, history, and cultural impact of the guitar through both historical artifacts and engaging, hands-on displays. The exhibit features more than 60 musical instruments that range from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative; from the viheula of 17th century Spain to the electric Fender Stratocaster, and to the guitar as re-imagined in the Guitar Hero video game.

The exhibit also includes ancestors of the guitar, from the Persian tanbur to the Renaissance lute, and from the banjo to Hawaii's beloved 'ukulele. The exhibit also addresses the 'science of the guitar' through interactive displays that explore how guitars and amplifiers produce sound, examining for example the ways in which the density of wood shapes the sound of music. The exhibit even features what is officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's biggest playable guitar, over 40 feet long and 16 feet wide.

MAMo 2014: He Kumu Kukui
May 2 - July 21, 2014

MAMo 2014Now in its ninth year, the MAMo Awards is a pivotal aspect of Maoli Arts Month, a community-based effort to celebrate the depth, breadth and diversity of the Native Hawaiian visual arts community. Co-sponsored by Bishop Museum and PA'I Foundation, these awards recognize those within our midst who have dedicated their lives to the creation of work which honors the beauty and enduring artistry of the Hawaiian people.

An exhibition, MAMo Awards 2014: He Kumu Kukui, featuring the works of this year's awardees, will be on display at Bishop Museum's J.M. Long Gallery from May 2 to July 21, 2014.

Tradition and Transition: Stories of Hawai‘i Immigrants

Tradition and Transition

Fall 2011 - Spring 2015

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.

Tateuchi Foundation

Hawaiian Hall

Hawaiian Hall

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.

Pacific Hall

Pacific HallExplore 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

Princess Abigail Kawananakoa 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.



Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center

Science Adventure Center

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

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.

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