On Exhibit

World of Wearble ArtWorld of WearableArt™

October 3, 2015 – February 1, 2016
Castle Memorial Building, First Floor

New Zealand’s largest international design competition, The World
of WearableArt
™ Awards Show, known as WOW®, is where fashion
and art collide. The garments produced for the show are constructed
from an extraordinary array of materials that are worn like clothing.

The very best of the WOW® permanent collection is an exhibition
comprising 32 award winning garments, integrated audio visual
presentation, a dynamic mobile app “STQRY” and an interactive
workroom with touch screen technology.

Bishop Museum is the first museum in the U.S. to host this international touring exhibition in partnership with the New Zealand Government.

World of WearAble Art     New Zealand

Duke KahanamokuDuke Paoa Kahanamoku

August 9 2015 through February 28, 2016

Hawai‘i’s beloved ambassador of aloha and a public figure unrivaled in grace and humility, Duke Kahanamoku’s legacy transcends his outstanding resume of Olympic gold medals, daring surf adventures, and Hollywood movies. The beauty of Duke’s legendary fame consists of his core values of aloha, love, and good sportsmanship, and the profound respect he gained from admirers worldwide during his remarkable lifetime.

Bishop Museum will bring the many facets of Duke Kahanamoku to life by enlivening the J. M. Long Gallery with graphics, photos, cultural artifacts, video clips, and interactive media displays. Dramatic floor to ceiling graphic panels will reflect Duke’s “larger than life” persona. Historic photos, documents, and video excerpts will offer insights into a remarkable life.

Cultural artifacts related to Duke, including personal memorabilia like trophies, his personal ‘ukulele, sheriff’s badge, surfboard, and keepsakes will bring visitors face to face with the legend. Interactive media displays will offer unique ways to discover, explore, and share the stories associated with Duke and hear his voice, experience his persona, and admire his character

Made possible through the support and generosity of the following community partners:

Ward Village Foundation    
Diamond Head Storage   Hilton Hawaiian Village

Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum &
Ward Village Foundation present
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Special Programming 9:00 – 2:00 p.m.
$5 reduced admission for kama'āina and military w/ ID

Made possible through generous support from the
Ward Village Foundation and the City and County of Honolulu

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.



Nā Ulu Kaiwi‘ula - Native Garden

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.


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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