MAMo - Native Hawaiian Arts
May 18, 2013 – Oct. 7, 2013
Celebrate the artistry, mastery, and the beauty of the Hawaiian visual arts community. Bishop Museum and PAI Foundation come together for the MAMo Exhibit, a month-long celebration of Native Hawaiian arts.
Pacific Hall Grand Reopening
September 21, 2013
The highly anticipated grand re-opening of Pacific Hall (formally Polynesian Hall) explores the origins of Pacific Islanders, the migrations and settlement of the Pacific Ocean, and the cultures and values of its people. The permanent exhibit will feature archaeological findings, many of them never exhibited before, along with objects of beauty and power that tell the rich stories of Pacific Islanders.
Visitors will be able to see one of the world’s best collections of model canoes, including one made by master navigator Mau Piailug; the powerful Tahitian mourning costume collected during Captain Cook’s voyages; a trio of imposing wooden slit drums from Vanuatu; and an actual fishing canoe with outrigger and sail from Fiji. In a restored Victorian-era gallery, Pacific Hall will feature objects, images, and sounds of past and present cultures of the Pacific Islands. When completed, Pacific Hall will consist of 42 cases, 12 digital media displays, and 7 contemporary art pieces.
LEGO®: Travel Adventure
Oct. 5, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014
This October Bishop Museum will bring the blockbuster children’s exhibit, LEGO® Travel Adventure to Honolulu! In this exhibit, children are invited to create vehicles capable of flying, driving, and floating – or all three.
To go on a travel adventure to exotic locations, children are asked to think creatively, plan, and build vehicles to move through all kinds of terrain – mountains, oceans, jungles, deserts, and more. This newest LEGO exhibit is filled with colorful backdrops, kid-friendly building activities, and eye-popping LEGO sculptures.
Ni‘ihau Shell Exhibit
October 26, 2013 – January 27, 2014
A private collection of approximately 50 stunning and pristine lei will be featured in “Ni‘ihau Ethos,” an exhibit which examines the science behind Ni‘ihau shells, as well as its manufacturing history and the master craftsman who make them. Ni‘ihau Ethos will be showcased in the Bishop Museum’s Long Gallery.
Life Through Time:
Dinosaurs and Ice-Age Mammals
April 27 - September 15, 2013
The entertaining and educational exhibit features 10 full-sized moving and roaring animatronic dinosaurs and ice-age mammals. The exhibition starts in the time of the Ice Age, more than 2.6 million years ago, with a family of Saber Tooth Tigers and a Mastodon, which most closely resembles a modern day elephant. Going even farther back in time, visitors are transported to the age of the dinosaurs where they will encounter the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex and a giant Apatosaurus, once known commonly as a Brontosaurus. Examine the hatchlings of the Maiasaura and see how dinosaurs cared for and raised their young.
Additional features include a hands-on robotic skeleton which visitors can control, crayon rubbing tables of simulated bone impressions, and a dinosaur dig. “Museumgoers frequently ask our staff when the dinosaurs plan on coming back,” said Mike Shanahan, director of visitor experience, education and planetarium. “After a two-year hiatus, we are proud to finally announce their return, along with their ice age friends to teach us how life on earth evolved after the extinction of the dinosaurs.” Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals is presented by Horizon Lines.
'Ike Loloa: A Long Insightful Journey
May 17, 2013 - October 7,2013
“We listen to our kūpuna, our ancestors, our treasures, for they are our culture holders and carry cultural knowledge and wisdom for us today.” —Maile Andrade
Since 2006, the Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) Award has been bestowed upon more than 20 Native Hawaiian master visual artists. From painters to carvers of stone and wood, from lauhala weavers to kapa artists, these awardees bear testament to the depth, diversity and artistry of the Hawaiian community. Bishop Museum’s commitment to honoring these awardees has included hosting an annual exhibition in the J. M. Long Gallery.
This year’s awardee is Ivy Hāli‘imaile Andrade, better known as Maile Andrade. She will receive the MAMo Award in a public presentation in Bishop Museum’s Atrium Courtyard on Friday, May 17th at 6 p.m., followed by the opening of the exhibition, ‘Ike Loloa: A Long Insightful Journey. The exhibition will remain on display until October 7, 2013.
A multimedia artist, Maile has exhibited in numerous shows, locally, nationally, and internationally. “I believe that art is a powerful means of depicting the journey of one’s life. Everyone is an artist—whether the art be dance or writing. The lessons we learn along the way come through in our art,” Maile says.
Fall 2011 - Fall 2014
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.
Pacific Hall - Reopening September 2013
Pacific Hall is a gallery of two floors representing the peoples of Pacific cultures across Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.
Explore the Polynesian origins of our islands' people in these fascinating artifacts of ritual, daily life, warfare, religion, clothing, music and dance.
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.
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.