September 29, 2016

This fall, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will expand the programming of its J. Watumull Planetarium with the return of laser light shows and showings of Boy who Fell in Love with a Star, a unique experience combining state of the art planetarium technology and live theater with performances by two of Honolulu’s most beloved performers.

Laser Light Shows

In 2015, Bishop Museum became the first venue ever on O‘ahu to present laser light shows in a dome setting. Back by popular demand, the planetarium will again feature holiday-themed matinee shows and evening laser light performances set to classic rock. Laser shows will run at Bishop Museum from Oct. 8, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017. Matinee performances from Oct. 8–31 feature Fright Light, the Halloween-themed show featuring songs like “Thriller,” “Purple People Eater,” “Frankenstein,” and other Halloween classics. At night, Oct. 8–29, the planetarium will feature laser lights dancing to the music of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The schedule for showings from Saturday, Oct. 8 to Monday, Oct. 31 is as follows:

Matinees – Daily

Fright Light (25 min) – 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. (no showings on Oct. 30)

Cost: $5 add-on to museum admission, $3 for members (Note: there is no “laser show only” ticket for matinees; museum admission is required)

Evening Shows – Fridays & Saturdays

Fright Light – 7 p.m.

Laser Zeppelin – 8 p.m. (no showing on Oct. 15)

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon – 9 p.m.

Cost: $10 general, $7 (ages 4–12), $5 for members

Evening shows all run 45–50 minutes


Boy Who Fell in Love with a Star

Boy who Fell in Love with a Star mixes live theater, music, and the stars and video of Bishop Museum’s planetarium into a unique experience for young people. The show is recommended for children 3–8 years old, but big people accompanying those children will also enjoy the show. The performance, written and played by local performers Adela Chu and Jeff Gere, first debuted in 1984 in the J. Watumull Planetarium. The show tells the story of a little boy, Joey, who is in love with a star. He reads his storybook about the night sky and talks to his star, who then pays him a visit. The Star Lady talks of stars and guides Joey through the night sky. Home in bed, Joey discovers starlight in his hand—his journey really happened!

Boy Who Fell in Love with a Star

Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29; Nov. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13

Showings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Cost for show only: $10 general, $7.50 (ages 4–12), $5 for members

Cost with museum admission: $7.50 general, $5 (ages 4–12), $5 for members