Bishop Museum To Celebrate Reopening Of Hawaiian Hall August 8th & 9th
Honolulu, HI - The historic Hawaiian Hall at Bishop Museum will reopen to the public on Saturday August 8th with festivities continuing on Sunday August 9th. This will be a weekend filled with cultural ceremony and celebration!
Special admission rates for kama‘āina and military will be $5 for adults; $3 for youth ages 12 to 4; and keiki 3 and under are free for this great weekend event. Regular admission applies for all other visitors.
Reopening Ceremonies will begin at 7:00 a.m., two hours prior to the public opening of the Museum. Interested participants and members of the media are welcome to view these ceremonies that will start with a procession at the Museum gates and encircle Hawaiian Hall.
Procession participants include Museum staff, Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts, Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Hālau, and community members. The official welcoming remarks will begin at 8:00 a.m. and include speeches, performances, and the untying of maile lei.
Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will include the following activities:
- Live entertainment, cultural activities, exhibitors, vendors, and cultural practitioners. The Great Lawn will feature three themed tents to reflect the realms of Hawaiian Hall: Kai Ākea, Wao Kanaka, and Wao Lani.
- Hawaiian Hall Lecture Series, Atherton Hālau 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. International, national, and locally renowned scholars and artists will share a series of presentations that explore Hawaiian history, culture, and the historic renovation of Hawaiian Hall.
Saturday topics: the restoration of Hawaiian Hall, Native Hawaiian realms and world view, and Anti-Annexation efforts.
Sunday topics: Native Hawaiian master artists, the history of Bishop Museum and Hawaiian Hall, and dramatic storytelling
- Aside from Hawaiian Hall, all of Bishop Museum’s exhibits will be open to the public including Polynesian Hall; Castle Memorial Building which features Backyard Monsters; the Mamiya Science Adventure Center; and the J. Watumull Planetarium.
The Hawaiian Hall reopening festivities weekend is sponsored in part by Hawaiian Airlines, Outrigger Enterprises Group, and the John Young Foundation.
Hawaiian Hall closed three years ago to undergo its first major renovation in over a century. The restoration included the hiring of the best in the field, including Honolulu architect Glen Mason of Mason Architects to restore the structure of the great hall; Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a world renowned museum design firm; and incorporating the expertise of Hawaiian scholars, cultural practitioners, and artists.
The result is a state of the art Museum that embodies a Native Hawaiian world view, layered in meaning and authentic in voice.
Hawaiian Hall will offer visitors deeper insights into Hawaiian culture and access to a record number of the Museum’s treasured collections, together with Hawaiian interpretation and perspectives.
Artifacts are displayed in ways that pay tribute to and respect their inherent power. Over time, these artifacts will be rotated to ensure its proper care and display.
Each of the three floors in Hawaiian Hall will take visitors on a journey into a different realm. 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.
Hawaiian Hall will undoubtedly be an inspiration to all who visit. For updates on the reopening weekend schedule of events or for more information please visit www.bishopmuseum.org or call 847-3511.