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
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 is a gallery of two floors representing the peoples of Pacific cultures across Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.
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.
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.
The Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame records for all time, with pictures and memorabilia, the outstanding accomplishments of Hawai‘i's sports history.