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GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World

May 10 - September 1, 2014

Visitors will experience 5,000 square-feet of the science, sound, history, and cultural impact of the guitar through both historical artifacts and engaging, hands-on displays. The exhibit features more than 60 musical instruments that range from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative; from the viheula of 17th century Spain to the electric Fender Stratocaster, and to the guitar as re-imagined in the Guitar Hero video game.

The exhibit also includes ancestors of the guitar, from the Persian tanbur to the Renaissance lute, and from the banjo to Hawaii's beloved 'ukulele. The exhibit also addresses the 'science of the guitar' through interactive displays that explore how guitars and amplifiers produce sound, examining for example the ways in which the density of wood shapes the sound of music. The exhibit even features what is officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's biggest playable guitar, over 40 feet long and 16 feet wide.

MAMo 2014: He Kumu Kukui

May 2 - July 21

Now in its ninth year, the MAMo Awards is a pivotal aspect of Maoli Arts Month, a community-based effort to celebrate the depth, breadth and diversity of the Native Hawaiian visual arts community. Co-sponsored by Bishop Museum and PA'I Foundation, these awards recognize those within our midst who have dedicated their lives to the creation of work which honors the beauty and enduring artistry of the Hawaiian people.


Tradition and Transition: Stories of Hawai‘i Immigrants

Fall 2011 - Summer 2015

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 immigrants in Hawai‘i.


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 - Opening Fall 2013

Pacific hall is a gallery of two floors representing the peoples of Pacific cultures across Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.

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.

Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center

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.


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