Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

Parking at Bishop Museum

When you park your car at Bishop Museum, you are providing vital support for the Museum’s collections, research, and educational programs and exhibits.

Parking Fees

Why is there a fee to park at Bishop Museum?
Parking fees have been implemented to secure additional funds to support the Museum’s continued forward momentum as a gathering place and educational center for our community. Proceeds from paid parking are directly applied to ensuring the best possible care of our community’s Hawaiian and Pacific collections, and also the educational exhibits and programs that tell their stories.

How much is the parking fee?
Parking is $5 per car per visit.
There is a reduced rate of $3 for evening hours.
$5 Daytime Rate:  6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$3 Evening Rate:   5:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
Evening and special events rates may apply. No overnight parking privileges.
Failure to pay for parking will result in a $5 parking owed notice, payable to Diamond Parking.

Member Parking

I’m a member. Do I have to pay for parking?
No.  Members will enjoy free parking as a benefit of Bishop Museum membership.

How do I obtain my member parking pass?
A temporary member parking pass will be mailed to your home address in mid-October. Please write your license plate number on the front of the postcard and place it on the dash of your vehicle to enjoy free member parking. The temporary pass is valid through December 31, 2015.

Then, in December 2015, members will receive a parking sticker via mail that expires the same month as your membership expires. This sticker must be placed on your vehicle to receive free parking. Following that, you’ll receive a new parking sticker each year when you renew your membership support.

What if I forgot my parking pass?
If you have forgotten or have not received your member parking pass, please see a staff member in the Ticket Booth for assistance, and you will be issued a temporary dash pass for your visit. If you did not receive your parking pass by mail, our Ticket Booth staff will notify the Membership Office and a new parking pass will be mailed to your home address in 7-10 days.

There will be one such exception per membership, following which members will need to display their member parking pass while on campus to enjoy the free member parking benefit.

I’m a member and have some concerns about this new pay to park policy.  Who do I call?
Members are always welcome to contact the Membership Office with any questions or concerns regarding member parking. Please call 808.847.8296 or email membership@bishopmuseum.org.

How much is the fine?
Failure to comply with the Museum paid parking system will result in a $5 parking owed notice and your license plate will be on record with Diamond Parking as having an outstanding parking balance at Bishop Museum.

I lost my member parking pass – how can I replace it?
Please report your lost or stolen member parking pass to the Membership Office at 808.847.8296 or membership@bishopmuseum.org.

I’m a member and have multiple vehicles that I use to visit the museum.  Can I obtain more than one parking sticker?
Bishop Museum will issue a maximum of two member parking stickers per membership to accommodate multicar households.
Members at the Dual/Family level and above  will receive two parking stickers by mail in mid-November. These parking stickers are non-transferrable.
The Museum is not responsible for lost or stolen member parking passes.
There is a $5 fee to replace lost or stolen member parking passes.

My member parking pass has been lost/stolen. How do I obtain a replacement?
Please contact Diamond Parking at 808.592.7275 to replace your parking pass.

What if I’m just here for a meeting/dropping something/someone off?
There are a limited number of 15 minute parking stalls available for member use. There are located to the left of the main building and are first come, first served. The parking lot is monitored closely by parking staff throughout the day and infractions will be fined.

I’m an ASTC member, can I park for free?
No.  ASTC members from other organizations are not eligible for free parking at Bishop Museum.

If I am at your box office and would like to purchase a membership, can I apply that day’s parking fee as a new member?
Unfortunately, parking fees cannot be applied toward the cost of membership (we are unable to verify your parking purchase from the ticket booth). You can, however, apply the cost of your Museum admission toward the purchase of a membership and enjoy free parking as a member on your next visit to Bishop Museum.

Visitor Parking

Is there a charge for handicap vehicles?
Bishop Museum has designated convenient parking for its handicapped guests. Vehicles parked in a blue handicap space and displaying a blue handicap placard will not be charged for parking.

Is there a charge for motorcycles and scooters?
Yes, the $5 parking fee applies to all vehicles parked in a nonhandicap Museum stalls.

I’m handicapped. Where should I park?
Please park in the designated handicapped stalls.

I’m an employee / I’m a volunteer and use a handicapped placard.  Do I have to park in the designated employee lot?
No.  Volunteers and staff with handicap placards in their vehicles are exempt from parking in designated employee area.  They can park in designated handicap parking stalls or close to the entrance as possible.

Is there a kama‘āina discount on parking?
The parking fee is $5 per car, per visit. There is no kama‘āina discount.

If I am a kama’āina but not a member, can I purchase an annual parking pass?
Absolutely. Simply become a Bishop Museum member at the level of your choosing and you will receive a member parking pass as a benefit of Bishop Museum membership.

What if I am just visiting the gift shop to purchase something and will only be 15 minutes?
There are a limited number of 15 minute parking stalls available for member use. They are located to the left of the main building and are first come, first served. The parking lot is monitored closely by parking staff throughout the day and infractions will be fined.

I am just going to the Café, do I have to pay for parking?
Yes.  Parking is $5 per car per visit.

If I am just getting take out from the Café, do I have to pay for parking?
There are a limited number of 15 minute parking stalls available for use and based on a first-come first-served basis.

I have a question or concern, who should I speak to?
For Diamond Parking, please call 808.592.7275.
For Bishop Museum Visitor Experience, please call 808.847.3511.

If your parking lot is full, can I park on the street without getting towed?
Bishop Museum is not responsible for the activities of vehicles parked off campus and we recommend that you follow all posted parking signs and restrictions when parking on city streets.

Your machine doesn’t work, who do I speak to?
Please contact Diamond Parking at 808.592.7275.  The contact number is also noted on the machine itself.

Your machine took my money but didn’t give me a ticket, who do I speak to?
Please contact Diamond Parking at 808.592.7275.

I got a ticket a while ago because I didn’t pay for parking and lost my Diamond Parking envelope. What is their address or phone number?
Please contact Diamond Parking at 808.592.7275.

I drive an electric vehicle. Do I need to pay for parking?
Bishop Museum has four electric vehicle charging stations located in the second parking area, near the Pākī and Atherton buildings. These stall are restricted to electric vehicles only and are available on a first come, first served basis. Electric vehicles parked in the charging stations do not need to pay the $5 parking fee, but electric vehicles parked in regular stalls do need to pay the $5 parking fee.

My car is a hybrid vehicle. Can I pay half?
Bishop Museum commends your commitment to energy efficiency and the protection of our delicate environmental balance however, the parking fee for hybrid vehicles is also $5 per car per visit.

Special Events Parking

Is there a parking fee on community festival days like Family Sundays, Science Alive, YMCA Kid’s Fest, and the HECO Grow Hawaiian Festival?
Unless otherwise posted, standard parking rates will apply. Parking is $5 per car per visit.

Is there a parking fee to attend the Museum’s evening programs, including Traditions of the Pacific and Stars and Guitars?
If you are attending an evening Museum event and are parking your vehicle in the lot after 5:00 p.m., the parking fee will be $3 unless otherwise posted. Vehicles that park prior to 5:00 p.m. will be charged the regular $5 parking fee.
$5 Daytime Rate:  6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
$3 Evening Rate:   5:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

I’m part of a facility rental event that will take place at Bishop Museum. Do I need to pay for parking?
Parking fees vary by facility rental contract. Please contact your event coordinator for specifics regarding your event or contact our Facility Rentals Department at 808.847.8236.

I’m a teacher/chaperone/homeschool parent for a school visit/sleepover to the Museum. Do I need to pay for parking?
Yes, if your car is parked in the Bishop Museum lot, you will need be pay the $5 parking fee.

My child is in the Kama‘āina Kids program – do I need to pay for parking during drop off and pick up?
There will designated loading zones for Kama‘āina Kids families during drop off and pick up hours. Please follow the posted instructions.

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