J. Watumull Planetarium

Hawaiʻi’s Gateway to the Stars

Bishop Museum’s Planetarium shows are a must-see for all Museum visitors! Immerse yourself in the night sky, travel from Hawai‘i to Tahiti by the stars, and more. Tickets may be purchased at the Admission Desk, or you may purchase your tickets online today if you know when you plan to visit!

  • 10:00 am

In My Backyard – Planetarium

(25 min — Tickets $2.95)

A tour of the night sky with cartoons and song. Recommended for ages 8 years old and younger, and any adults in tow.

AVAILABLE WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS.

  • 11:00 am

Moons: Worlds of Mystery – Planetarium

(25 min — Tickets $2.95)

This program immerses you in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system. Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Journey to the outer planets and their moons, and return home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate solar system in which we all live. This show was produced by the staff of the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Museum of Science, Boston, with distribution by Loch Ness Productions.

Support for this show was provided, in part, by the 2018-2019 City and County of Honolulu Grants in Aid fund.

AVAILABLE DAILY

  • 11:30 am

Presented by

Wayfinders – Planetarium

(25 min — Tickets $2.95)

This fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your own way to Tahiti from Hawaiʻi. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories. The shorter version of our signature show.

AVAILABLE DAILY

  • 12:00 pm

The Hawaiian Sky Tonight – Planetarium

(25 min — Tickets $2.95)

In this live program you’ll explore the current evening sky in Hawai’i under the guidance of one of our planetarium presenters, enhanced with our new fulldome Digistar 4 system. You’ll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight’s constellations and planets.

AVAILABLE DAILY

  • 1:30 pm

Presented by

Wayfinders – Planetarium

(50 min — Tickets $2.95)

This fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your own way to Tahiti from Hawaiʻi. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories. The longer version of our signature show.

AVAILABLE DAILY

  • 3:00 pm

The Hawaiian Sky Tonight – Planetarium

(25 min — Tickets $2.95)

In this live program you’ll explore the current evening sky in Hawai’i under the guidance of one of our planetarium presenters, enhanced with our new fulldome Digistar 4 system. You’ll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight’s constellations and planets.

AVAILABLE DAILY

  • June 1, 2019 (Saturday)

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The Stars Tonight – Evening Planetarium Show

(60 min — Tickets $10.00)

Explore the night sky in our planetarium and through our observatory telescope! The Stars Tonight shows once per month, on the first Saturday of each month. For adults 21 and older with valid ID, come early at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to mingle and taste a selection of Ola Brew beer with wine options prior to the show starting at 8 p.m. Stay for stargazing through our observatory telescope after the show and find the objects discussed in the presentation.

  • May 15, 2019

Navigating by the Stars – Iwikuamo‘o

(60 min — General adult: $10, members receive 10% off)

At Bishop Museum, we believe in exploring the world around us and in the importance of sharing knowledge. Join Bishop Museum Planetarium educators and Polynesian Voyaging Society navigators as the stars are projected on Bishop Museum’s 30-foot Planetarium dome and listen as Hōkūleʻa navigator and Honolulu Community College Hoʻokele Instructor Ka‘iulani Murphy shares how voyaging navigators use the stars to navigate. Each talk will include an introduction to the night sky and will feature the Hawaiian star line most prominent that month. To help remember the pattern of stars in the sky, it is organized into four star lines, each taking up about a fourth of the celestial sphere.

Following each talk, weather permitting, you will be invited to the Bishop Museum viewing deck to find the stars in the actual night sky that were discussed earlier in the program.

Stars Tonight

NASA’s Earth Observing Mission

Experience NASA's satellites, in our newest exhibition, at the J. Watumull Planetarium!

There is an additional $2.95 fee per person for each daytime Planetarium show.

Bishop Museum members continue to enjoy FREE admission to the daily Planetarium shows; members who wish to attend a Planetarium show just need to pick up a Planetarium show ticket first at the Admission Desk.

Tickets are for a specific show and are available onsite from 9 a.m. on the day of the show.

NOTE for ASTC Passport Program members, Planetarium admission is not an included benefit.

About the Planetarium

Come experience our Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium. Our Chronos II star machine provides one of the most vivid, realistic recreations of the night sky available today, with 8,500 pinpoint stars and realistic, bright planets. Our Digistar full dome video system covers the entire dome in immersive video, allowing us to fly through the rings of Saturn or into the depths of the Orion nebula. The late 2012 renovations also include a seamless interior dome, a 5.1 sound system and LED lighting system.

Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium was the first planetarium in Polynesia. Originally called the Kilolani Planetarium, the Watumull Planetarium has served over six million visitors and students since it opened its doors on December 11, 1961. The planetarium has 70 seats and serves 70,000 people a year. The planetarium focuses on programs about Hawai‘i; a hallmark of its programs is the blending of live and prerecorded elements within each program.

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