The J. Watumull Planetarium

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Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium

Come experience our Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium, renovated in December 2012! Our ChronosII 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.

Planetarium Schedule (February 15 through April 20, 2014):

Please note: we will not offer our regular planetarium schedule on the following two days:
Saturday April 5 2014 (“Grow Hawaiian” Day)
Saturday April 12 2014 (YMCA Healthy Kids Day)

Instead, in order to accommodate as many planetarium visitors as possible on these two busy days, April 5 and April 12, we will offer this schedule:

Planetarium Fun Show every half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (No show at 12:30 or 1 p.m.) 

11:00 a.m. In My Backyard

Explore the moon, planets and stars using music and the resources of our fully-renovated planetarium. Great for children ages 3 – 8, and everyone else with them! Sponsored by the Samuel M. & Mary Castle Foundation. 25 minutes.

11:30 am & 3:30 p.m. The Sky Tonight.

A live tour of Hawaii’s sky, enhanced with our ChronosII star machine and full dome Digistar video. 25 min.

1:30 Wayfinders: Waves, Wind and Stars NEW!

This brand-new, immersive full dome program was produced by Bishop Museum in partnership with 1001 Stories and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS). Filmed in the Hawaiian Islands, largely on board the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a, Wayfinders tells a story of cultural rediscovery as we explore Polynesian navigation from the foundation of PVS to the upcoming worldwide sail of Hōkūlea. Immersive full-dome sections alternate with live, interactive sections in which we’ll explore the basics of Polynesian navigation and sail from Hawai‘i to Tahiti by the stars. 45 minutes.

2:30 - The Fun Show

Our planetarium presenters like to have fun and show off their cool equipment. Come check out our new projection system and star machine with a test drive through space. 25 minutes

Please note:

Evening planetarium programs:

More Resources

Interested in learning about the night skies of Hawai‘i? If you can't visit us in person use some of the materials organized here to explore the stars, planets, and more.

Star maps of the Hawaiian sky for each month and the sunrise and sunset times for the Hawaiian Islands are also available on the right hand column.

About the Planetarium

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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