Event Planning

Bishop Museum will assist you in creating innovative and exciting meetings and events. Whether you are hosting a board meeting for 10 or a product launch for 1,000, we will work with you to inspire your guests and create a unique experience they won’t forget! Be sure to see our Meeting Enhancements to find out how you can energize your next meeting.

Compliment your meeting with an impressive reception or dinner. Bishop Museum provides evening event spaces that will dazzle your guests!

Venue Special Events Capacities

Venue Banquet Reception Classroom Theater Conference
The Great Lawn 1,000 1,000 500 6,000 500
Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center 300 500 200 500 300
Amy Greenwell Garden 300 400 200 500 300
Hawaiian Garden 200 250 N/A 300 200
Gallery Lawns 200 300 125 120 100
Atherton Hālau & Hale Wa’a 120 250 120 300 200
Atrium Courtyard 100 100 50 150 25
Muriel Flanders Lawn 100 200 120 300 250
Planetarium (fixed seating) N/A N/A N/A 70 N/A
Pākī Conference Center 25 30 25 45 30

*Event space is determined by the number of guests attending the event and the amount of time needed including set-up and break-down. All pricing is based on the customer’s specific needs.

Event Enhancements

Behind the Scenes Tours
With collections large enough to rival the biggest museums in the world, Bishop Museum is a fascinating place to learn more about Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural history. Most people never see the extent of our collections, but with a Behind the Scenes Tour you and your guests will not only have a rare glimpse into Hawai‘i’s history, but you will have the opportunity to see and learn about some of the amazing artifacts in our collections that are not on public display.

Docents
Docents are Museum staff who undergo extensive training and are very knowledgeable about one or more aspects of the Museum’s permanent exhibits. They can give tours, answer questions, and provide interesting facts. We highly recommend docents as a way of providing an enlightening experience for your guests.

Traveling Exhibits
Bishop Museum hosts three to four traveling exhibits each year. Event clients have the opportunity to offer their guests a unique, private viewing of these exhibits during their event based on availability and with an additional fee. Click here to find out more about Bishop Museum’s current traveling exhibits.

Shop Pacifica Gift Shops
Unique souvenirs to remind your guests of your amazing event are available through our gift shops. Let our Ho‘okipa Ambassadors help you find a gift that will leave a lasting impression. Orders should be placed at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Quantity discounts are available for Special Event clients only.

General Policies & Procedures

All Facility Rentals Include:

Optional Additional Charges:

Bishop Museum Policies

For further questions, or to meet with a coordinator to create a custom package, please call Visitor Services at (808) 848-4106 or 808.848.4106.    Email events@bishopmuseum.org

 

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The Great Lawn

The sky is the limit in planning a banquet for 400 or up to 4,000! This three-acre great lawn features a sweeping view of Downtown Honolulu as well as our majestic Hawaiian Hall. Nearby restrooms (only) in the Science Adventure Center is available for use during the event.

Great Lawn

Includes:

MAX CAPACITY: 4,000

Up to 800 pax $1,500

801 pax plus $2,500

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to reserve the facility.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

The Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center

Our newest addition to the Bishop Museum features element walls, walk-through lava tubes, wave tanks, collected specimens, and an erupting volcano. This interactive exhibit is perfect for large cocktail receptions with tables and chairs provided. Theatrical lighting adds magic to the evening; you must see it to believe it! The Great Lawn is also included to add more in-depth dimension to your one of a kind event.

MAX CAPACITY: 4,000

$4,000

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to reserve the facility.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
(Captain Cook, Hawai‘i Island)

Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden

Located on the slopes of South Kona, the Garden is home to over 275 rare and unique species of plants.

Enjoy your special event in this relaxing, open-air setting where your guests may wander the Garden’s leafy paths and walk among ancient Hawaiian stone features. The Garden can accommodate events for up to 300.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

Hawaiian Courtyard & Hawaiian Hall Complex

Atrium and Hawaiian Garden

Our newest rental location offers a beautiful and intimate site for entertaining guests. From elegant sit-down dinners, to a stylish and chic cocktail reception, this location is sure to impress. This breathtaking location offers your guest access to the newly restored Hawaiian Hall, Polynesian Hall, the Long Gallery, the Kahili Gallery, and the Picture Gallery.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

MAX CAPACITY: 200

$4,000

$2,700 Courtyard & Atruim only

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $500.00 is required to reserve the facility.

Hale Ikehu

Hale Ikehu

Originally built as an “open” energy house by HECO, Hale Ikehu is set aside in a quiet, secluded garden setting. This is a great place to celebrate your more personal occasions, such as baby showers and birthdays. This great outdoor lanai is available from 7am-2pm or 3pm-10pm, daily (set up and breakdown time included) 5 tables and 50 chairs included.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

MAX CAPACITY: 50

$500

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $200.00 is required to reserve the facility.

Campus Event

You can celebrate your special event with all the trimmings under the magical moonlight here at the Bishop Museum. Our signature Great Lawn will showcase your entertainment and our ever popular Atherton Halau may serve as your headquarter and programming facilities.

Everyone will be able to discover the hidden treasures of Hawaii’s yesteryears, present and future through out the galleries; our interactive Richard Mamiya Science Adventure Center, Castle Memorial Building exhibit halls, our showcase Hawaiian Hall, Polynesian Hall, The Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kahili Room, the Charles M. Long Gallery, and the mystery of our universe in the limited presentations at the Planetarium. Plan to be amazed at how unique your experience will become as part of our Hawaiian legacy.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

$15,000

*An additional refundable deposit of $1000.00 is required to reserve the facility.

Pākī Conference Rooms I & II

Pākī Conference Rooms

These private, air-conditioned conference rooms with limited tables and chairs will allow for a theatre style set up to accommodate up to 45 guests, a hollow square setup for 30 guests, and a classroom set up for 20 participants. 

The Pākī Rooms will easily lend itself for slide and overhead presentations for an additional fee for your next meeting. 

Both rooms are conveniently located just steps away from the parking lot.

MAX CAPACITY: 45

$75/hr (Minimum 3 hours or $400/day)

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve the facility.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

Pākī Conference Room III

Pākī Conference Room III

This private, air-conditioned conference room easily lends itself for slide and overhead presentations for an additional fee for your next meeting. All three rooms are for meetings only

The Pākī Rooms will easily lend itself for slide and overhead presentations for an additional fee for your next meeting. 

Both rooms are conveniently located just steps away from the parking lot.

MAX CAPACITY: 10

$75/hr (Minimum 3 hours or $300/day)

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve the facility.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

Muriel Flanders Lawn
(Ceremony Only)

Muriel Flanders Lawn

This beautiful lawn area fronts our Castle Memorial Building and historic Bishop Hall. It is an exceptional place to host a wedding surrounded by some of the beauties of Hawaii . . . our tropical flowers and gardens.

Includes 50 White Chairs

$500

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve the facility.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.

Atherton Hālau & The Hale Wa‘a

Atherton Hālau & The Hale Wa‘a

Our most popular rental facility, the open air Atherton Halau can be utilized for meetings, dinners, and receptions. An adjacent private landscaped area, terraced lanai and A-framed structure (Hale Wa’a – Canoe House) is included for additional seating and planned activities. Events can be held from 7am-2pm or 3pm-10pm (client set up and breakdown time included). This dual facility is equipped with the following complimentary features:

MAX CAPACITY: 300

$1,250

Indoor seating capacity is 150 luau-style for a cocktail reception

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve the facility.

Gallery Lawns

Gallery Lawns

Prepare your guests for an exciting evening at the Bishop Museum by providing a delightful setting overlooking the city lights of downtown Honolulu. The majestic Hawaiian Hall and the lush tropical foliage bordering the Gallery Lawn, highlighted by a towering Pandanus tree, lend a distinctive Hawaiian-style to this very special lawn setting. It’s a perfect site for cocktail events hosting 30 to 300 persons.

Includes:

MAX CAPACITY: 300

$800

Members at the Benefactor level and above enjoy a 10% discount on facility rentals

*An additional refundable deposit of $300.00 is required to reserve the facility.

For more information and availability contact us at events@bishopmuseum.org.