Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian objects and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of objects, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.
Mr. Bishop built the magnificent Polynesian and Hawaiian Halls on the grounds of the original Kamehameha Schools for Boys. The Museum and School shared the Kapālama campus until 1940 when a new larger school complex was opened nearby on Kapālama Heights.
Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.
Mission: Bishop Museum inspires our community and visitors through the exploration and celebration of the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.
Board of Directors
|Watters O. Martin, Jr. [Chairman] |
President, Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation
|Anton C. Krucky [1st Vice Chairman]|
President & General Manager, Tissue Genesis
|William C.A. Pieper II [2nd Vice Chairman]|
Vice President, Barclay’s US
Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Hawaii Community Foundation
|Danny Akaka, Jr.|
Director of Cultural Affairs, Mauna Lani Resort
|Linda Lee Kuuleilani (Cissy) Farm|
Interim President and CEO
|Allison Holt Gendreau|
Community Leader & Philanthropist
|Terrence R. George|
President & Chief Executive Officer, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation
‘Ulu‘ulu Archive, UH West O‘ahu
|Timothy E. Johns |
Chief Consumer Officer, Consumer Strategy Division, Hawaii Medical Service Association
|Dr. Patrick V. Kirch|
Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus and Professor of the Graduate School for the UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology
Chief Executive Officer of Communications Pacific
|Kapiolani K. Marignoli |
President, A & B Properties
Executive Director, Hawaii Government Employees Association
Founding partner of Pitluck, Kido & Aipa, LLP
Vice Chairman, Consumer Banking Group, Bank of Hawai‘i
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company
CPA and Audits Managing Director with Deloitte and Touche LLP
|Paul Turnbull, PhD|
President, Mid Pacific Institute
President, Hanalei Commercial Inc.