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Annual Fund

Make a donation to Bishop Museum’s 2022 Annual Fund between Nov. 15, 2022 and Jan. 15, 2023, and receive two original Bishop Museum postcards, each featuring a photo from our Library and Archives collection.  

You can receive your free gift two ways:

  1. Mail your gift by check to Bishop Museum Development at 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu HI 96817 and indicate “2022 Annual Fund”

  2. Donate by credit card at the button above or here. Designate your gift to the 2022 Annual Fund in the comments or through the drop-down menu.

  3. Donate by credit card over the phone at 808.848.4184 and indicate “2022 Annual Fund”
Detail of a 19th century lei hulu (feather lei), Bishop Museum Ethnology Collection, Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Collection. Photo by Hal Lum and Masayo Suzuki, Bishop Museum Archives. Q 207634.
Deep Blue Damselfish (Chromis abyssus), discovered and named by Bishop Museum researchers from coral reefs in Palau. Phot by Brian D. Greene, Bishop Museum Ichthyology Collection.
Two boys sitting in Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall, ca. 1935. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 18529.
Interior of Kilolani - Hawai'i's Planetarium and Observatory, (now Jhamandas Wautmull Planetarium), ca. 1970. Photo by P. Gilpin, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 73003.
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Read on for the story behind the images and learn more about our Digital Futures Initiative—the foundation of our goal to digitize all 25 million objects in our collection.

Each of the images featured on your free gift represents a special story that demonstrates the breadth and impact of Bishop Museum’s work and mission. We aim to inspire our community and visitors through exploration and celebration of the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

See the impact your donation can make and learn more about the images on your free gift.

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Please consider donating today to the Museum’s 2022 Annual Fund. Your giving supports the perpetuation of Hawaiian and Pacific culture and history. - MT

Mahalo for your support of the work we do at Bishop Museum. If you are new to our ‘ohana, welina or welcome, and if you have been with us for years, mahalo for your commitment. We appreciate you. You have helped us to inspire our community and visitors through the exploration, celebration, and perpetuation of the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

Bishop Museum is uniquely qualified to understand this region’s role in sustaining natural environments and cultural resilience. We hold more than half the world’s primary source materials related to Hawai‘i and the Pacific, encompassing its vast and varied history and biodiversity. Because of this, our collection is one of the most important resources for examining the past, understanding the present, and anticipating the future.

The 25 million items in our collections include cultural articles, archaeological materials, historical photographs, works of art, audio recordings, books, manuscripts, and biological specimens; these collections are part of a system of documenting, stabilizing, reinvigorating, and growing knowledge and cultural identity. However, fewer than 5% of these items are currently available to view online, making most of them inaccessible to the public.

We recognize the urgent need to improve the accessibility of our collections now, for our community today, and for future generations. This is why one of our top priorities is the transformative Digital Futures Initiative: an effort to centralize our digital infrastructure, systems, and analysis platforms for public access.

This initiative will provide the foundation for our goal of digitizing all of the objects in our collection. Preserving them now ensures access for individuals, researchers, and cultural practitioners from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and across the world.

Please join me in making a gift today that goes towards supporting efforts like the Digital Futures Initiative, as well as supports our ongoing stewardship of our collections and educational and interpretive programming.

Make your gift today and include “2022 Annual Fund.” As a mahalo for your support, you’ll receive two original postcards.

When we leverage our combined resources, we are all a part of the ongoing development of strategies that are rooted in the unique and indigenous knowledge and history of this place, and that prepare us for contemporary issues in the coming decades.


Melissa Tulig, Director of Informatics, Bishop Museum

Image: Brian D. Greene secures Chromis abyssus. Photo: Michael Pitts.

Image: Brian D. Greene (front) and Dr. Richard Pyle (back) edit dive footage.

Image: Sarah Kuaiwa and Kayla Annen care for Ethnology’s collection of Hawaiian featherwork.

Be a Part of Our Story

Celebrate the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific with a gift to Bishop Museum. As a partner in the Museum’s work, you can help to sustain vital collections, research, and knowledge, and inspire exploration and discovery with a tax-deductible donation.





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