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Annual Fund

You can donate to Bishop Museum’s Annual Fund year round, where we strive to collect unrestricted gifts that support our collections, staff, research, education, and programming when and where it is determined to be the greatest need and impact at any given time.

Mahalo for staying in touch with Bishop Museum. Will you consider confirming your support for our work and mission by making a donation towards our 2023 Annual Fund campaign?

Image: Cultural Resource Specialist Kamalu du Preez and Digital Humanities Specialist Emma Bornstein look at ‘ohe kāpala (bamboo stamps) from Bishop Museum’s Ethnology Collection.

Image: Imprint (top) and detail (bottom) of ʻohe kāpala. Bishop Museum Ethnology Collection. 2008.052.201. Top: Imprint by John J. Janos, Bishop Museum Archives. SP 220611. Bottom: Photo by David Franzen, Bishop Museum Archives. Q 217084.

A Message from Dee Jay Mailer, Bishop Museum President and CEO

Aloha friends of Bishop Museum,

We hope that you are enjoying the incredible journey we have embarked on together during my initial year as CEO. As we follow up on last year’s introduction to Bishop Museum’s Digital Futures Initiative, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous support. Your contributions have made a significant impact on our mission to celebrate and perpetuate the cultural and natural heritage of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Through your contributions, we’ve been able to:

  • Modernize our campus IT network and improve our cybersecurity;
  • Launch a new off-site data center to store and protect our digital assets;
  • Centralize our digital collections in an updated information management system;
  • Hire four new staff in our IT and Informatics departments to drive our digitization uptake and provide technical support for the Museum.

Today, we want to highlight a milestone in our transformative digitization initiative as well as the crucial role of our exceptional staff in stewarding and sharing the invaluable cultural and natural science collections that Bishop Museum holds.

This year, made possible by our Digital Futures Initiative, we launched Mau ka Leo, an online storytelling space featuring the incredible collections of Bishop Museum. Mau ka Leo records cultural and institutional knowledge held by our staff and communities. Our project team includes individuals trained to manage our technical infrastructure and to create new content through the digitization and interpretation of the items in our care — material culture, manuscripts, biological specimens, photographs, and more — ensuring their perpetuation and accessibility. To date, over 130 stories — featuring dozens of staff voices and hundreds of Hawaiian materials — can be found at, helping to preserve the collective voices of the Museum for future generations.

Our Mau ka Leo stories are just one more reminder that it is our dedicated and passionate staff, working with so many communities, that bring our vast collections alive for all to access and learn from. Our staff is the foundation of all that we are able to accomplish; we mahalo them and MAHALO YOU for your support.

To make a gift, click here or give our development team a call at 808-847-8281 to make a donation over the phone. Your support makes all the difference, and we are deeply grateful for your commitment to celebrating and perpetuating the cultural and natural heritage of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

With warmest aloha,

A black and white image of a handwritten signature.

Dee Jay Mailer
President and CEO
Bishop Museum

The Mau ka Leo project is one example of what your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund supports.

Image: Botany Research Specialist Miles Thomas and Digital Humanities Specialist Emma Bornstein look at a Hawaiian fern specimen from Bishop Museum’s Herbarium Pacificum.

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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