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Celebrate Science at Bishop Museum’s Hi-Sci Festival
Science-themed events occur all month in March, culminating in Discovery Day at Bishop Museum
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s annual celebration of all things science is back with the 2019 Hi-Sci Festival. The festival brings together scientists, students, artists, cultural practitioners and community organizations and features science-themed events throughout the month of March at the museum and beyond. From an evening planetarium program to researcher talks at a college bar to daily science engagements for keiki at Bishop Museum during spring break, the events will pique the interest of science novices and enthusiasts alike.
Hi-Sci Festival culminates in Discovery Day at Bishop Museum on Sunday, March 17. The event will feature reduced admission and engaging presentations and activities from Bishop Museum researchers and more than thirty partner organizations.
Discovery Day at Bishop Museum
Sunday, March 17, 2019 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Bishop Museum, Great Lawn
Kamaʻāina and military—$5 reduced admission. Bishop Museum members receive free admission with membership card. Children under 3 are free.
Bishop Museum and valued community partners will bring Hawai‘i’s rich biodiversity to life for all ages at Discovery Day. Attendees will view natural science collection items, learn about the environment and meet community partners who regularly work with the museum to study and protect Hawaiʻi’s diverse ecosystems. Bishop Museum’s botany department will have a plant observations activity in the Native Garden, the entomology team will showcase rarely seen insects from their collections, guests will learn about amazing fish discoveries from the mysterious ocean “twilight zone” and much more. The whole family can enjoy educational activities, researcher talks, Planetarium programs, story time and tours. Also, attendees will receive 20 percent off select Bishop Museum Press titles and a free copy of “Raven and the Sun” with each purchase, while supplies last. Visitors can recharge with Hawaiian food from Bishop Museum Café or vendors on the lawn; attendees are encouraged to avoid single-use plastics by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event. With reduced admission, visitors also get access to Planetarium shows and the museum’s latest exhibits. In “Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island” mounted in the Castle Memorial Building, visitors will encounter the wonders of Rapa Nui including the world-famous moai and ancient rongorongo script, which has eluded deciphering for decades. Contemporary artists from Rapa Nui are also featured in the adjoining gallery exhibit “Ka Uʻi: Contemporary Art from Rapa Nui.” In “Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images,” held in the J.M. Long Gallery, visitors are presented with kiʻi (images) from Bishop Museum’s collections exhibited along with works of contemporary indigenous artists.
Hi-Sci Festival Event Schedule
The Stars Tonight with the Institute for Astronomy
Saturday, March 2, 2019 | 8–9 p.m. | Bishop Museum, J. Watumull Planetarium
Admission—$10. Bishop Members receive a 10 percent discount.
Attendees will enjoy an intriguing view of the night sky, fly through the rings of Saturn or into the heart of the Orion Nebula in this spectacular planetarium show. Following the program, visitors will be able to find constellations and planets from the viewing deck or through the observatory telescope, weather permitting.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 7–9 p.m. | Anna O’Brien’s
Attendees can grab their favorite libation and “talk science” with some of Bishop Museum’s researchers and scientists, who will share their favorite area of study. Bishop Museum researchers Dr. Ken Longenecker, Dr. Norine Yeung and Dr. Kenneth Hayes will share interesting facts and stories about the perils of invertebrates, the drug trade and slimy things!
Spring Break Science Engagement Programs
Monday–Friday, March 18–22, 2019 (spring break) | 10:30–11:30 a.m. | Bishop Museum
Free with paid museum admission
Each day during spring break, Bishop Museum will offer a talk, a tour or an engaging opportunity for children to learn about museum research and collections. Keiki will be able to learn how a plant or animal is prepared for museum collections, participate in a tour in the native garden, take a close look at insects from across the Pacific and more.
Biocultural Restoration of an Ahupua‘a with Dr. Kawika Winter
Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Bishop Museum, Hawaiian Hall Atrium
Admission—$10. Bishop Museum members receive free admission with membership card.
Attendees will explore large-scale biocultural restoration and traditional resource management with Dr. Kawika Winter. Winter is the reserve manager at the He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, located within the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands. The reserve protects unique ecosystems including the He‘eia Stream, coral reefs, sand flats, an ancient Hawaiian fishpond, as well as traditional agricultural and heritage lands. It is home to the endangered Hawaiian stilt, moorhen, coot, duck and hoary bat. Winter will speak about the effect of a typically Western scientific approach compared with Native Hawaiian management practices.
As a leader in discovering, researching and protecting Pacific biodiversity, Bishop Museum is designated as the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Culture and Natural History, holding more than 22 million specimens, including the world’s premiere collections of plants and animals found in Hawaiʻi and the surrounding Pacific Basin. The Hi-Sci Festival is an opportunity to inspire future generations to be aware of Hawai‘i’s unique and fragile environment, conserve native species, practice sustainability, support ocean health and mālama ʻāina. For more information, visit https://www.bishopmuseum.org/Hi-Sci-Festival.
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