Culture Activities

Puakenikeni Lei

Make a Puakenikeni lei with us, in the kui style – it’s the most straightforward method practised by lei makers today!
Materials you will need 
Yarn, thick string, or ribbon 
Lei needle (or you can use a paper clip like we do in this video)
Puakenikeni blossoms
Don’t have the materials? Draw your own lei design!

Food & Hawaiian Culture

Food provides nourishment for our bodies, but it can also be used as a way to inspire creativity! This activity includes a selection of traditional Hawaiian foods and a separate sheet to make a personalized menu and sketch your own meal!

Hawaiian Food Menu

Take a look at our menu to view a handful of traditional Hawaiian dishes!

Hawaiian Food Menu

Create your own Hawaiian dish!

Fish of Hawai‘i Podcast

Play the audio files below as you click on each image to learn more.

He moʻolelo no Halaʻea, ke aliʻi anunu o Kaʻū, na Kapalikū M. i haʻi hou, na i hoʻolako ʻia ai i nā kani ʻē aʻe.

A story of Halaʻea, the greedy chief of Kaʻū, narrated by Kapalikū M., additional sounds provided by

Scheming Weasel (slower version) Kevin MacLeod (

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Plants of Hawai‘i

He keiki aloha nā mea kanu.

Plants in Hawai‘i can be separated into two main types: native and non-native. Native plants were introduced to the islands naturally, meaning they arrived in Hawai‘i via three processes: wind, wave and wing. Some seeds were light enough to be picked up and transported by wind currents. Plant parts that were buoyant, or could float, used wave currents that drift to the islands and wash up on shore. Birds carrying the seeds or berries in their system, or carrying seeds among their feathers, transport them as they arrive in the islands by flight.

Pōhaku (Rocks)

Pōhaku of Hawai‘i

Across the Pacific Ocean, islands are often composed of volcanic rock, providing the very foundation to support life on land in the midst of the largest ocean on the planet. Lava rock, often referred to in ʻŌlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) as pōhaku, is not only the core of our islands, but a core resource for many purposes in Hawaiian and Oceanic culture.

Earth Week

Earth Week Blog Posts

Earth Day is a day set aside to recognize the importance of taking care of our planet, or as we call it in Hawaiʻi, mālama hōnua (taking care of the earth).


Storytime Video and Activity: Kōlea and Chief's Cloak

“Kōlea and the Chief’s Cloak” by Alice Guild Narrated by Bishop Museum Education Staff Member, Kaʻehu.

Storytime Activity: “Kōlea and the Chief’s Cloak”
After book reading draw a kōlea and tag us on social @bishopmuseum! We want to see your art and how your doing! 

“Kōlea and the Chief’s Cloak” by Alice Guild is available for purchase at Bishop Museum Press.

Migration of the Kōlea Podcast​

Click the image and audio file to learn more.

Voyaging in the Pacific

Voyaging Podcast

Play the audio file below as you click on each image to learn more

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