Fall in Love with Science 2017-06-05T12:01:48+00:00

Bishop Museum is hosting a day of family-friendly science and environmental activities.  Reduced Admission is $5 all day for kama‛āina and military with valid ID.

Bishop Museum’s researchers and staff from the various Natural Science departments along with local scientific and environmental partner organizations will inspire keiki through the biography of Hawaiʻi, the importance of native species, and engage and explore the biodiversity of the Hawaiʻi Island chain.

Collection managers from Bishop Museum’s Botany, Entomology, Malacology, Ichthyology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Archaeology will answer questions and engage families with their collections, hands-on activities, and field research.

Fall in Love with Science is a unique call to action to create excitement where STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities are front and center at this family-friendly interactive event.

Explore other activities such as:

Be a Scientist!

  • Build DNA and learn how it works
  • Read the weather through clouds
  • Sort through archaeological artifacts
  • Do scientific field research

Learn about Animals

  • Recognize native and invasive species around us
  • See the evolutions of a fish species
  • ‘Be a Bee’ and collect pollen
  • See Coconut Rhinoceros larvae

Appreciate Our World

  • View endangered Hawaiian forest birds
  • Support Natural Watershed resources
  • Be awed by the vastness of Earth, the Milky Way, and outer space with Planetarium shows
  • See a molten lava demonstration


Fall in Love with Science Programs & Tours

Falling in Love with the Stars (25 min)

J. Watumull Planetarium

9:30 am / 10:00 am / 10:30 am / 11:00 am / 11:30 am / 12:00 noon / 12:30 pm / 1:00 pm / 1:30 pm / 2:00 pm / 2:30 pm / 3:00 pm / 3:30 pm / 4:00 pm / 4:30 pm

Hear the story of Bishop Museum’s planetarium, from its 1961 opening to its recent renovation. Then, experience how our planetarium helps explore the heavens, from celestial navigation to a flight deep into the galaxy. All ages.

Science on a Sphere Presentations  

J. Watumull Planetarium Lobby

-9:30 am Hurricanes in the Central Pacific (25 min)

Charlie Woodrum, Regional Operational Services Meteorologist, NOAA’s National Weather Service

-10:30 am Coral: Life’s a Bleach and Then You Die (25 min)

Paulo Maurin, Ph.D., Hawaiʻi Management Liaison, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

-11:30 am Threading the Eye: Flying into Hurricanes (25 min)

Capt. Barry Choy, NOAA Liaison to the US Pacific Command

-12:30 pm Tsunami Warning! (25 min)

Nathan Becker, PhD, Oceanographer, NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

-1:30 pm Saving Monk Seals: The Science and Conservation of Hawai‘i’s Seal (25 min)

Charles Littnan, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program at NOAA Fisheries


Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures (45 min)

Atherton Hālau

10:30 am / 12:00 noon / 2:00 pm

Follow ocean legend Sylvia Earle, renowned National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry, writer Max Kennedy, and their crew of teenage aquanauts on a year-long quest to establish Blue Parks across an unseen American Wilderness. A film by National Geographic. Dr. Richard Pyle will be introducing the documentary.


Meet Hawaiʻi’s Scientists

Hear Hawai‘i’s own local scientists talk about what they love.

Flanders Lawn

10:00 am Bonkers for Bugs!

Conserving our native insects with help from the state (25 min)

Cynthia King, MS, Entomologist

-11:00 am Ocean Commotion!

Amazing fish discoveries in the Twilight Zone (25 min)

Richard Pyle, Ph.D., Ichthyologist, Bishop Museum

-12:00 noon Dig it!

Digging in the dirt can open windows into our human history (25 min)

Mara Mulrooney, Ph.D., Archaeologist, Bishop Museum

-1:00 pm Slithers and Skitters!

Interesting reptiles and amphibians from Papua New Guinea (25 min)

Allen Allison, Ph.D., Herpetologist, Bishop Museum

-2:00 pm Slime Time!

Rediscovering our extinct Hawaiian land snails (25 min)

Norine Yeung, Ph.D., Malacologist, Bishop Museum


Story Time (25 min)

Hale ʻIkehu (located in the Native Hawaiian Garden)

10:00 am / 11:00 am / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm

Join us for a short story about our natural world read aloud by a Museum docent.


Keiki Lava Show (25 min)

Hot Spot Theater (Located in SAC Basement) 

12:00 Noon / 2:30 pm


Nā Mea Makamae a Kāhiko, Treasures of the Past Guided Tours (25 min)

Hawaiian Hall

10:00 am / 11:00 am / 1:00 pm / 3:00 pm

Learn about the culture and history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Meet on the front steps of Hawaiian Hall.


Bishop Museum Press Book Sale


30% off select titles, event day only, in the Atrium



Bishop Museum Café

Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Hawaiian plates, poke bowls, sandwiches, and snacks; located near the Museum entrance. Bishop Museum members enjoy a 10% discount when they show their membership card.

Great Lawn

Sweet Revenge – pot pies & sweets

Kona Ice – Shave Ice

Paul’s Poppers –variety of food wrapped in fried wonton


Family Quiet Space

Pākī 1

Escape the crowds and noise of the festival in this quiet, out of the way space. Perfect for keiki and parents who need a break from all the excitement.


Special ‘Sea of Hope’ documentary viewing-Featured throughout the day at 10 am, 12noon, and 2 pm in Atherton Halau


Bishop Museum researcher Dr. Richard L. Pyle is featured in the new National Geographic documentary ‘Sea of Hope’.  The film follows legendary ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle and National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry with a team of young “Aquanauts” to document the importance of marine protected areas, including the recent Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The film shows how Museum scientists like Dr. Pyle helped to build the case to President Obama to expand the monument.

Pyle’s son Owen is also one of the featured young Aquanauts in the film.  Both Richard and Owen both flew up to Midway Atoll the day before President Obama’s visit, and had a chance to go snorkeling with Dr. Earle and Mr. Skerry, as well as being interviewed for the film.  The visit to Midway was particularly special because Owen was the fourth generation in his family to visit the Monument.  His great grandfather Dr. Ed Bryan, who worked at Bishop Museum for 66 years, was among the first naturalists to explore the islands during the Tanager expedition in the 1920’s, and Owen’s Grandparents Robert and Leilani Pyle (both of whom worked at the Museum for several decades) and father (Richard) have participated in many expeditions to the remote islands.

Dr. Pyle will also be on hand to answer questions from visitors.

Mahalo to our Community Partner Organizations who will be on hand with amazing activities!

• Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response
• Conservation Council for Hawai‘i
• DLNR, Division of Aquatic Resources
• DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
• DLNR, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Invertebrate Program
• Hawaii Wildlife Center
• Honolulu Zoo Society
• Kōkua Worms
• Ko‘olau Mountains Watershed Partnership
• Laurie Sumiye, Artist
• Livable Hawaii Kai Hui
• Nature, Art & the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
• National Institute of Standards and Technology
• NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
• NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
• NOAA National Weather Service
• NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
• O‘ahu Army Natural Resource Program
• O‘ahu Invasive Species Committee
• Oikonos – Ecosystem Knowledge
• UH CTAHR Biotechnology Outreach Program
• UH CTAHR Department. of Plant and Environmental Protection
• UH CTAHR Entomology Club – Ka Mea Kolo
• UH Department of Biology
• UH Hawaiian Institute of Marine Biology
• UH Institute for Astronomy
• UH Sea Grant & Department of Geology and Geophysics
• Waikiki Aquarium
• Wear on Earth
• US Fish & Wildlife Office of Law Enforcement

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Sue’s Jaws: Sue’s bite was one of the strongest on Earth. She bit down with a force of 12,500 lbs © The Field Museum, GEO86283_2c

Be the first to get a sneak peek at the star of the upcoming Bishop Museum exhibit, The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, Sue, the world’s largest and most complete life-size T. rex replica!

Listen to “Fall in Love with Science – Bytemarks Cafe” on Spreaker.

Science Educator Hadley Andersen shared news of our upcoming #FallInLoveWithScience event with Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa of Bytemarks Cafe! Push the yellow ‘Play’ button in the top left corner of the image to listen!