Legacies 2017-06-05T12:03:51+00:00

For over a century, Bishop Museum has cared for the cultural and natural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his beloved wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the Museum’s founding collections contain the personal legacies and bequests of the royal Kamehameha and Kalakaua families. For more than one hundred years, Bishop Museum has served as the keeper of these extraordinary Hawaiian cultural treasures.

The Museum’s mission is to be a gathering place and educational center that actively engages people in the presentation, exploration, and preservation of Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural history, as well as its ancestral cultures throughout the Pacific. We depend upon the generosity of our friends and members—people like you—to continue this important work. Today, more than ever, there are many creative and flexible options for you to fulfill both yourcharitable and financial goals at the Bishop Museum. These gifts can be ones that the Museum can use immediately; others that will pay income back to you while benefiting the Museum, and still others that will take effect sometime in the future. We will be happy to assist in finding the right option for you.

Sample Bequest Language

Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed to leave a legacy for Bishop Museum. The official legal bequest language for Bishop Museum is: “I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Bishop Museum [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.

Bishop Museum’s Federal Tax ID No. 99 0161980

For more information on planned giving options at Bishop Museum, please visit
Bishop Museum’s Planned Giving Web Site by clicking here.

You may also contact us at (808) 848-4169, plannedgiving@bishopmuseum.org, or Bishop Museum’s Planned Giving Office, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817 for more information on Bishop Museum’s planned giving programs or to receive a complimentary copy of Leaving a Legacy, Bishop Museum’s planned giving guide.

All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

Bishop Museum’s Mary Kawena Pukui Legacy Society

Mary Kawena Pukui Society

In 2007 Bishop Museum established the Mary Kawena Pukui Society, to recognize and honor those who have committed to the long-range support of Bishop Museum by including the Museum in their estate plans.

The Society is named for Bishop Museum’s foremost patron and noted Hawaiian authority, Mary Kawena Pukui, whose philosophy and life’s work epitomized the mission and vision of Bishop Museum itself. Like Mrs. Pukui, our Society members are building a legacy that will support the Museum’s efforts to care for the cultural and natural heritage of Hawai‘i and the Pacific for generations to come.

Have you included Bishop Museum in your estate plans? Perhaps you have remembered Bishop Museum in your will or living trust, or as a beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust. Please let us know so that we can include you in the Society’s events and activities, and list your name in the Society’s honor roll. By joining the Society, you can also help to encourage others to take the important step that you have taken.

Please contact Bishop Museum’s planned giving office at 808.848-4187 or plannedgiving@bishopmuseum.org.

All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

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