Bishop Museum Planned Giving

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 your charitable 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

You may also contact us at (808) 848-4187,, 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

PUKUI GRAPHICSIn 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.

Meet Our Donors

Born in Mandan, North Dakota, to Jesse and Erble Brenden, Jeanne moved with her family to Omaha, Nebraska, just before Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. While listening to radio accounts of the attack, Jeanne asked where Pearl Harbor was. Her mother replied, “It’s a peaceful place a long, long way from here.”

When Jeanne was studying at the University of Tennessee, the federal government hired her father as a special advisor to the Philippine government. She and her family moved to Manila.

Her father flew to Manila, while Jeanne and her mother sailed on the SS President Wilson liner from California. En route the ship stopped in Hawai’i for eight hours. Jeanne and her mother disembarked and went directly to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the only place she knew from listening to Arthur Godfrey’s radio broadcasts in the early 1950s.

At the hotel, they basked in the beauty of Hawai’i. When they finally asked the concierge to call a taxi to return to the ship, he informed them Kalākaua Avenue was closed for the Aloha Week Ho’olaule’a event, and they would have to get a taxi on Kūhiō Avenue. They made it back to the ship just before the gangplank was raised. As Jeanne tossed her lei over the side of the ship, she turned to her mother and said, “Mom, Hawai’i is going to be my home someday. I just know it.”

In the Philippines, Jeanne taught first grade at the American School in Manila and enjoyed living there for a year. Then her dream became reality—she returned to Hawai’i to live. Shortly thereafter, she married and had two children, Michael and Laurie. She loved everything about Hawai’i—the beauty, the people, the climate.

One day, as Jeanne was looking out from her lānai, she asked herself, “How can I give back to this wonderful place? I want to do something in appreciation for my life in Hawai’i.” She had recently received an announcement in the mail from Bishop Museum about the formation of the Mary Kawena Pukui Society, which honors generous and far-sighted donors who have included the Museum in their estate plans. Jeanne decided that providing a significant gift to Bishop Museum through her estate would be her way to say thank you to Hawai’i, and to the Museum for preserving Hawai’i’s rich cultural heritage.

In working with Bishop Museum’s Office of Institutional Advancement, Jeanne donated a condominium she had owned for several years. The proceeds from the sale of the property will support Hawaiian and Pacific studies and fund the Jeanne McNeil Mattiucci Endowment for the care and management of the Museum’s ethnological collection. In appreciation for her generosity, a special exhibit case will be named for Jeanne and the memory of her late husband John E. Mattiucci, Lt. Col., USAF, as well as her two children, Michael and Laurie McNeil, who are also deceased.

“I feel so thrilled and am at such peace knowing I have been able to make this donation to Bishop Museum,” Jeanne says. Gesturing through an open door, she adds with great enthusiasm, “Look at the beauty of Hawai’i all around us. How could anyone not love and appreciate this divine place!”

Bishop Museum is extremely grateful to Jeanne for her generous gift to help the Museum continue to perpetuate the cultures, traditions, and natural history of Hawai’i and the Pacific.

Gulab and Indru Watumull have supported Bishop Museum in just about every possible way since 1989. The fascinating story of this family’s philanthropy begins with Gulab’s father, Jhamandas Watumull. Jhamandas grew up in poverty in the city of Hyderabad, now part of Pakistan. He had minimal education and started working when he was 13 years old. Through his diligence, in 1914 he was able to set up a small retail store in Hawai’i selling imported goods from Asia.

Throughout his life, Jhamandas wanted to help young students with their education. When he died in 1986 at age 101, he left his estate to the Jhamandas Watumull Fund. Today, his son Gulab administers the $10 million fund, which provides assistance to many non-profit organizations in Hawai’i, where three generations of Watumulls now live. The fund also assists Indian students studying in America, fosters better understanding of the history, art and culture of India, and furthers health care and higher education in India.

Gulab has admirably built upon his father’s legacy. In 1947, after completing studies in English literature, chemistry, and physics at the University of Bombay, Gulab Watumull joined his brother Rama in their father’s business in Hawai’i. After a period off-island, in 1953 Gulab returned to Hawai’i with his bride Indru, and soon headed up the newly-separated retail operation of the business, Watumull Brothers. Through the hard work of his entire family, Watumull Brothers has continued to prosper.

Indru Watumull’s love of the arts first influenced Gulab to appreciate and enjoy museums. “Indru is a longtime board member of the Honolulu Museum of Art, and whenever we travel we visit all kinds of museums,” says Gulab, with a smile. This enthusiasm caught hold of Gulab, who joined Bishop Museum’s Board of Directors in 2008.

As an active member of the Museum’s Board, Gulab believes it is essential for board members to give financially to the organizations they serve. The Jhamandas Watumull Fund has provided major support for the Museum’s planetarium, now named after Jhamandas, and Gulab and Indru have personally contributed to the Science Adventure Center catwalk , which allows visitors a closer look at the lava-filled volcano. The gift shop in the Castle Memorial Building is named for the couple in appreciation for their significant unrestricted support. Recently, Gulab made a generous legacy gift through a Charitable Gift Annuity. This type of gift is particularly appealing because he will receive income for life, and after his passing, the remainder of the annuity principal will provide further unrestricted funding to the Museum. “It’s a win-win,” he says. “It provides income for my family now and a future gift for the Museum.”

“I am very proud to be associated with the Bishop Museum,” Gulab continues. “We are lucky that it is in Hawai’i. It is one-of-a-kind in the world, and the only museum to preserve the history and culture of Polynesia.” He hopes that others will join him in making a planned gift so that this great institution can continue to flourish. Bishop Museum is deeply grateful to Gulab Watumull for his longstanding leadership and generosity and to Indru for her generosity and passion for the arts. Their commitment to Bishop Museum is central to the treasured Watumull legacy in Hawai’i, a legacy that has created opportunities for cultural appreciation and exploration for many generations to enjoy.

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

All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.


Give Home


Leave a Legacy

If you have General Development questions, please contact Bishop Museum’s Development Office at 808.847.8281 for more information.

Bequests are the most popular way to make a future gift to the Museum. Structure your Will to provide for your family first. Then, include a gift to the charitable organizations you love. Just a few simple sentences and a meeting with an estate planning attorney are all it takes.

If you give stocks you’ve owned for more than one year that are worth more than when you purchased them, you’ll qualify for significant tax advantages when you donate these securities to Bishop Museum.

Consider making Bishop Museum a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets, such as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan. You can designate either a percentage or the total balance as a gift to the Museum. With this type of gift, you can also leave less heavily taxed assets to your loved ones. These assets can also be used to make a gift to Bishop Museum during your lifetime to reduce the total that will incur estate and income taxes.

There are several ways you can use life insurance to give back to Bishop Museum. You can transfer a policy outright to Bishop Museum or name the Museum as a beneficiary. We can help you explore your options.

If you’d like to support Bishop Museum and receive steady payments for life, a charitable gift annuity may be right for you.

With a charitable remainder trust, you can receive income each year (either fixed or variable) from assets you place in the trust. After your lifetime, the balance in the trust goes to the charities of your choice.

With a charitable remainder trust, you can receive income each year (either fixed or variable) from assets you place in the trust. After your lifetime, the balance in the trust goes to the charities of your choice.

We can help you find the right charitable gift for you, in confidence and without obligation. To learn more about Bishop Museum’s Planned Giving program or notify the Museum of your estate plans and join the Mary Kawena Pukui Society, please contact, in confidence:
Phone: (808) 847-8281