Bishop Museum and Partners Awarded Funding for Conservation Science and Action Supporting Hawaiian Land Snails
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, along with its partners the Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Snail Extinction Prevention Program, the University of Hawaiʻi, and Pomona College have been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for conservation science and action supporting Hawaiian land snails.
Bishop Museum Invites Media to Preview Ola Ka Noʻeau: Excellence in Hawaiian Artistry
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites members of the news media to an exclusive, closed-door preview of its newest exhibition, Ola Ka Noʻeau: Excellence in Hawaiian Artistry.
Governor Proclaims 2023 “Year of the Kāhuli”
Governor Josh Green M.D. today issued a proclamation declaring 2023, the Year of the Kāhuli. These colorful native tree snails are not your garden variety type, but species that used to inhabit virtually every ecosystem across the state and have played a significant role in the natural and cultural life of Hawai‘i.
Bishop Museum Celebrates Taxonomy Exhibition With Live-Painting by Solomon Enos
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum celebrates its exhibition, Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It, with a live-painting by Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos paired with a presentation by Dr. Kenneth Hayes, director of Bishop Museum’s Pacific Center for Molecular Biodiversity and curator of marine malacology.
Bishop Museum Announce Ola Ka Noʻeau: Excellence in Hawaiian Artistry
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, through a partnership with the PAʻI Foundation’s Maoli Arts Movement (MAMo) initiative, presents Ola Ka Noʻeau: Excellence In Hawaiian Artistry, opening in the Museum’s J. M. Long Gallery on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
Executive Dee Jay Mailer to Serve as Interim President and CEO of Bishop Museum
Seasoned executive Dee Jay Mailer has been appointed to a one-year term as Interim President and CEO of Bishop Museum. Mailer’s first day on campus will be Feb. 2, 2023.
Three Top Executives Depart Bishop Museum
The Board of Directors of Bishop Museum today announced the departures of chief executive officer Melanie Ide; general counsel Barron Oda; and vice president of operations, planning, and program management Kaiwi Yoon following the completion of an independent investigation into the Museum’s work environment.
Bishop Museum Announces Lalo: Science and Conservation in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces a new exhibit in its Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center, Lalo: Science and Conservation in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Bishop Museum Invites ʻOhana and Guests to Spend the Holidays at #HawaiisMuseum
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites ʻohana and guests to spend the holidays at #HawaiisMuseum, with a full lineup of December exhibitions, public programs, and events.
Bishop Museum Invites Media to Preview Backyard Adventures
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites members of the news media to an exclusive, closed-door preview of its newest exhibit, Backyard Adventures.
Bishop Museum Announces Opening Day for New Exhibit, Backyard Adventures:
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022
The exhibit’s interactive science displays will engage guests with the wonders that can be found in their own backyards, and emphasize the importance — and fun — of outdoor activity and exploration.
Bishop Museum Hosts Hawaiʻi International Film Festival Screenings on Its Great Lawn
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum hosts two Hawaiʻi International Film Festival screenings on its Great Lawn.
Bishop Museum Announces Program for Low-Income Families
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.
Bishop Museum Announces Project to Create Online Access to the Judd Family Papers
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, through the support of a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Native Hawaiian Library Services program, announces Hō Mai ka ʻIke: Reconnecting with the Judd Family Papers.
Bishop Museum Hosts Inaugural Kāhuli Festival
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum hosts the inaugural Kāhuli Festival, celebrating research and conservation of lands snails in Hawaiʻi.
Bishop Museum Installs Hawaiian Electric Fast Chargers on its Campus
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, through a partnership with Hawaiian Electric, has installed two fast chargers on its campus.
Bishop Museum Announces the Coordinated Operational Platform For Underwater Science (COPUS)
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, together with Sunfish, Inc. announces the Coordinated Operational Platform for Underwater Science (COPUS).
Bishop Museum Presents Monthlong Schedule of Halloween Activities
This October, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites local ʻohana and visitors to its campus for a monthlong series of Halloween activities, including “spooky editions” of behind-the-scenes tours of its Natural Sciences collections; Halloweekend: A Saturday of Play; and, a special Halloween Night tour of its Ichthyology collection.
Bishop Museum Welcomes Honolulu Intertribal Powwow to its Great Lawn
Each year, the Honolulu Intertribal Powwow brings together hundreds of people to celebrate Native American heritages, pass on Indigenous traditions, build communities, and learn about Native American cultural diversity.
Bishop Museum Announces New Exhibit, Backyard Adventures
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces a new exhibit coming to its Castle Memorial Building in November 2022: Backyard Adventures.
Bishop Museum September 2022, Exhibitions, Programming, and Events
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shares its September 2022 exhibitions, programs, and events. A full and continually updated listing can be found on the Museum’s website, BishopMuseum.org.
Bishop Museum Presents Its Annual E Ulu A Paʻa Auction
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to once again present E Ulu A Paʻa, a 10-day online auction supporting the mission, work, and staff of Bishop Museum, the designated Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
Bishop Museum Announces Public Program Around Its Newest Exhibition, Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces seven months of public programs complementing its newest exhibition, Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It.
Bishop Museum August 2022, Exhibitions, Programming, and Events
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi — Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shares its August 2022 exhibitions, programs, and events.
Bishop Museum Presents Two Cultural Programs, Free to the Public With In-person Attendance and Virtually via YouTube Live
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to present two cultural programs that are free to the general public. While both provide limited in-person attendance, they are also accessible via the Museum’s YouTube Channel.
Bishop Museum Hosts New Family Event, Seas the Day! A Saturday of Play
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites local ʻohana and visitors to enjoy its new family focused event, Seas the Day! A Saturday of Play at Bishop Museum on Saturday, July 23, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Media Preview: Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites members of the news media to attend an exclusive, pre-opening, closed-door Media Preview of its newest original exhibition, Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It
Bishop Museum Announces Kapaemahu Speaker Series
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces the full schedule for its Kapaemahu Speaker Series, presented live at the Museum’s Atherton Hālau for in-person viewing, and also streamed via YouTube Live.
Bishop Museum Celebrates Tatau: Marks of Polynesia With a Closing Festival
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum celebrates its exhibition, Tatau: Marks of Polynesia with a Closing Festival this Saturday, July 2, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bishop Museum Announces New, Original Exhibition, Taxonomy: Our Lives Depend On It
The exhibition will use a variety of media including images, video, and interactives to tell stories of taxonomy and the people who do taxonomic work.
Media Preview: The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum invites members of the news media to attend an exclusive, pre-opening, closed-door Media Preview of its newest original exhibition, The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu.
Bishop Museum Announces Opening Weekend of The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces the full schedule for the Opening Weekend of its new, original exhibition, The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, which opens to the general public on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in the Museum’s Castle Memorial Building.
Bishop Museum July 2022, Exhibitions, Programming and EventsBernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shares its July 2022 exhibitions, programs, and events.
Bishop Museum Hosts Celebrate Micronesia Festival
2022 Festival celebrates Micronesian cultures and connections with both in-person and livestreamed programming.
$17.5 Million in State Funding directed to Bishop Museum for Operations and Capital Improvement Projects
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi — Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will receive $17.5 million in funding from the State of Hawaiʻi for the coming year.
Bishop Museum and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Host City Nature Challenge Event
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi — Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, in partnership and in collaboration with the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is hosting a City Nature Challenge event at the Museum’s campus this Sunday, May 8 from 1-4 p.m.
Bishop Museum June 2022
Exhibitions, Programming and Events
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi — Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shares its June 2022 exhibitions, programs, and events.
Bishop Museum April/May 2022
Exhibitions, Programs, and Events
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shares its April and May, 2022 exhibitions, programs, and events.
Bishop Museum to Launch Conservation Capacity Building Hawaiʻi Master Naturalist Program
Researchers and content experts at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, in collaboration with community partners, are gearing up to launch the Hawaiʻi Master Naturalist Program.
Bishop Museum Announces New Exhibition, “The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu”
The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu will explore the history and contemporary meanings of four large pōhaku (stones) on Waikīkī Beach.
Bishop Museum Press Announces Reprinting of Keaomelemele
Bishop Museum Press, a department of Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, announces that after being out of print for several years, Keaomelemele is once again available.
Bishop Museum Hosts Science & Sustainability Festival
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is hosting its Science & Sustainability Festival on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. throughout its 15-acre campus.
Bishop Museum Launches Sustainability Dashboards
“Bishop Museum’s Sustainability Dashboards are part of our efforts to be transparent about our energy and resource usages, and the sustainable practices we’re implementing to improve on these,” said Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Bishop Museum curator of sustainability.
Bishop Museum Launches New Series of Monthly “After Hours” Events
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will launch a new series of monthly events starting this Friday, March 11, 2022.
Bishop Museum Appoints Two New Cultural Curators
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has appointed two new cultural curators to its Ethnology Department, through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Bishop Museum Announces Campus Murals
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announces the installation of four outdoor murals throughout its 15-acre campus in Kalihi.
Bishop Museum Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the J. Watumull Planetarium
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the J. Watumull Planetarium on December 12, 2021 with special activities that weekend on Saturday and Sunday, plus free in-person Planetarium shows every weekend in December.
Bishop Museum Presents Arts Night
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to present Bishop Museum Arts Night, a free event for keiki and ʻohana to explore different art forms and engage in art-focused activities.
Bishop Museum Opening “Tatau: Marks of Polynesia”
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will open a new exhibit in its J. M. Long Gallery on Saturday, November 13, 2021: Tatau: Marks of Polynesia will be on view through July 4, 2022.
Bishop Museum Announces New Display:
Two Hawaiian Olympic Champions. The First and the Latest.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is proud to announce a new display in the Gulab and Indru Watumull Atrium in historic Hawaiian Hall: Two Hawaiian Olympic Champions. The First and the Latest.
Halloweekend: A Saturday of Play at Bishop Museum
Just in time for Halloween, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents “Halloweekend: A Saturday of Play at Bishop Museum.”
Awaiaulu Press and Bishop Museum Press Reprint
After being out of print for more than five years, Bishop Museum Press has reprinted the Hawaiian and English Cross-Age Learning Picture Vocabulary Book.
Bishop Museum to Increase Access to Resources, Collections with the Help of Booz Allen Hamilton
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has embarked on a Digital Futures Initiative to modernize its IT infrastructure, build on its long digital legacy, and enable its future in Informatics.
Museum Collections Offer Evidence of 3,000 Years of Sustainable Ecosystem Stewardship on Tikopia Island
A new archaeological study published in Sustainability by researchers at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History examines past resource management strategies and their impacts on the long-term sustainability and resiliency of Pacific Island ecosystems.
Dinosaurs Return to Bishop Museum
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will bring the second exhibit of a prehistoric trilogy to Honolulu. Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals will transport visitors to the Cretaceous Period 66 million years ago when some of the most iconic dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Bishop Museum to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Events
With community health and wellbeing in mind, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will host three vaccination events at a designated area on its campus.
Bishop Museum Awarded $100,000 Frankenthaler Climate Initiative GrantFunds will be used to increase energy efficiency and improve climate control in the Pauahi Building collections areas.
Bishop Museum Presents E Ulu A Pa‘a, an Online Fundraiser and Auction
Bishop Museum is proud to present E Ulu A Pa‘a, a 10-day online fundraising auction in support of the museum’s mission.
Bishop Museum Awarded $49,999 by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for “Extending Our Reach Project”
The project will provide Bishop Museum educational programs to Native Hawaiian students on neighboring islands.
Bishop Museum Receives $100,000 Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has been awarded $100,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support its project, Ka Makaiwa: Strengthening Digital Access for Native Hawaiian Futures.
Bishop Museum Celebrates International “Make Music Day” With Free Concert
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to partner with Make Music Hawaiʻi and be one of the signature venues for the worldwide musical celebration Make Music Day, which is held annually on the summer solstice, this year on June 21.
Bishop Museum Awarded OHA ʻAhahui Grant for
POW! WOW!: Arts Night at Bishop Museum
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to support POW! WOW!: Arts Night at Bishop Museum.
Bishop Museum Launches Endowment Campaign
and Announces First Endowed Chair
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to announce the launch of its endowment campaign with its first endowed chair, The Wayne Pitluck and Judith Pyle Curator for Cultural Resilience, to be held by Bishop Museum Cultural Advisor, Marques Hanalei Marzan.
Bishop Museum and Parley for the Oceans Present Parley AIR Station Hawaiʻi During the Museum’s Wild Explorers Weekend — A Saturday of Play
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to announce the installation of a Parley AIR Station Hawaiʻi on its Great Lawn, with access and related public programming launching Saturday, April 24 during the Museum’s Wild Explorers Weekend — A Saturday of Play event.
Bishop Museum to Invest in Curatorial Practices rooted in Indigenous Frameworks with $1 Million Grant
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is pleased to announce that it has been
awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Bishop Museum Announces Its New Exhibit, POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World
Exhibition will provide a contemporary art experience that bridges culture, creative expression, and indigenous perspectives to showcase some of the most notable street artists and sculptors from Hawaiʻi and around the world.
Bishop Museum and Awaiaulu Launch New Project to Preserve and Digitize Hawaiian Language Newspapers
The goal of the multi-year project, He Aupuni Palapala, is to digitize Hawaiian language newspapers, in all repositories, for free online access.
Bishop Museum Announces Its New, Original Exhibit,
(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaiʻi
Exhibition explores how the controversial Sullivan Collection has taken on new life as a genealogical source for Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) descendants.
Bishop Museum Launches Online Experiences for Japanese Speakers
“Bishop Museum’s Japanese Online Experiences” consists of 24 scheduled online experiences between January and December 2021 that showcase the history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific through the lens of the Museum’s signature galleries, original exhibitions, and livestreamed presentations.
Bishop Museum Presents, “Kaula Piko: Leʻa I Ke Kani Concert, Featuring the Legendary Ledward Kaapana and Very Special Guests”In the spirit of the holidays, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings will present “Kaula Piko: Leʻa I Ke Kani Concert, Featuring the Legendary Ledward Kaapana and Very Special Guests” Alan Akaka, Pōmaikaʻi and Mālie Lyman, Douglas Poʻoloa Tolentino, Bobby Moderow Jr, Kamuela and Kaʻihi Kimokeo, Kenneth Makuakāne, Ocean Kaowili, and Halehaku Seabury.
Halloweekend: A Saturday of Play at Bishop Museum
This Halloween, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents “Halloweekend: A Saturday of Play at Bishop Museum.” With educational programs across the museum campus, a social media costume contest, and prizes, Halloweekend will provide a safe and fun place for families to celebrate Halloween festivities, Bishop Museum-style.
Bishop Museum Scientists Describe the Last Known Species of Endodonta Land SnailBishop Museum scientists and collaborators with Hawaiʻi’s Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Snail Extinction Prevention Program and the University of Florida Natural History Museum have described what is considered to be the last living species of a group of native Hawaiian land snails that were previously thought extinct.
Bishop Museum to Reopen Thursday, Sept. 24
In accordance with the latest mandates from City and State officials, Bishop Museum will reopen for business beginning Thursday, September 24.
Bishop Museum Presents E Ulu A Pa‘a, an Online Fundraiser and Auction
In lieu of its annual dinner, the online fundraiser gathers the community to support the mission of Bishop Museum
Bishop Museum describes first living native Hawaiian land snail species in more than 60 yearsFor the first time in more than 60 years, Bishop Museum scientists have named a new species of living native Hawaiian land snail.
Kaula Piko: The Source of Strings
The pioneering influence of Hawaiian musicians in both performance styles and the actual design and construction of instruments is of international significance, yet little known.
Feather Cloak and Helmet Gifted to Captain Cook to Return Permanently to Hawai‘i
An ʻahu ʻula (feather cloak) and mahiole (feather helmet) gifted to Captain Cook in 1779 are being permanently returned to Hawaiʻi by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.
Bishop Museum to Reopen and Launch New Outdoor Museum Experiences
Following the latest mandates from City and State officials, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will soon be reopening to the community.
Bishop Museum Goes Plastic-Free
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, together with partners Shop Pacifica and Bishop
Museum Café by Highway Inn, has eliminated the sale of all single-use plastics on its campus.
Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawai‘iBernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new, original exhibit that explores surfing’s history and its ongoing technical and cultural developments. “Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawai‘i” invites visitors to explore surfing as a culture, an art, a sport and a way of life.
Spineless Wonders: Rising From the Deep
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibition that gives visitors a rare glimpse into the undersea world of marine invertebrates through both an artistic and scientific lens.
Bishop Museum Press Reprints Lā‘au Hawai‘i: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants
Bishop Museum Press has reprinted the classic work, “Lā‘au Hawai‘i: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants,” in celebration of the 100th birthday of the author, Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott (1919–2010).
Bishop Museum Appoints Jillian Swift as Museum’s New Archaeologist
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum has hired Jillian Swift as the museum’s new archaeologist.
Past Press Releases
Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Two artists have been selected to explore the rich archives of Bishop Museum Library & Archives in a pilot Wānanga | Wānana Residency offered by Bishop Museum in partnership with Creative New Zealand. The successful art practitioners, chosen from an impressive range of quality applications, are: Ngahina Hohaia (Taranaki, Ngāti Moeahu, Ngāti Haupoto) and Julian Arahanga (Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi).
Honolulu, Hawai‘i –At the center of Bishop Museum’s recent original exhibition, “Rapa Nui: The Untold Stories of Easter Island,” stood a full-size 3-D model of the moai (statue) Hoa Hakananai‘a.
Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Bishop Museum’s newest traveling family exhibition invites visitors on an educational and entertaining journey of the history of land, sea, air and space travel with displays made of nearly one million LEGO® bricks.
Honolulu, Hawai‘i–Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents a new exhibition that gives visitors a rare glimpse into the undersea world of marine invertebrates through both an artistic and scientific lens.
Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s annual celebration of all things science is back with the 2019 Hi-Sci Festival.
Honolulu, Hawai‘i – In less than a month, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will showcase its newest original exhibit, which will explore the relationships between kiʻi (images) and people.
Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum announced today that it will retain ownership of lands in Waipi‘o Valley on the island of Hawai‘i.
Honolulu, Hawai‘i – Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum presents “Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images,” a new exhibit that explores relationships between kiʻi (images) and people.
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