Science Programs

LAWAI’A:  Fishing Tools and Practices 

What can the ocean provide?  Students will dive deep into traditional fishing practices in Hawai’i and the Pacific and explore the ways we get food and other resources from “nature’s icebox.”  Through this interactive program, students will imagine themselves as gatherers of the ocean’s bounty.

Change is for the Birds

Looking around our environment one can notice the wide variety of plants and animals that exist in the Hawaiian Islands.  This diversity grew over time developing in many cases from one distinct species. The expansion into different types of subspecies is no accident; but in fact nature’s way of adapting to its environment.  This program explores how one species of bird (a finch) adapted to a new environment (Hawaii) and gave birth to a wide range of subspecies (honeycreepers).

– NGSS  LS4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4 and 4.5

Attack of the Giant Cell

Watch the sphere get transformed into a giant cell so that students can easily identify the component parts of plant and animal cells.

– NGSS   MS LS 1.2

Planetarium Show:

Wayfinders: Waves, Wind and Water

Explorers of Polynesia, Wayfinders puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your way to Tahiti from Hawai‘i. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.

Planetarium Presentation:

The Hawaiian Sky Tonight

Go on a tour of the current Hawai’i night sky. The program also includes an update on current space missions.

Rapa Nui: Untold Tales of Easter Island

Students can study and observe alongside Bishop Museum research scientists who use the data they collect to learn all about the natural and cultural histories of Rapa Nui past and present.  Study rock garden soil sampling, learn about archeological collection techniques, and ponder the untold stories of this Pacific island.