Bishop Museum is the most comprehensive and complete museum in Hawaii, and considered one of the best Honolulu Attractions on the island. A fantastic collection of Hawaii's heritage and culture is stored in this Honolulu museum, which was commissioned by the husband of the last descendant of King Kamehameha the Great, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, hence the name.
You will want to devote at least 2-3 hours at the Bishop
Museum in order to absorb and appreciate all it has to offer.
It has gone through a $20
Million dollar renovation and is a Honolulu attraction
that should be a must on
your list of things to do in oahu, even if you're
not a history
If you do enjoy history, learn more
about the estate
and featured items directly from the friendly staff, as you will see
host and study here.
Valuable items such as the royal cape worn by King Kamehameha himself, made out of royal feathers, along with the skeleton of a 55-foot sperm whale, are just some of the special exhibits you will be treated to on your visit.
There is also a good display of unique items from other Polynesian islands whose population immigrated to Hawaii.
Parts of the museum that are not to be missed are the regal Kahili Room, the Hawaiian Hall, and the Science Adventure Center. The Science Center is compelte with an erupting volcano that will keep both adults and kids entertained.
The Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall consist of three different floors representing Hawaiian gods and legends on the first floor, the role of nature in daily Hawaiian life on the second floor, and the seat of the gods and important Hawaiian historical moments on the third floor.
This regal room displays the Kahili, or preciouse feather standards, along with various portraits of the monarchy and their personal belongings. The Kahili Room is beautifully set up, as it walks you through King Kamehameha's past and Hawaiian Royalty to follow.
This hall is comprised of two different floors showing exhibits from cultures across Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. You will find artifacts that tell of the origins and daily life of the Hawaiian people's roots from Polynesia. This exibit is currently under renovation and will reopen late 2013.
The Science Adventure Center is an interactive facility designed to give visitors a good understanding of Hawaii's natural environment. The entire center is housed inside 16,500 square feet of space. This is usually a favorite stop for the kids while visiting the museum.
Both kids and adults will be delighted seeing the erupting volcano, and the many interactive learning areas of the Science Center. You will find this newest building just across the 3 acre courtyard lawn.
Catch the Planetarium half hour long show that focuses on Galileo's discoveries. Don't be late as you will not be seated if the show has already started without you.
Science on a sphere is another great educational display at the Planetarium lobby that provides great visualization of information difficult to convey -- you can watch how a storm slowly grows, how a hurricane forms, how dust blows across the surface of Mars, and much more.
Currently there is a Homefront Hawai‘i Exhibit: An Attack on Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration. This exhibit features some historic pictures, stories and items captured during this moment in time.
Just 10 minutes away from the Bishop Museum, you can jump into the downtown Honolulu area, where you can visit Oahu's historic Chinatown, the Iolani Place, and the Aloha Tower.
Chinatown area is
an upcoming hip area on the
island now, that
hosts a slew of great tasting restaurants, clubs and Hawaiian art
galleries. While this area gets a face lift from new
entrepreneurs, the old brick buildings, flower lei shops and produce
stands helps preserve the charm in Chinatown Honolulu.
If you liked the Bishop Museum and would like to learn more about History of the Hawaiian people and Hawaii royalty, then make a point of visiting the Iolani Palace, located in the downtown area.
The Iolani Palace became the
stand for the Hawaiian Royalty in 1893, before the overthrow of the
Monarchy and the end of an era. Today the palace preserves
treasures and the legacy of Hawaii's history.
Just down the street from the museum located in an industrial area is a local hole-in-the-wall eatery. It can be hard sometimes to find an available seat at Ethel's Grill, do to its popularity for serving wholesome comfort food meals that cost a fraction of the price they should be charging!
Along the Honolulu harbor and just below Chinatown is the famous Aloha Tower landmark where guests were greeted in the 1930's as they arrived on ships. Today this arrival station has been transformed into the Aloha Tower Market Place, with inspiring island style shops and waterfront restaurants.