is the most
comprehensive and complete museum in Hawaii, and considered
Honolulu Attractions on the island. A
fantastic collection of Hawaii's
heritage and culture is stored in this Honolulu museum, which
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 buff.
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
There is also a good display of unique
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 complete
erupting volcano that will keep both adults and kids entertained.
Join a Bishop Museum & Iolani Palace Combo Tour, which includes transportation and lunch. View more details...
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
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
daily life of the Hawaiian people's roots from Polynesia.
This exhibit is currently under renovation and will reopen
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
This is usually a favorite stop for the kids while visiting
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
be seated if the show has already started without you.
a sphere is another great educational display at the Planetarium
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.
Check in with the museum's staff as to what exciting
exhibits they will
have on display at the time of your visit to Oahu. You just
be in luck to see a fabulous traveling exhibit.
Book a Bishop Museum & Iolani Palace Combo Tour that includes transportation and lunch. View more details...
The Waikiki Trolley (Purple Line) visits many Honolulu Attractions including this one. There are 4 different routes to explore including: Scenic Tour, Historic Tour, Shopping Tour, and the Island Tour. Tickets start around $9 for a child day pass, and go up to $25 - $49 for an Adult 7 day pass.
Adult - $25 Senior - $22 Kids 4 to 17 $17 Under 4 is Free
Kama'aina & Military Rates - Adult - $15 Senior - $13 Kids 4 to 17 $11 Under 4 is Free
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.
Oahu's historic 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
Hawaii royalty, then make a point of visiting the
located in the downtown area.
The Iolani Palace became the
stand for the Hawaiian Royalty in 1893, before the overthrow of
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
a local hole-in-the-wall eatery. It can be hard sometimes
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!
Just a few blocks away is Honolulu's Downtown Chinatown. It's full of character, charm, and lot's of great finds. Grab a bite to eat, check out the shops and art galleries, and don't forget to pick up a fresh lei from one of the popular lei stands! Stick around for the evening and watch the nightlife transform the area as the clubs and bars open up!