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March 6, 2010
January 6, 2006
Bishop Museum offers a glimpse into Hawaiian history. We started very late and only covered Polynesian Hall, Hawaiian Hall, and Kāhili Room during our visit. You should start early, as this is a very large place. Visitors with mobility issues may be limited on what they may see. There is a planetarium with shows available.
Daily 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day. Credit cards accepted. Phone (808) 848-4148 or 847-3511. Adult $14.95.
Accessible by car or bus no. 2, 10- to 15-minute service, and allow about 45 minutes travel time. We came by taxi, which cost almost $20 during rush hour.
From journal HNL
March 27, 2004
From journal Two weeks on Oahu
by smmmarti guide
September 21, 2002
Unlike Adam, I had some insider’s awareness and had identified Bishop Museum as the sole "must do" during my visit to Honolulu. Knowing a little about Hawaiian history, the birthing of the islands, the journeys of the Polynesians, the emergence of the monarchy, the arrival of Captain Cook and subsequently the whalers and missionaries, the flood of cultures who came to work the plantations, and the inevitable melding of all of the above to make Hawaii one of the most fascinating and unique places on the planet, I wanted to know more about all that. If Honolulu is your only destination in the great state of Hawaii, you’ll want to do those typical tourist things such as beaching, snorkeling, ogling the surfers, catching a hula show, shopping till you drop. But if you live in Maui, as I now do, you won’t because you have those things at home, where they are even better.
Why You Should Go to the Bishop Museum, Too
If you stop here first, everything else you see in Honolulu will be with different eyes. Then you’ll know that Hawaii has America’s only royal palace, the ‘Iolani', in Honolulu. Since Hawaii was an independent nation prior to becoming a US state, it was ruled by a dynasty of monarchs who had royal blood, possessions, manners, and perspectives. The husband of the last direct descendent of the Kamehameha lineage was Charles Reed Bishop. His wife, Bernice Pauahi Bishop, had given up the throne of the kingdom, but following her death Charles established the museum, officially called the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum .
Here the royal possessions, including those of her Aunt Emma, were archived. In time the museum became the largest repository for Hawaiiana and Polynesian artifacts in the world. It also boasts the largest natural history collection in the world, rotating exhibits, tutelage and scientific studies partnered with NASA, and a planetarium.
The impressive lava rock structure was originally built for the Kamehameha school for boys, but now is used solely to house the outstanding collections that include historical tribal masks and implements from various Pacific Island groups, feathered capes and kahilis, carvings and over thirteen million entomological specimens. The koa interior and grand three story Hawaiian Hall gives visitors a unique contrast in perspective from the high rise glare of modern Honolulu as well as insight into the royal culture that preceded it. A visit here will clear up more misperceptions about the "real" Hawaii faster than you can race up Diamondhead.
It bears repeating. "The real Pacific starts here."
From journal The Paradise City: Honolulu