The Bishop Museum

We knew we needed to visit a museum while we were here in Hawaii. After some research we decided to go to The Bishop Museum because it had both science and history programs and a planetarium. Our ASTC membership had expired so this year we renewed with Boonshoft Museum because they also offer AZA membership which includes zoos and aquariums. (And the Bishop Museum)

“Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.”

What a great museum! First we took a welcome tour and learned about the founding, history and architecture of this diverse museum. We learned about immigration to the Hawaiian islands by other cultures. We saw the kahili or standards which were unique to each chief. We heard about watery Gods on the Kai akea Hawaiian Origins tour.

We learned about boats and clothes worn by early travelers. We followed the paths of their journeys.

We then attended a Lava Melting Demonstration where we learned about the hot spot that created the Hawaiian islands and is still at work today. We were reminded of the types of lava and how they were formed and learned some new facts about lava.

Our last stop was the Planetarium where we were on a the deck of the voyaging canoe Hokule on our way from Tahiti to Hawaii navigating with only the stars.  This was such a neat experience!  This museum is definitely one of our favorites.

For lunch we went to Kua’aina Sandwich for burgers! They were really good with onion and avacado.

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