Sunday, May 10, 2009

Visiting Hawaii's Past

Banabear and I spent the whole afternoon learning about Hawaii's history and culture. We toured Bishop Museum, 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.

Bishop Museum houses extensive collection of Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts and royal heirlooms. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world.

The sprawling ground located at 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu houses the Hawaiian Hall Complex (Hawaiian Hall Gallery, Atrium Lobby, Polynesian Hall, Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kahili Room, Picture Gallery); Castle Memorial Building (Founder's Alcove, Travelling exhibits, early collections of the museum,); Paki Hall (Hawai'i Sports Hall of Fame, Library and Archives); Jabulka Pavillion (giftshop, Watumuli Planetarium); and Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center.

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