Questions for Kimo: Where's the best place to learn about the Hawaiian culture...?

Real Estate Agent with HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 RS-76763

Questions for Kimo: Our family is re-locating to Hawaii and we are wondering where's the best place to learn about Hawaiian culture?

In my opinion the best and most family orientated place to learn about Hawaiian culture is the Bishop Museum, located at 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96817  Phone: 808.847.3511. The Museum is located in Palama just off the Like Like and H1 Highways. It's a little bit out of the way for tourists and new comers but it's well worth the trip for visitors and locals alike.   

"The Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum."-Bishop MuseumPrincess Puahi

 The Museums purpose:

Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, as a posthumous honorarium to his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi, the Bishop Museum was designed to house the large and comprehensive collection of royal heirlooms and Hawaiian artifacts of the late Princess, the last royal descendant of the Kamehameha line. The collection has since expanded to include millions of Hawaiian and Pan-Pacific cultural artifacts, art work, historical documents, and photographs.




Here are some photos of my last visit to the Museum. It should be noted that the spectacular Hawaiian Hall, with it's stunning Koa paneling and galleries is currently being refurbished but there is plenty to see, none the less.

Greeting visitors on their arrival to the museum is the life size lava rock reproduction of the Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Moai.







The Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium offers a fascinating look at the importance of celestial observation to Polynesian cultures. Celestial navigation and the lunar calender was of great importance to Hawaiian cultural life in the past. Today the Mauna Kea observatory complex on the Big Island is at the forefront of Astronomical Science in the world. The Planataruim offers showings daily. If your interested in seeing the planetarium check the times for showings in advance and plan your visit to the museum around it, otherwise you may miss out. For more information- 


Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center  is designed specifically as an interactive learning center for children, including exhibits focused on volcanology, marine, and other related sciences. This is a very fun interactive area and you don't need to be a kid to enjoy it. Dominating the exhibit is a volcano that you can enter inside of and make 'erupt'. 





Hawaiian Exhibits:

You will find an amazing variety of Hawaiian artifacts from ancient times to present day such as this contemporary art piece by local artist Maika'i Tubbs-



Temple Tiki of Ku, god of war-              Collection of Makau -              Man in Ahu Ula and Mahiole-


Pan-Polynesian Exhibits:

These costumes were designed to frighten the women folk as an amusement in New Caladonia

Canoe paddles, Solomon Islands-                Tongan Mace-                    Maori skirt and feathered bag-


Museum Information:

Hours and admission costs

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except on Christmas (Dec 25). There is ample free parking on our campus.

Admissions Rates

Free Admission to Bishop Museum Members

General - Adult $ 15.95
General - Senior, 65 & over $ 12.95
General - child (ages 4-12) $ 12.95
General - child (age 3 & under) Free

The following rates are available for kama'āina and military visitors to Bishop Museum:

$8.95 - General Admissison
$7.95 - Child (4-12) and Senior (65+)

 You will need to show an ID to secure these rates.

Guests visiting the Bishop Museum who are not local residents or military, but are accompanied by someone who is can get a special rate of adults $12.95, youth $9.95, and children 3 and under are free. Otherwise, regular retail admission rates will apply.

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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hawaii is so rivh in cultures and traditions, I will one day get there and hope to learn about as many as I can.  What a gorgeous set of photos you showed.

Jan 16, 2009 01:00 PM #1
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Carol, Paradise awaits you, thanks for visiting. Now that Obama is president you will probably see a lot more of this natural beauty we call Hawaii nei.

Jan 16, 2009 01:22 PM #2
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Kimo you sure do have some awesome photos! It is easy to see you have a passion for your area.

Jan 20, 2009 08:49 AM #3
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Bill, mahalo for visiting, yes we Hawaiians are passionate about our home and our tenuous presence in the world.

Jan 21, 2009 06:54 AM #4
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Kimo, your post is awesome! Great job...Beautiful photos and so well laid out.

Jan 23, 2009 06:28 AM #5
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Pat, mahalo for commenting, I'm glad you ejoyed the photography. The museum allows photography which is unsual as most do not.

Jan 23, 2009 06:36 AM #6
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