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Henry Williams was born in March 1864. In 1900 Henry Williams was working as an upholsterer and lived on Corkscrew Lane ...
05/11/2021

Henry Williams was born in March 1864. In 1900 Henry Williams was working as an upholsterer and lived on Corkscrew Lane in downtown Honolulu. At least two of his Duvauchelle step-grandchildren lived with him and his wife Puaala at one point, having come from their home on Molokaʻi. One of them was Henry, who was recorded as 16 years old in the 1920 census.

Learn more about Henry’s story and living legacy in our new, original exhibition, “(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaiʻi,” on view now through October 24, 2021: BishopMuseum.org/Regenerations.

“(Re)Generations” is a reflective exploration of Bishop Museum’s scientific, educational, and moral responsibilities in the 21st century. Bishop Museum, like other historic institutions, participated for decades in activities that would now be considered unacceptable. Here we uncover the troubled history of the Sullivan Collection, with origins rooted in race science and embedded in eugenics. We also acknowledge its transformation into one of the Museum’s primary sources for genealogical research, and a vehicle for rediscovering ancestors and genealogical connections.

The people depicted in this exhibit were primarily selected through collaboration with their living descendants. By sharing information about their lives and legacies—meaningful histories ignored by Louis R. Sullivan—we celebrate the reappropriation of ancestral presence by Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) descendants.

Image sharing on social media is welcome, however out of respect for those pictured and their living descendants we do ask that you share not only their images but their names and stories as well. For all other uses please contact [email protected].

Image 1 of 2: Henry Williams; Pūkoʻo, Molokaʻi. Photo by Louis R. Sullivan, 1920–1921. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 4701

Image 2 of 2: Lameka Hoʻolapa, son of David Hoʻolapa. Photo by Louis R. Sullivan, 1920–1921. SP 4213. Annemarie Aweau Paikai, Lameka’s great-great-granddaughter. Photo by Sheika Alghezawi, 2021. Background image; Kahaluʻu, Kona, Hawaiʻi. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 203580.

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Take a deep dive into Hawaiʻi coral reef preservation with a Native Hawaiian perspective, with Bishop Museum researchers...
05/10/2021

Take a deep dive into Hawaiʻi coral reef preservation with a Native Hawaiian perspective, with Bishop Museum researchers!

Join us and Parley for the Oceans at the Parley AIR Station Hawaiʻi. This collaborative center is dedicated to serving, educating, and empowering the community and next generation of ocean ambassadors.

Parley AIR Station Hawaiʻi
Saturdays from 10-10:45 a.m.
Registration is FREE and required: pocketsuite.io/book/parley

Learn more about Bishop Museum Programming: BishopMuseum.org/Events.

#Parley #ParleyForTheOceans
#ForTheOceans #AIRStation
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Take a deep dive into Hawaiʻi coral reef preservation with a Native Hawaiian perspective, with Bishop Museum researchers!

Join us and Parley for the Oceans at the Parley AIR Station Hawaiʻi. This collaborative center is dedicated to serving, educating, and empowering the community and next generation of ocean ambassadors.

Parley AIR Station Hawaiʻi
Saturdays from 10-10:45 a.m.
Registration is FREE and required: pocketsuite.io/book/parley

Learn more about Bishop Museum Programming: BishopMuseum.org/Events.

#Parley #ParleyForTheOceans
#ForTheOceans #AIRStation
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

THIS FRIDAY, during Member Preview Day – Our Membership team will be doing interviews over Instagram Live with some of t...
05/10/2021

THIS FRIDAY, during Member Preview Day – Our Membership team will be doing interviews over Instagram Live with some of the participants of our newest exhibition, “POW! WOW! From Hawaiʻi to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines”:

-10:30 a.m.: Jasper Wong, founder of POW WOW Worldwide and exhibit curator.

-12:30 p.m.: Rachel Filbeck, Bishop Museum exhibit designer, and Josh Iglesia, exhibit technician.

-2:30 p.m.: A surprise POW! WOW! artist!

-4:30 p.m.: Kris Goto , POW! WOW! artist.

Tune in live on Instagram on Friday!

Learn more about our POW! WOW! Exhibit, and Member Preview Day: BishopMuseum.org/PowWow.

Image 1 of 2: Jasper Wong, photo by: Petey Ulatan.

Image 2 of 2: “Mood” 2019 by Kris Goto.

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#PowWowDecade #PowWowHawaii
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine! Image: Mothers dressed in lei and muʻumuʻu posed on the steps of Kawaiahaʻo Church for Mother’s Da...
05/09/2021

Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine!

Image: Mothers dressed in lei and muʻumuʻu posed on the steps of Kawaiahaʻo Church for Mother’s Day; Honolulu, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, May 11, 1947. Photo by On Char & Sons. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 109965.

Image sharing on social media is welcome; for all other uses please contact [email protected].

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Hauʻoli Lā Makuahine!

Image: Mothers dressed in lei and muʻumuʻu posed on the steps of Kawaiahaʻo Church for Mother’s Day; Honolulu, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, May 11, 1947. Photo by On Char & Sons. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 109965.

Image sharing on social media is welcome; for all other uses please contact [email protected].

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FRIDAY, May 14 -- Join us for Pau Hana with Michelle Fearon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Michigan, as ...
05/08/2021

FRIDAY, May 14 -- Join us for Pau Hana with Michelle Fearon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Michigan, as she explores “Bee Biodiversity and Disease.”

Learn more BishopMuseum.org/Calendar/Pau-Hana-Pu-Kakou.

Friday, May 14, 2021
4 - 5 p.m. HST
Online Platform: Zoom

Photo courtesy of Michelle Fearon.

#BishopMuseumPauHana
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FRIDAY, May 14 -- Join us for Pau Hana with Michelle Fearon, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Michigan, as she explores “Bee Biodiversity and Disease.”

Learn more BishopMuseum.org/Calendar/Pau-Hana-Pu-Kakou.

Friday, May 14, 2021
4 - 5 p.m. HST
Online Platform: Zoom

Photo courtesy of Michelle Fearon.

#BishopMuseumPauHana
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

05/08/2021

Take a glimpse behind-the-scenes at our newest exhibit, “POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines,” with exhibit designer, Rachel Filbeck!

The POW! WOW! exhibit opens to Members on Friday, May 14 and the general public on Saturday, May 15!

Reserve your tickets BishopMuseum.org/Tickets.

Mahalo to our generous supporters that helped make this exhibition possible.

Installations and murals curated by POW WOW Worldwide founder Jasper Wong

Group show curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Projects
and Jasper Wong .

Presented by:
Hawaiian Airlines

Major Sponsors:
DAWSON Impact
John Chin Young Foundation
Toyota Hawaii
Monster Energy
Montana Cans (official)
Thinkspace Projects

Sustaining Sponsor:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Scott Hawaii

Contributing Sponsors:
DeeAnn Yabusaki
Elizabeth Rice Grossman (@elizabeth1240)
Lauran Bromley
Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund at the
Hawai‘i Community Foundation

Hospitality Sponsor:
Sheraton Waikiki

Media Sponsor:
Flux Hawaii

Documentation Sponsor:
Redefined Media

Food Sponsor:
The Aja Group

#PowWowDecade #PowWowHawaii
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum #ContemporaryArt

We invite you to view our newest exhibition, “POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World”, presented by Hawai...
05/06/2021

We invite you to view our newest exhibition, “POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World”, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, during its After Hours event.

In addition to the contemporary art on view in the exhibit, the event features a Secret Walls artists battle, a breakdancing showcase by The Lucky Kids, and DJ music by the Boom Bap Kids. The Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center will be open to learn and explore volcanology, oceanology, and biodiversity. You can also check out Parley for the Ocean Hawaiʻi’s very first AIR Station, a collaborative community hub dedicated to inspiring and empowering a new generation of ocean ambassadors.

Tails Up Hawaiʻi will be on site selling fresh poke bowls and other ʻono food.

Join us on POW! WOW!’s opening day – and night – Saturday, May 15!
6 - 9 p.m.

Learn more BishopMuseum.org/Calendar/Bishop-Museum-After-Hours.

Image Courtesy of POW WOW Worldwide.

#BishopMuseumAfterHours
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

We invite you to view our newest exhibition, “POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World”, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, during its After Hours event.

In addition to the contemporary art on view in the exhibit, the event features a Secret Walls artists battle, a breakdancing showcase by The Lucky Kids, and DJ music by the Boom Bap Kids. The Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center will be open to learn and explore volcanology, oceanology, and biodiversity. You can also check out Parley for the Ocean Hawaiʻi’s very first AIR Station, a collaborative community hub dedicated to inspiring and empowering a new generation of ocean ambassadors.

Tails Up Hawaiʻi will be on site selling fresh poke bowls and other ʻono food.

Join us on POW! WOW!’s opening day – and night – Saturday, May 15!
6 - 9 p.m.

Learn more BishopMuseum.org/Calendar/Bishop-Museum-After-Hours.

Image Courtesy of POW WOW Worldwide.

#BishopMuseumAfterHours
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight!  The best viewing will be after Aquarius rises, from 3:00 a.m. until sunris...
05/05/2021

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks tonight!

The best viewing will be after Aquarius rises, from 3:00 a.m. until sunrise. This is a light shower of about 20 to 40 meteors per hour and it is one of two caused by debris from Halley’s Comet, along with the Orionids in October.

During this time, the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn will all be visible in the east before sunrise too!

Learn more BishopMuseum.org/Astronomy-Resources.

#JWatumullPlanetarium
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

Puaala Wood Williams was born in June 1863. She married Henry Williams by 1900. The 1910 census identifies Puaala Willia...
05/05/2021

Puaala Wood Williams was born in June 1863. She married Henry Williams by 1900. The 1910 census identifies Puaala Williams as Maria William. Her daughter Annie, the wife of Ed Duvauchelle, was a child of her first marriage. Puaala’s granddaughter, Zelie Duvauchelle, was living with her in 1910, based on census records. Zelie later taught Hawaiian language and published two Hawaiian-language instructional books.

Learn more about Puaala’s story and living legacy in our new, original exhibition, “(Re)Generations: Challenging Scientific Racism in Hawaiʻi,” on view now through October 24, 2021: BishopMuseum.org/Regenerations.

“(Re)Generations” is a reflective exploration of Bishop Museum’s scientific, educational, and moral responsibilities in the 21st century. Bishop Museum, like other historic institutions, participated for decades in activities that would now be considered unacceptable. Here we uncover the troubled history of the Sullivan Collection, with origins rooted in race science and embedded in eugenics. We also acknowledge its transformation into one of the Museum’s primary sources for genealogical research, and a vehicle for rediscovering ancestors and genealogical connections.

The people depicted in this exhibit were primarily selected through collaboration with their living descendants. By sharing information about their lives and legacies—meaningful histories ignored by Louis R. Sullivan—we celebrate the reappropriation of ancestral presence by Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) descendants.

Image sharing on social media is welcome, however out of respect for those pictured and their living descendants we do ask that you share not only their images but their names and stories as well. For all other uses please contact [email protected].

Image 1 of 2: Puaala Wood Williams; Pūkoʻo, Molokaʻi. Photo by Louis R. Sullivan. 1920–1921. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 4699.

Image 2 of 2: Lameka Hoʻolapa, son of David Hoʻolapa. Photo by Louis R. Sullivan, 1920–1921. SP 4213. Annemarie Aweau Paikai, Lameka’s great-great-granddaughter. Photo by Sheika Alghezawi, 2021. Background image; Kahaluʻu, Kona, Hawaiʻi. Bishop Museum Archives. SP 203580.

#ReGenerationsHI
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

May the Fourth be with you! Happy #StarWarsDay! Today we take a time machine back to the moment a certain famous droid v...
05/04/2021

May the Fourth be with you!

Happy #StarWarsDay! Today we take a time machine back to the moment a certain famous droid visited the museum, and enjoyed a Planetarium show.

Looking to explore the stars yourself? JOIN US for a “Wayfinders” show in our J. Watumull Planetarium!

Reserve your tickets today: BishopMuseum.org/Tickets.

#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

May the Fourth be with you!

Happy #StarWarsDay! Today we take a time machine back to the moment a certain famous droid visited the museum, and enjoyed a Planetarium show.

Looking to explore the stars yourself? JOIN US for a “Wayfinders” show in our J. Watumull Planetarium!

Reserve your tickets today: BishopMuseum.org/Tickets.

#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

Our May Star Map is out! May is highlighted by Kaiwikuamoʻo in our evening skies. The Backbone traces a line across the ...
05/03/2021

Our May Star Map is out!

May is highlighted by Kaiwikuamoʻo in our evening skies. The Backbone traces a line across the sky from Hōkūpaʻa (the North Star) through the Big Dipper, to Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, and to Hānaiakamalama, the Southern Cross.

Download the May 2021 sky map for free: BishopMuseum.org/SkyMaps.

#JWatumullPlanetarium
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

Our May Star Map is out!

May is highlighted by Kaiwikuamoʻo in our evening skies. The Backbone traces a line across the sky from Hōkūpaʻa (the North Star) through the Big Dipper, to Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, and to Hānaiakamalama, the Southern Cross.

Download the May 2021 sky map for free: BishopMuseum.org/SkyMaps.

#JWatumullPlanetarium
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

05/02/2021

Bishop Museum Members! Are you excited about our upcoming exhibit, "POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines"? Bishop Museum Members have FREE and FIRST access to the exhibit -- before anyone else -- during our Member Preview event on Friday, May 14!

Learn more and reserve your tickets at:
BishopMuseum.org/PowWow.

#BishopMuseumMembers
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

#TodayInHistory: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi!On May 1, 1928, Hawaiʻi held its first Lei Day. A celebration centered on...
05/01/2021

#TodayInHistory: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaiʻi!

On May 1, 1928, Hawaiʻi held its first Lei Day. A celebration centered on the tradition of making and giving lei had been proposed months earlier by Don Blanding, a popular artist and writer with a regular column in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. It has been celebrated in Hawaiʻi on the first day of May ever since, and gained official recognition in 1929.

The main event of Lei Day is the lei contest, the first of which was held in the lobby of The Bank of Hawaii. In later years the official lei contest was moved to the government building Honolulu Hale, then to Kapiʻolani Park. Lei Day festivities are held throughout the Islands, marked with lei making, music, hula, and pageantry.

Photo 1 of 2: First Lei Day celebration in lobby of Bank of Hawaii; Honolulu, Hawaʻi. May 1, 1928. SP 115715.

Photo 2 of 2: Rules governing the lei contest held on the first Lei Day by The Bank of Hawaii, Ltd.; Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. May 1, 1928. Christine Takata, Bishop Museum Archives. MS Doc 218, SM 115718.

Image-sharing on social media is welcome; for all other uses please contact [email protected].

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Who are you looking forward to seeing in our next exhibit, “POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World, prese...
05/01/2021

Who are you looking forward to seeing in our next exhibit, “POW! WOW! The First Decade: From Hawaiʻi to the World, presented by Hawaiian Airlines,” opening May 15?

Artwork 1 of 5: Thomas Evans
Artwork 2 of 5: Simone Legno of Tokidoki
Artwork 3 of 5: OG Slick
Artwork 4 of 5: Hiero Veiga
Artwork 5 of 5: Cory Taum

Mahalo to our generous supporters that helped make this exhibition possible.

Installations and murals curated by POW WOW Worldwide founder Jasper Wong.

Group show curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Projects and Jasper Wong.

Presented by:
Hawaiian Airlines

Major Sponsors:
DAWSON Impact
John Chin Young Foundation
Toyota Hawaii
MonsterEnergy
MontanaCans_USA
Thinkspace Projects

Sustaining Sponsor:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Scott Hawaii

Contributing Sponsors:
DeeAnn Yabusaki
Elizabeth Rice Grossman (@elizabeth1240)
Lauran Bromley
Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund at the
Hawai‘i Community Foundation

Hospitality Sponsor:
Sheraton Waikiki

Media Sponsor:
Flux Hawaii

Documentation Sponsor:
Redefined.Media

Food Sponsor:
The Aja Group

#PowWowDecade #PowWowHawaii
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum #ContemporaryArt

Here we go! It's the start of the #CityNatureChallenge 2021! Get your iNaturalist app ready, and see if you can find any...
05/01/2021

Here we go! It's the start of the #CityNatureChallenge 2021! Get your iNaturalist app ready, and see if you can find any of our island’s most wanted species.

Join the City Nature Challenge for Oʻahu and add your observations to our project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-oahu. You have until May 3!

#CityNatureChallenge #Biodiversity #Conservation
#UHManoa #iNaturalist
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

Here we go! It's the start of the #CityNatureChallenge 2021! Get your iNaturalist app ready, and see if you can find any of our island’s most wanted species.

Join the City Nature Challenge for Oʻahu and add your observations to our project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-oahu. You have until May 3!

#CityNatureChallenge #Biodiversity #Conservation
#UHManoa #iNaturalist
#BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum

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Honolulu, HI
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Bishop Museum is closed on THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS DAY 1. Get on the #2 or City Express B bus heading towards ‘School St./Middle St.' 2. Get off the bus at the intersection of School and Kapālama Streets.Cross School Street at the intersection and walk down Kapālama Street (you'll be headed toward the ocean, ‘makai’, though you can't see it). 3. At the intersection of Kapālama and Bernice Streets, turn right. You should see the museum grounds on the left hand side of Bernice Street and the entrance is about 200 feet up the street (on your left).

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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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You can still support and donate! We're keeping our online fundraiser's "E Ulu A Paʻa" page open until the end of September. Any donation would be appreciated, and we're grateful for your kōkua. Supporters donating $25.00 or more will receive a sticker created exclusively for "E Ulu A Paʻa" by local designer Kris Goto (Art of Goto) (U.S. mailing addresses only). Kris began her career as a muralist in 2013, and throughout the past several years has worked on murals in various locations throughout Oʻahu, including at Bishop Museum on our "Plastic Free Pipeline” installation. Visit www.BishopMuseum.cbo.io to get her sticker before we run out! #EUluAPaa #BishopMuseum #HawaiisMuseum
My Grandmother Alice Carr de Creeft did the sculpture of David and his dog, who I guess liked to surf as well! I was wondering if anyone has any idea as to what happened to the sculpture?
I'd like to try to identify a lizard/gecko that comes out every afternoon onto my lanai (between 2-4 p.m.). It's body is about 5 inches, the tail another 5, from my perspective. It is gray. No distinguishinging markings anywhere I can see. However, today, for the first time (it must feel comfortable on my lanai), it showed a large red, outlined with yellow maybe, throat "comb" that it expanded at will. I have photos of it sitting still, but was unable to get a video of the throat comb. Any idea how I can figure out what it is? By the way, my house has LOTS of geckos. We have to clean up after them ALOT. Thanks in advance.
Hi there! Very curious about the Kāneikokala statue that "refuses" to be moved. Is there any more information on it beyond what's on the placard?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Reed_Bishop I am related to her thru her marriage to my 10th cousin three times removed, Charles Reed Bishop. :)
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Was the Moai monolith it the courtyard at the Bishop museum a replica or the real deal? What happened to it?
Beautiful day at Bishop Museum ❤
Today is my 7th Anniversary and one thing I like to do on special days is to see the historical events that happen on that day. I came across this and thought it was interesting 😊
Aloha! Yesterday I watched the full exhibit in Cascais, Portugal about their former ambassador visiting Japan where THEY called the Portugese for "barbarians". I thought that was interesting since the native Hawaiians were called the same by white visitors!
Aloha! Do you know if Princess Ka'iulani went to Portugal and stayed here too, besides to Britain? If so, when and where, and are there any notes about it that I could read in English?
Aloha! This conflict over building the telescope on Big Island, has been going on for a long time. Can you please point me to a source of reference about how it started and why the builders keep insisting when so many protest - why there?