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Starting in June, Bishop Museum is presenting a lineup of historical exhibitions that will excite, educate, and entertain the entire family!  These exhibits will be on display for several months and you can spend as much time as you want but, be sure to set aside (at least) a couple of hours to wander through, absorb, respect and remember.

E Ku Ana Ka Paia:  Unification, Responsibility, and the Ku Images

Now – October 4th, Hawaiian Hall and J.M. Long Gallery

Bishop Museum, the British Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum are partnering to bring together the three largest Ku images in the world for a historic exhibition this summer.  It will be the first time in over 160 years that three traditional Ku images of this size and magnitude will be displayed alongside one another.


June 19th – September 6th, Castle Memorial Building

This exhibition provides a glimpse into the fascinating pasts of surfing, one of Hawaii’s gifts to the world.  The exhibit will feature archival images from Bishop Museum Archives along with historic surfboards from the Museum’s renowned collection of artifacts. Trace the historical transformation of surfing’s image through the centuries, from Polynesian myths of love to an account of an exotic “amusement” that presented nothing but “horror & destruction,” as well as recollections of surfing as a character-building activity and sometimes the test of one’s romantic interest.

Still Present Pasts:  Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War”

June 26th – September 12th, Castle Memorial Building

This is a multi-media exhibit of installation and performance art, documentary film and archival photographs, and oral histories that explores memories and legacies of the Korean War.  Embodying life stories of ordinary Korean Americans who experienced the war, the exhibit is a public space of remembering that breaks the silence about a tragic episode in U.S. and Korean history.


Open Wednesday to Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Christmas Day (December 25).

There is ample free parking on our campus.


Free Admission for Bishop Museum members

General – Adult $ 17.95
General – Senior, 65 & over $ 14.95
General – child (ages 4-12) $ 14.95
General – child (age 3 & under) Free

Special rates for kamaaina and military visitors are available with proper identification.

For more information … visit

3rd Annual Chinese Film Festival, June 1 – 30

In celebration of China, the Doris Duke Theatre brings you four exciting Hong Kong thrillers and two highly acclaimed Chinese films, as well as an illustrated lecture on the Silk Road.

Our Opening Reception on Saturday, June 5th includes live Chinese music performed by members of the University of Hawaii Chinese Music Ensemble. Delicious Chinese food will be available for purchase from Indigo Restaurant. The festivities begin at 6pm.

For more information, visit

Artwork credit for Chinese Film Festival Poster: Doug Ing

Bishop Museum recognizes major community partners with Free Admission on June 11thfor kamaaina and military

This Kamehameha Day, Bishop Museum admission will be waived for kamaaina and military visitors.  The free admission on Friday, June 11, 2010, is in recognition of two community partners who have shown incredible support of Bishop Museum programs and exhibits:  the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Hawaiian Airlines.

Visitors on June 11, 2010, will have the opportunity to witness a historic exhibition involving Bishop Museum, the British Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.  E Ku Ana Ka Paia:  Unification, Responsibility and the Ku Images will be on display from June 5, 2010 through October 4, 2010.  Derived from the prophecy chant of Kapihe, E Ku Ana Ka Paia literally meansThe Walls Shall Stand Firm.”  The three Ku images from each museum will be featured together in Hawaiian Hall, with a related interpretive display in the nearby J.M. Long Gallery

Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.  It is closed on Tuesdays and Christmas Day.  To learn more about Bishop Museum’s exhibits, programs, and activities, please visit or call (808) 847-3511.

What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Universe … June 19

Take a temperature reading of our Universe in this months Mauna Kea Skies with Dr. Glen  Petitpas from SMA.  What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Universe is the topic for this month’s program at Imiloa on Saturday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in the planetarium.

Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii is located at 600 Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to, or call (808) 969-9703.