Get a rare peek of the Bishop Museum during a behind-the-scenes tour
By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser
July 7, 2019
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COURTESY JESSE STEPHEN, BISHOP MUSEUM
Hawaiian Hall Tour participants are given time to explore Hawaiian Hall on their own. Dating back to 1889, when Bishop Museum opened, this exhibit area covers the different realms of Hawaii: Kai Akea, which represents the Hawaiian gods, legends and beliefs of pre-contact Hawaii; Wao Kanaka, focuses on where people live and work and the importance of the land and nature in daily life; and Wao Lani, the realm inhabited by the gods, where they learn about the alii (monarchy) and key events in Hawaiian history.
COURTESY HAL LUM AND MASAYO SUZUKI, BISHOP MUSEUM
Detail of an 18th-century ahuula (cloak) made of olona fiber and red iiwi feathers, yellow and black oo feathers, and white and gray koae kea feathers that tour goers might see. It was possibly made for a chief of Kauai.
COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM
Cultural-Collections The Ethnology staff shows a Hawaiian kapa pa‘u (bark cloth skirt) to visitors on the Behind the Scenes Tour. This piece, purchased by the museum from the American Boards of Commissioners for Foreign Mission in 1895, consists of five layers. The top layer, or kilohana (visible here), is made of the bast of the wauke (paper mulberry) beaten into a thin cloth, dyed yellow and decorated with red and black designs.
COURTESY TRAVIS OKIMOTO, BISHOP MUSEUM
Tour participants time to explore Hawaiian Hall on their own.