Restoring Bishop Museum's Hawaiian Hall

ISBN: 978-1-58178-097-0
Price: $9.95
Date of Publication: 2009
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 48
Binding: paper


Ho'i hou ka wena Kaiwi'ula. Dawn's golden glow returns to Kaiwi'ula. The world's premier showcase of Hawaiian history and culture, Hawaiian Hall has long been at the heart of Bishop Museum. For more than a century, it has housed the museum's most beloved and priceless artifacts, those closest to the museum's ali'i roots. Five generations of children have glimpsed their heritage for the first time inside this great hall. Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Hawai'i's most significant and iconic buildings. Bishop Museum's foundin collections contain the personal legacies and bequests of the royal Kamehameha and Kalakaua families, including those of the museum's namesake Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Princess Ruth Ke'elikolani, and Queen Emma. For the past one hundred and twenty years, the museum has served as the keeper of these Hawaiian cultural treasures and displayed many of them inside Hawaiian Hall. The newly restored Hawaiian Hall is a profound tribute to these treasures, from the sheer magnificence of the restored architecture to the richly woven stories told through the exhibits. This collection of essays provides a variety of perspectives on the Hawaiian Hall restoration project--from architect Glenn Mason's view on the structural renovations and Melanie Ide's piece on the Raplph Appelbaum Associates approach to planning and design of the exhibitions, to the thoughts of consultants Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, and Samuel M. 'Ohukani'ohi'a Gon III on the three realms that make up the new exhibit framework of Hawaiian Hall.

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