Restoring Bishop Museum’s Hawaiian Hall
Hoʻi hou ka wena i Kaiwiʻula. Dawn’s golden glow returns to Kaiwiʻula. 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 aliʻi 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 Hawaiʻi’s most significant and iconic buildings. Bishop Museum’s founding collections contain the personal legacies and bequests of the royal Kamehameha and Kalākaua families, including those of the museum’s namesake Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani, 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 Ralph Appelbaum Associates approach to planning and design of the exhibitions, to the thoughts of consultants Davianna Pōmaikaʻi McGregor, Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio, and Samuel M. ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa Gon III on the three realms that make up the new exhibit framework of Hawaiian Hall.
Date of Publication: 2009
Size: 8.5 x 11 in.