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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bishop Museum offers free admission on Jan. 25

Advertiser Staff

Bishop Museum is offering free admission to kama‘āina and military guests on Jan. 25 in celebration of its founder, Charles Reed Bishop. Valid photo identification is required. Regular admission applies for all other visitors.

According to a press release from the museum: Bishop was born in 1822 in Glens Falls, New York. At 24, he arrived in Hawai'i, where he fell in love with and wed Princess Bernice Pauahi Pāki. During his time in Hawai'i, Bishop was a consultant and privy councilor to five generations of Hawaiian monarchs from 1859 to 1892; a legislator and government official of the Kingdom of Hawai'i; and one of Hawai'i's greatest philanthropists. He was one of the first trustees of and largest donors to the Kamehameha Schools and was the founder of First Hawaiian bank.
Following the passing of the princess, Bishop founded the museum in her honor to care for her possessions and the other ali‘i treasures. In 1894, Bishop left Hawai'i to make a new life in San Francisco, where he resided until his death in 1915. In accordance with Bishop’s expressed wish, his ashes were returned to Hawai'i and interred in the Kamehameha Tomb at Mauna ‘Ala beside his wife.
Among the museum’s current exhibits:
• Learn more about Bishop in the Founder's Alcove in the Castle Memorial Building.
• Ka Lei Pāpale, on the 2nd floor of the Castle Memorial Building. The exhibition features Bishop Museum’s 19th and 20th century hat collection alongside contemporary hats crafted by artists of today.
• Ho‘olaulole: The Joy of Wearable Art, in the Joseph M. Long Gallery. The exhibit features fashion pieces created by Native Hawaiian visual art students and some of the most cutting-edge artists of today. The exhibit also features full body adornment, from clothing to jewelry.
Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; it is closed on Tuesdays. To learn more about Bishop Museum’s exhibits, programs, activities, admission and other information: visit www.bishopmuseum.org or call 847-3511.