Friday, June 26, 2009

Bishop Museum to Open Newly Restored Hawaiian Hall

Bishop Museum's newly restored Hawaiian Hall will reopen to the public with a two-day celebration on August 8 and 9 at the museum.

The Hawaiian Hall complex was built to house the founding collections of Bishop Museum and was constructed in three building phases from 1888 to 1903. Today, the complex is regarded as a masterwork of late Victorian museum design with a rare unchanged interior. The building is listed on the Hawaii State and National Register of Historic Places.

In 2005, the Bishop Museum commissioned an extensive inventory of the condition of the Hawaiian Hall complex, which precipitated an ambitious three year restoration project. The museum contracted with Heath Construction Services for the project management, Mason Architects for architectural design, and Constructors Hawai‘i for the construction work.

Hawaiian Hall and Picture Gallery project began August 21, 2006 and included:
  • Building a new atrium lobby;
  • Renovation and restoration of Hawaiian Hall and Picture Gallery;
  • Installation of a new elevator, encased in a koa-paneled tower;
  • Restored cast iron columns; and
  • Refinished and retrofitted exhibition cases.

The restoration of Hawaiian Hall and the picture gallery received Historic Hawaii Foundation's Preservation Honor Award in 2009.

The grand reopening celebration will take place on August 8 and 9 at the Bishop Museum. Updates on the reopening weekend schedule of events and additional information can be found at or by calling (808)847-3511.