Museums in Hawaii
How much importance a nation gives to its history and culture is best measured by the Museums in its country. Hawaii has been a place with cultural values and traditions. People of Hawaii have great respect for their culture and traditions and that’s the reason why they have built museums throughout the islands to preserve their historic artifacts and cultural values.
Bishop museum(Honolulu) has one of the greatest collections of historical and natural artifacts from the Hawaiian islands .It was founded by Charles Bishop on the will of her wife who used to collect the precious artifacts. You need almost one whole day to see the collection here which includes millions of local insect and fish specimen, seashells, and plants .The historical pictures of local culture, important local personalities which gives a very brief insight into the culture and life at the Hawaiian Islands. 50 foot whale skeleton and the “Hawaiian Origins” are the main causes of attractions in the Bishop Museum. ”Hawaiian Origins” is an artificially made tunnel which takes you to deep ocean and there you can enjoy the interior of a volcano. The second version of Bishop museum is located in the Kalia tower in Waikiki. It is a small museum but contains much of the historical artifacts which range from ancient times to today. There are many attractions for the kids where they can watch surfing movies and watch the local drums made from shark skin. In the museum, these artifacts are placed in such a manner that the difference in the lifestyles of the people of the ancient times and the twenty-first century becomes very evident.
The mission house museum at Honolulu is another historic museum with three historic mission buildings, which tell about the cultural change story at the Hawaii in the nineteenth century. Whether you have any interest in the navy or not but you will not want to miss the chance to see the Pearl Harbor Avenger, the submarine famous for its attack on the Japanese in the world war 2 and other world war 2 artifacts. To watch these historical submarines, you must visit Bowfin Museum. One of the most admirable museum, famous for its more than five thousand pieces, which has been recently inaugurated in the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu is the Hawaii State art museum. You can find the artistic work of the local Hawaiian artists. Contemporary Museum in Honolulu’s Residential communities is another famous place for its galleries displaying the historic work from the past forty years.
There is another Holy Museum dedicated to the services of Father Damien, a local known identity, for his services to the people of Molokai Island. You cannot miss the things those were personally used by Father Damien during his era. The entry to this museum is free. As far as the activities related to fine-arts are concerned, the only museum specially made for fine-arts is the Honolulu Academy of arts. The major attraction of this museum is its award-winning architecture and historic art works it contains from Hawaiian artists.
IF you are interested in knowing the history of water sports in Hawaii, then there is not a better place than the North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum in Oahu. You will see the boards used by the local famous surfers, beach movie posters and classic award-winning photographs of surfing. As some parts of the Hawaii have been hit by Tsunamis earth quakes, the PACIFIC TSUNAMI MUSEUM contains the important artifacts related to the tsunamis. The visitors can listen and watch the stories of these incidents hitting the islands.