FIELD TRIP! At The Bishop Museum

Aloha guys
We went on a field trip with work to do some research for our upcoming company created piece, to specifically check out the Hawaiian immigration exhibition.

 As a tourist it is a great place to go!
We were lucky and got in for free because one of our actors works there part time. It was a lovely day and I was excited, sadly we didn’t get to see the whole place, because we had rehearsals after.
  What’s great is that there are free tours and demonstrations going on all the time, and we were instructed in a seated hula, or Hule Nei, which was really cool, and you can check the daily shcedule for things like that HERE
             Having fun in the elevator.

 Moses was showing us the Hala tree, and the Hala flower/plant thingymibob that one make a Hala Lei from, (we are currently working on devising a scene called ‘every Lei has its story’ where loads of Lei’s are meeting at a Lei convention and discussing who’s the best Lei.) LEI being the flower necklace that you are given when you arrive Hawai’i, or on your birthday, wedding, graduation, celebration etc.

 Here’s the Hala tree. It’s weird. But beautiful.

So, after the doing the sitting hula, we went to the exhibition, where I only took notes and no potographs. The exhibition was good, but it was mostly focused on the Japanese immigration, probably because Hawai’i is majorly influenced by the Japanese culture, and they were one of the first and largest numbers to arrive here. 
So the exhibition was interesting but not very helpful to us as we need to know about all the nationalities. I’m gonna blog about this later, because as of now I have gathered some fun and helpful information.

  These staff-looking things with feathers on top are called Kahili’s and are a visual reminder of a persons importance. As you see, there are paintings of different important people on the walls, and their Kahili’s are next to them, that would be carried by a Kahili bearer.
I asked, “What? Why..? What is the point of them?”
And my mates said that it was a symbol like the banner of a kingdom that is carried in front of the army when they go to war, but every individual has their own. The fancier person, the fancier Kahili. And sometimes when you line up to see a parade, you can’t see the important person, but at least you’ll see their Kahili! Haha.

 Here are some special Lei’s made by Whales teeth and Shark teeth. They were made by and for important people like warrior chiefs, politicians and royalty.

 Like this one, made of REAL HAIR, has a big tooth that they carved out so it would look like a tongue. And I believe it belonged to Queen Emma.

 I thought it was funny that they had a massive Whale model hanging from the ceiling. They have one at The Natural History Museum in London too. That’s like one of the highlight’s

“Wanna go see the big whale?”
“Hell Yeah.”
“Oh, that’s cool!”
“Yeah! Now, let’s have lunch!”

 Moses sharing all his knowledge with us. This man know’s ALOT.

 Now this is apparently a famous story about a special hook, that EVERYBODY knows about, so there is no point telling us about it (Great. Feeling PRETTY foreign) but here, is the supposed Special hook.

 A Lei made of Seashells. Apparently one of Emma’s as well. She put small trinkets and paper-slips with messages in each shell.

 Tooth lei’s again. 
 Fish hook made out of fish teeth. Ironic?

 A special piece of ‘cloth’ called muʻumuʻu (I THINK) a Hawaiian wrap-around skirt that was made with feathers, each sown in individually. I missed half of the speech, but apparently some man had it made for his wife but she died before she got to wear it, so it’s never been worn. 

*Steal. Wear.*

 Bad photo, I know. This is queen Emma. I think. Don’t remember now. TOO MUCH INFORMATION.

Sorry if this wasn’t a very informative blog, but hopefully it’s encouraged you to go if you ever come to Oahu! We had fun..! 
Check out their website
OH! And here are the admission prices;
Free Admission for Bishop Museum Members

General Admission
Senior, 65 & over: 
Child ages 4-12: 
Child, age 3 & under: 
Kama’aina/Military Admissions (ID req’d)
Children 3 and under: Free
Guest of Kama’aina/Military (sponsor’s ID req’d)Adult: $14.95
Children 3 and under: 
Group Rates* (available for groups of 10+ paid non-discount admissions)
  Adult $14.95
  Youths / Seniors $12.95
  Adults: $8.95
  Youths / Seniors $6.95

Groups may request a private docent for additional $3/per person

* Reservations with is required at least 24 hours in advance.
For Hawai‘i school group reservations please contact


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