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Hawaiian Hall re-opens at Bishop Museum

Tim Johns Tim Johns
Betty Kam Betty Kam
Kara Rittenhouse Kara Rittenhouse

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Full of Hawaiian artifacts, a double hull canoe and a 50-foot sperm whale, Bishop Museum has completed renovations on its premier gallery.

In a place honoring Hawaii's heritage, this celebration begins with a march, followed by a Hawaiian Cultural ceremony.

Then the doors to Hawaiian Hall open, as hundreds walk through to see the results of its first major renovation in more than a century.

"We believe the re-opening of the hall to be a present day tribute to both the glorious past and future of the Hawaiian people," said Tim Johns president Bishop Museum.

Restoration of Hawaiian Hall took three years and cost nearly 20-million dollars. It now has air conditioning, temperature and humidity control and monitored light levels necessary to help preserve the hundreds of Hawaiian artifacts.

"Putting it on display in a way that actually also preserves it and shares it and lets it be appreciated was important," said Betty Kam director of cultural resources Bishop Museum.

3 floors represent special realms of Hawaiian culture. Visitors are fascinated the moment they enter the hall.

"It's real amazing to come and see and to show the kids and have them experience Hawaiian culture," said visitor Kara Rittenhouse

"Hawaiian culture actually lives within each one who takes a part of it and makes it alive, and that's the role of the museum, to take what we know and make it alive for other people," said Betty Kam.

And by preserving history, through the restoration of Hawaiian Hall, future generations will be able to learn what life in our islands was like in the past.

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