Rebuilding History at the Bishop Museum

Pomaikai Kanaiaupio-Crozier
Pomaikai Kanaiaupio-Crozier

By Walter Makaula

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The last known authentic hawaiian house is being rebuilt at the Bishop Museum.

The rebuilding of this house is important because there is no other like it in existence.

The house was taken apart in 2006, so the museum's Hawaiian Hall could undergo renovations.

On Tuesday, a team of workers learned to use native fabricating techniques to help rebuild the home.

They made their own cordage to attach the walls and roof of the house together.

And they grew their own pili grass for the thatching of the rooftop.

"Being that this hale was 104 years in the museum, 50 years prior to that coming out of the Na Pali Coast on Kaua'i, and so it being disassembled was an opportunity for all of us in Hawaii and as Hawaiians, to see the behind the scenes of what the original resource was and original method was done in 1902," said Pomaikai Kanaiaupio-Crozier of the Bishop Museum.

The house was built sometime before 1800, and abandoned for some time before being acquired by the Bishop Museum.

At the time, it cost the museum just $370 to relocate.