Bishop Museum marks its namesake's birthday

Published: Dec. 18, 2011 at 7:01 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2011 at 9:17 PM HST
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Noelle Kahanu
Noelle Kahanu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Monday is the 180th anniversary of the birth of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The Bishop Museum marked the anniversary a day early with a special program in her honor.

The program included performances by Kaleo Trinidad's Hâlau Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka Lâ from Kamehameha Schools and the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club, along with a talk by museum historian DeSoto Brown.

Princess Pauahi was the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. Her husband, Charles Reed Bishop, founded the Bishop Museum in 1889 in her memory to preserve the Hawaiian culture and heritage.

"Especially at this time of the year, when we celebrate our friends, our family, that we're really filled with that generosity of spirit and compassion and love," said Noelle Kahanu, the museum's director of community affairs. "These are all things that Princess Pauahi really embodied."

The museum offered free admission Sunday to local residents and military personnel to mark the birthday, as it has in the past. However, Kahanu said it was the first time the museum has had a program to honor the Princess.

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