Shane Nelson
Shane Nelson

The Bishop Museum will be using a $1.7 million grant from the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation to continue its major restoration of the Hawaiian Hall complex and to complete several upgrades to the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center.

"This grant is sorely needed, and Bishop Museum is extremely grateful to the Castle Foundation for its continued support of our exhibits and educational programs," said Timothy Johns, Bishop Museum president and CEO, in a statement.

"Over the years, the Castle Foundation has been one of the largest supporters of the museum and is an integral partner in many of the museum's most important initiatives in science, education and culture."

The Victorian-era Hawaiian Hall is more than 100 years old. Begun in July 2006, the hall's restoration is estimated to have cost about $21 million. Highly anticipated not only among regular Oahu visitors but also by generations of local museum patrons, the reopening is tentatively scheduled for summer.

The collection housed within the Hawaiian Hall is considered by many to be the most comprehensive examination of Hawaiian history found anywhere in the world.

"Bishop Museum is an irreplaceable resource for all the people of Hawaii," said Terry George, vice president and executive director of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. "To chart a strong future for our state, we must respect the natural forces that shaped our unique islands and appreciate how ancient Hawaiians forged a culture that kept our natural resources healthy.

"With the restoration of Hawaiian Hall and upgrades to the Science Adventure Center, the Museum will be in a position to become the primary center for educational explorations in culture and science for Hawaii."

A popular destination for Hawaii's schoolchildren, the Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center is full of hands-on exhibits that enable visitors to explore the wide range of natural phenomena continually shaping Hawaii's islands.

Crafted with a highly environmental theme, the 16,500-square-foot Science Center opened in 2005 and cost the Bishop Museum more than $17 million to complete.

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