WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- An extension of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu
opened in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kalia Tower in Waikiki.
The Bishop Museum at Kalia features Hawaiian weapons made from
sharks' teeth, Hawaiian crafts, surfboards, tools, clothes, musical
instruments, fishing implements, historical photos and a re-created
royal bedroom from the islands' monarchy days.
The museum had a soft opening Aug. 1 with about half of the
exhibits ready. A grand opening is set for Sept. 13.
Museum docents give guided tours included in the admission
price. There also are numerous interactive cultural demonstrations
with museum staff, including one on musical instruments called
In Hawaiian Sounds, docents demonstrate the use of nose flutes
for courting rituals, drums for keeping time during chants or hula,
and rattles, also for hula.
Docents also will give visitors a guided tour of native Hawaiian
plants in a garden outside the museum.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is
$11.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 4 to 12. Admission is
valid all day with unlimited visits.
For more information, call the Bishop Museum at (808) 847-8210
or check the Web at www.bishopmuseum.org.