Bishop Museum extension opens at Kalia Tower

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 Hawaiian Sounds.

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.

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