Hilton Hawaiian Village to house artifacts exhibit

WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- The Hilton Hawaiian Village here is adding a Hawaiian cultural center with artifacts from the renowned Bishop Museum to its new 453-room Kalia Tower, which is scheduled for completion in the spring.

The Bishop Museum at Kalia, set to open in May, will have indoor and outdoor areas totaling 8,500 square feet.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Admission will be $11.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under age 4 will be admitted free.

According to the hotel, the museum will tell the story of Hawaiian history in Waikiki through artifacts, cultural interpreters and presentations of music and dance.

Artifacts will include ancient surfboards and feather capes used by Hawaiian royalty.

One of the exhibits will be a story of how Polynesians migrated to Hawaii.

It will continue with a story on the daily life of the Hawaiians, which includes fishing, farming and recreation.

Another exhibit will focus on Hawaii's King David Kalakaua and the Hawaiian monarchy from 1795 to 1893.

An activity area will offer a tour of a garden containing native Hawaiian plants, with an explanation of how they were used for food and medicine. It also will feature a Hawaiian Stars and Skies demonstration that will show guests how the Polynesians used the stars to navigate the ocean.

A Hawaiian Sounds demonstration will employ sharkskin drums, gourd drums, nose flutes and rattles.

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