Bishop Museum to cut jobs and hours

Honolulu's Bishop Museum has announced it would reduce staff and visitor hours starting May 1 in order to cut costs during the economic downturn.

"This decision was and remains very difficult," Bishop Museum President and CEO Timothy Johns said in a statement. "With recent cuts in state funding, loss of income from investments and a continued decline in nonresident visitors, the museum must adjust to reduce its operating expenses. Although the economic climate creates many uncertainties, we are committed to continuing to serve the community and provide world-class programs, research and exhibits."

The announcement specified three cutbacks: closing the museum to the public on Tuesdays; temporarily ceasing its public operations at the Hawaii Maritime Center in Honolulu Harbor; and layoffs and staff furloughs. The statement did not say how many of the museum's 215 employees would lose their jobs or be placed on furlough.

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