This my last post today!
Last week, we went to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. It is Honolulu’s museum of science and culture, and I’ll tell you what. I liked it.
It was small, considering I come from a big metropolitan city with a museum that has a fancy, state-of-the-art planetarium and a lot of stuffed dead things, but it was focused, and I appreciated that. The exhibit covering Hawaiian history (in a recently renovated wing) was assembled in a very inviting and interesting way. It was divided into three floors covering ancient history, daily life, and the culture surrounding Ali’i (chiefs) and gods. All in all, I learned a lot and got to spend a beautiful, rainy day inside a cozy museum.
I had three favorite things. I only have pictures of one of those things, so let me tell you about the other two first.
1. The storyteller. We watched and listened an extremely talented actor tell the story of an old ali’i who was kind and just. It was awesome and he did a wonderful job of not breaking character despite the screaming baby whose mother appeared to be deaf.
2. In the science center (totally made for kids, but there weren’t any, so had the place to ourselves), there was a ridiculous, psychedelic, painted cave that did not teach me a damn thing, but perhaps I’m missing some of the nuances of Hawaiian history in black light. Either way, it was awesome and I liked it.
3. In the Hawaiian wing, on the first floor, there so many amazing statues of gods with brilliant facial expressions. I wanted them all for my house… at the same time, I want to make something similar myself. Here are some pictures.