Mu­se­ums

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BISHOP MU­SEUM  In Honolulu’s Kal­ihi district, this re­cently ren­o­vated mu­seum is the world’s most sig­nif­i­cant repos­i­tory of Pa­cific and Poly­ne­sian ar­ti­facts, with more than twenty-five mil­lion find­ings in its col­lec­tion. The mu­seum is more than 100 years old and in­cludes a plan­e­tar­ium and sci­ence cen­ter, the newly ren­o­vated Hawai­ian Hall, and pre­cious ar­ti­facts from pre­con­tact times. www.bish­op­mu­seum.org. 1525 Ber­nice St., 808.847.3511. HAWAII ARMY MU­SEUM  Heli­copters, tanks and va­cant bunkers can be ex­plored at this for­mer fort in the heart of Waikiki. The struc­ture now houses a mu­seum that tells the military story of Hawaii, from an­cient times to the Gulf War and the cur­rent war in Iraq. Free ad­mis­sion, hiarmy­mu­se­um­soc.org/ new_de­sign/in­dex2.htm. 2131 Kalia Road, 808.438.2819. HAWAII STATE ART MU­SEUM HISAM  HiSAM fea­tures col­lec­tions that pro­motes Hawaii’s his­tory and cul­ture; open Tues­days-Satur­days 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On the first Fri­day of each month, HiSAM opens for First Fri­day Down­town Gallery Walk. Guests can view ex­hibits and en­joy live per­for­mances from 6 - 9 p.m. Ev­ery sec­ond Satur­day, pro­fes­sional artists lead hands-on art ac­tiv­i­ties from 11 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Ev­ery last Tues­day, HiSAM hosts a noon­time artist lec­ture se­ries. Ad­mis­sion is free. Do­na­tions are ac­cepted. hawaii.gov/sfca/. No. 1 Cap­i­tal District Build­ing, 250 S. Ho­tel St., 808.586.0300. HAWAII’S PLAN­TA­TION VIL­LAGE  Step back in time when sugar was king in the Is­lands at this out­door mu­seum show­cas­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of Hawaii’s mi­grant plan­ta­tion work­ers. hawai­iplan­ta­tionvil­lage.org. 94- 695 Waipahu Street, 808.677.0110. HONOLULU MU­SEUM OF ART Hawaii’s fine arts mu­seum with a col­lec­tion of 60,000+ works, and its ma­jor strengths are in Asian art, Euro­pean and Amer­i­can paint­ing and graphic and dec­o­ra­tive arts. The mu­seum’s Hawai­ian col­lec­tions con­tain pieces from the time of the first Euro­pean con­tact in Hawaii to today. Closed Mon­days. hon­olu­lu­mu­seum.org. 900 S. Bere­ta­nia St., 808.532.8700. JA­PANESE CUL­TURAL CEN­TER OF HAWAII  Hawaii’s im­mi­grant his­tory has deep seeded deep roots in Asia. Since the first wave of im­mi­grants came from Ja­pan in the 1800s, Hawaii has em­braced them and their cul­ture. At the Ja­panese Cul­tural Cen­ter of Hawaii, their mis­sion is to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the Ja­panese Amer­i­can cul­ture in the Is­lands. The Cen­ter has five lev­els and is made up of the His­tor­i­cal Gallery ex­hibit, com­mu­nity Gallery, Gift Shop, ban­quet hall, meet­ing rooms and a mar­tial arts dojo where kendo, karate, aikido and nag­i­nata are prac­ticed. jcch.com. 2454 S. Bere­ta­nia St., 808.945.7633. MIS­SION HOUSES MU­SEUM  In­cludes three mis­sions houses that served as homes and work­places of the first Chris­tian mis­sion­ar­ies in Hawaii. A li­brary con­tains the ear­li­est books printed in the Hawai­ian lan­guage, and vis­it­ing ex­hi­bi­tions show­case Amer­i­can his­tory. mis­sion­houses.org. 553 S. King St., 808.447.3910. SHANGRI LA Doris Duke’s artis­tic vi­sion is now open to the pub­lic. She called her Black Point res­i­dence Shangri-La and it lives up to its name in ev­ery way. The art­work that is show­cased here is cat­e­go­rized as Is­lamic, and was pur­chased by Duke dur­ing her trips to the Mid­dle East. The 2.5-hour tour takes you from room to room and then through the gar­dens. See how this el­e­gant Amer­i­can To­bacco and Duke Elec­tric Com­pany heiress lived out her days in par­adise. shangri­la­hawaii.org. Honolulu Mu­seum of Art, 4055 Papu Cir­cle, Tours must be booked by ad­vance reser­va­tion, 808.734.1941.

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