The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu

Bishop Museum Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop as a memorial to his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct descendant of King Kamehameha I. The original collections were based largely on the royal family heirlooms. Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world's largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. The collections consist of over 2.4 million Pacific and Hawaiian artifacts; 14 million insect specimens; 6 million marine and lands shells; 490,000 plant specimens; 500,000 marine invertebrates; 130,000 fish specimens; 85,000 bird and mammal specimens; and over 1 million historic photographs, documentary art and films; and a library of 115,000 bound volumes

Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu

Honolulu Acadamy of Art Honolulu Academy of Arts was chartered in 1922 by Anna Rice Cooke who desired to share her love for the arts with the children of Honolulu and Hawaii. Since the doors of the Academy opened in April of 1927, the Academy has steadily grown to become Hawaii’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, boasting a permanent collection of over 40,000 works of art from cultures around the world.

'Iolani Palace, Honolulu

'Iolani Palace 'Iolani Palace is the only true royal palace in the United States and the last official residence of the kings and queens who ruled Hawaii. King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani completed the palace in 1882. The design of the palace was influenced by King Kalakaua's world travels and was the first to be equipped with telephones and electric lights. It served as the monarch residence until the dethronement of Queen Lili'uokalani in 1893 by American businessmen. The Queen surrendered to the United States to prevent the bloodshed of her people and hence, Hawaii became a territory of the U.S. The building then served as the Capitol, first for the Territory and then the State. The new State Capitol was built in 1969 and the palace was restored to its royal grandeur.

Kaua'i Museum, Lihue

Kauai Museum The Kaua'i Museum is the cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creativie spirit of today's artists.

The Museum houses a permanent collection of ancient Hawaiiain artifacts such as poi pounders, pohaku, calabashes, and tapa; contains some 5000 photographs of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau dating from 1890-2003; and provides historical data, glass plate negatives, albums, postcards, and plantation records which are also available for viewing. The gift shop offers and extensive book collection, unique Hawaiian crafts, Ni'ihau shell leis, and vintage collectibles.

Lyman Museum, Hilo

Lyman Museum The Lyman museum features collections of seashells and minerals that are world-wide in scope, ancient art of China, artists of Hawai'i, and changing special exhibitions. The Lyman Mission House is the oldest wooden structure on the Island of Hawaii and one of the oldest in the State. It features furniture, tools, household items and artifacts used by the Lyman family and other early missionaries.