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Hawaiian Hall Reopening, Member Preview, 7.Aug.2009

Hawaiian Hall Grand Reopening, Member Preview, Friday 7pm, August 7, 2009
Members and sponsors received an invitation to the Friday preview event of the new Hawaiian Hall. The actual reopening was scheduled for the next day, the Saturday, Aug. 8 2009 . Parking was completely taken by fortunate owners of a local parking pass. I was not one of them. We mortals/remote visitors were directed to a public school parking lot on the next street and walked back to the museum. The line was almost 200 yards/meters long, but it moved quickly. Organization was very good. We were issued time slot tickets and entered the museum in small groups in 15 minutes intervals. My ticket was for 7:15pm.

We were all waiting with great anticipation and we were not disappointed. The restoration of the Hawaiian Hall was a grand project by any standard and it was beautifully done. The hall has now a new exhibit on all 3 levels. A connecting passage and elevator between the Hawaiian and Polynesian Halls have been added. Between these both halls is now located the restored to its original look Picture Gallery.

This is what the Hawaiian Hall looked like before... The great skeleton of a sperm whale is still hanging from the ceiling, now accompanied by a Hawaiian canoe and several other models of maritime fauna. The probably visually first noted changes are the missing stage from the ground floor. The columns are now dark, complementing the warm color of the wood. A colorful contemporary artwork decorates the entire wall to the right of the main entrance.

Patrons of the museum were invited to a special reception. Refreshments were provided to all visitors in a series of tents placed on the museums lawn. All halls and buildings were open.




n8655 The waiting line
n8655 The waiting line
n8658 At the entrance
n8658 At the entrance
n8660 Through the gift shop
n8660 Through the gift shop
n8661 Still waiting in line
n8661 Still waiting in line
n8662 Time slot tickets were issued
n8662 Time slot tickets were issued
n8664 Waiting to enter
n8664 Waiting to enter
n8666 My first view of the new Hawaiian Hall
n8666 My first view of the new Hawaiian Hall
n8667 New look of the right wall
n8667 New look of the right wall
n8668 Model of a Heiau
n8668 Model of a Heiau
n8669 Two Ki'i as a new center
n8669 Two Ki'i as a new center
n8714 Hawaiian Capes
n8714 Hawaiian Capes
n8681 Outlook from rear 2nd level
n8681 Outlook from rear 2nd level
n8682 New passage to Polynesian Hall
n8682 New passage to Polynesian Hall
n8685 3rd Level: Government and Gods
n8685 3rd Level: Government and Gods
n8687 Outlook from the top level
n8687 Outlook from the top level
n8690 The Bayonet Constitution
n8690 The Bayonet Constitution
n8691 Kamehameha I
n8691 Kamehameha I
n8692 3rd level exhibit
n8692 3rd level exhibit
n8693 The new hall
n8693 The new hall
n8700 This was the outside of the building
n8700 This was the outside of the building
n8703 History of the Picture Gallery
n8703 History of the Picture Gallery
n8704 Restored Picture Gallery
n8704 Restored Picture Gallery
n8705 Painting of the Bishop Residence
n8705 Painting of the Bishop Residence
n8708 Recreation of a Hawaiian Feathercape
n8708 Recreation of a Hawaiian Feathercape
n8710 Reception for the patrons
n8710 Reception for the patrons
n8711 Reception for the members
n8711 Reception for the members
n8719 The Science Wing
n8719 The Science Wing
n8720 Bishop Museum on Aug. 7 event
n8720 Bishop Museum on Aug. 7 event