The Bishop Museum had a luau last night for The Western Museum Association (WMA) and a wonderful night it was.
One of the charter schools presented the children to give a welcoming oli in Hawaiian. If you double-click on the photo and look to the left you will see a number of lei on a poll which the children then took and gave out to the conference participants.
After the lei’s were handed out then everyone began to eat and many then went into the museum.
Having forgotten my name tag I had to wear a kihe so that participants would know I was part of the staff who was giving tours. . What do you think? Do you think the could see me coming?
As the sun was setting the whole campus took on a different look from what we are used to seeing during the day. Of course I had y trusty camera in my pocket and so went off to try to get some photos on a wing and a prayer without a tripod.
Bishop Museum was built on what was once Kamehameha school. If you have not heard of this school it was built for children of Hawaiian decent. Bernice Pauahi Bishop who was the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha left thousands of acres of land to be utilized to make money to build this school. It was her wishes stated in her will that a board of trustees be set up to manage the land. And manage this land they did. The school is a premium private school with anything and everything that a child would need to be educated.
Anyway since the school was first built here the museum was built here too so that the children could come to the museum and see all of the things that had been created by their ancestors. That is why we still call the area the museum is on a campus.
Bishop Hall is the only building left from the original school that has since moved up to Kapalama Hights above the museum. I thought the now empty, dilapidated inside, but still quite a wonderful piece of architecture, looked appropriate in this light. If you have a lot of money sitting around and would like to help restore it I’m sure the museum would be happy to receive it. Down the Garden Path
So as the sun sank slowly into the west and the lights shone through the trees, I made my way back to the museum where a wonderful night at the museum was had by all.
If you would like to read about the Western Museum Association (WMA) here is a link you can go to. http://www.westmuse.org/