Annual Fundraiser

E Ulu A Pa‘a—highlights the stories, people, and partners that contribute to our continued growth (ulu) and make it possible for the Museum to build a solid foundation (paʻa), as we continue to pursue our mission and serve our local and global community. 


Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian objects and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of objects, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures. 

Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.

Mission: Bishop Museum inspires our community and visitors through the exploration, celebration, and perpetuation of the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

Our Partners

Mahalo Nui Loa to the artists, cultural practitioners and local businesses who have generously donated their time and talent to help make this fundraiser possible:

Artifact Hawai'i
Billy Richards
Bishop Museum Press
Chef Mark Noguchi, Under My Umbrella, INC.
Dean Hamer
Ethan Estess
G. ʻUmi Kai
Highway Inn

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
Joe Wilson
Jules Bly
Kaʻiulani Murphy
Kona Salt Farm by Sea Salts of Hawai’i
Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts
Mark "Devour" Visaya

Na Maka Kahiko
Parley Hawai'i
Pumehana Crafts Hawaiʻi
Robin Appasamy
Terry Klerlein
The SSA Group
Turtle Bay Resort

A special Mahalo to Mark “Devour” Visaya, who created the design for our auction, titled "Unity". As Mark explained: “The inspiration for this piece was to convey the feeling of dedication and strength that communities express through difficult times and how by working together we can overcome any obstacle.”  

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