One of our favorite ways to experience and learn about Hawaiian culture is to visit some of the island’s museums.
Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary ArtVisit Website
This east Hawai’i non-profit museum supports local arts & culture through exhibits, special events, and youth programs.
Hawai’i Plantation MuseumVisit Website
Located in the Old Plantation House built in 1900, this museum is incredibly rich with Hawaiian History and the story of the sugar plantion. View artifacts and hear stories from the plantation era and see how the sugar industry boosted the Hawaiian economy.
Hulihe’e PalaceVisit Website
This palace is the former summer home of Hawaiian royalty and is located in the town of Kailua-Kona off of Ali’I Drive. The palace was originally built of lava rocks in 1838. The palace has since been converted into a museum showcasing Hawaiian artifacts, ornaments, and significant pieces of furniture and art.
Lyman MuseumVisit Website
Learn about Hawaii’s culture and history at Hilo’s Lyman Museum. Be sure to tour the Mission House while at the museum which is Hawaii’s oldest wood frame building, built in 1839.
Mokupapapa Discovery CenterVisit Website
Located in historic Hilo, this center aims to educate visitors on Hawaii’s abundant underwater ecosystems. With its 3,500 gallon saltwater aquarium exhibits, and interactive experiences – you will be amazed at all the ocean activity that is taking place off the coast!
Pacific Tsunami MuseumVisit Website
This educational museum aims to teach visitors the powerful effects that tsunami’s have had, and continue to have, on Hawaii Island. This museum also serves as a tribute to those who have lost their lives due to tsunamis.