Founder of Bishop Museum’s birthday celebrated

Kama’aina and military members received free admission to Bishop Museum Sunday as its way of recognizing the birthday of its founder Charles Reed Bishop.

A celebration was held today in the museum’s Hawaiian Hall.

Charles Reed Bishop, husband of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, was born on this day in 1822.

They wanted to build a museum, but she passed away on Oct. 16, 1884. Five years later in 1889, he established the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Its first registered visitor was Queen Lili’uokalani.

Tatiana Fox, kumu hula of Kamehameha Middle School, said “it was Princess Pauahi’s husband, Mr. Bishop, who decided that we needed to open up elementary and middle school, so for middle school, it’s a huge significance and we are very appreciative of Mr. Bishop. If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t be here.”

Bishop opened the museum with about 6,000 items. It now has more than 26 million.

Charles Reed Bishop also established Hawaii’s first bank, now known as First Hawaiian Bank.

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