Laser light shows to debut at Bishop Museum’s planetarium

J. Watumull Planetarium (Photo: Bishop Museum)

Bishop Museum’s J. Watumull Planetarium will be presenting both matinee and evening laser light shows for a special limited engagement, Oct. 3, 2015 through Jan. 5, 2016.

This will be the first time laser light shows have ever been presented in a domed theater on Oahu.

The daytime programs will include Fright Light in October 2015, which features dazzling laser lights set in rhythm with familiar Halloween songs such as Frankenstein and Monster Mash. Laser Holidays will feature Christmas classics from The Nutcracker to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

In addition, matinees will include a showing of Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda, a charming retelling in laser light of the story of the constellations Perseus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia and Pegasus.

The matinees run between 30 and 45 minutes.

“The vivid colors and sheer brightness of laser light are far more intense than anything shown in a full dome video system,” said visitor experience and planetarium director Mike Shanahan. “While full dome video has changed the planetarium field and our own planetarium in wonderful ways, the experience of laser lights dancing to the music is just as great in 2015 as it was when laser shows were invented 40 years ago.”

The matinee program admission is a $5 add-on for each show, on top of general museum admission. Bishop Museum members pay $3 for matinee laser shows. Evening general admission prices are $10, youth evening admission (ages 4-12) is $7, and Bishop Museum member admission for evening programs is $5.

For the opening month, Oct. 3 through Nov. 1, there will be a special schedule.

Matinees (every day except Tuesdays):

  • 11 a.m. Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda, 3:30 p.m. Fright Light


  • Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Fright Light
  • Thursdays: 7 p.m. Fright Light, 8 p.m. Laser Beatles
  • Fridays: 8 p.m. Laser Zeppelin, 9:30 p.m. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
  • Saturdays: 5:30 p.m. Perseus and Andromeda, 7 p.m. Fright Light, 9:30 p.m. Pink Floyd’s The Wall

All of the above programs are laser light shows, including the Led Zeppelin program. The Led Zeppelin laser light show is different from the Led Zeppelin full-dome video program that has played recently in other domed theaters in the Hawaiian Islands.

Click here for more information and week-by-week schedules.

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