The Bishop Museum focuses on Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and has a science center great for families. The twice daily hot lava show is worth planning your visit around. The current exhibit on the Gannenmono, or Japanese plantation workers, is excellent. All of this is worthy of a 5 star review.
Like most reviewers, I tend to error on the positive side, giving an average review of 4+ stars. But how can recent reviewers ignore the parking situation? Paying $5 for parking is fine, but cueing up for a single parking machine is too much. No attendant - just one machine.
First, park and write down or memorize your license plate. Next, enter the plate number into the machine, then swipe your credit card (no cash accepted and there is a 30 cents handling fee). Finally, place the paid receipt on the dashboard. Imagine coming on a weekend instead of midweek, and standing in the rain behind someone(s) using a parking machine for the first time. 24 million artifacts dragged down by a "pound-foolish" museum board. Find another way to raise funds.
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