$2 Million Released for Energy-Efficient Improvements at Bishop Museum

bishop museumHONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui today visited the Bishop Museum to announce the release of $2 million in capital improvement grant funds for the nonprofit museum.

Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will finance energy-efficiency improvements at the Bishop Museum’s Pauahi Hall, Jabulka Building Complex and Hale Kini Building. Improvements include replacement of louvered windows with sealed panes; duct work and installation of new heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment; and replacement of window units with a centralized unit.

“In addition to saving money and energy, this project will create a more consistent environment for the museum’s fragile collections with a more constant temperature and humidity level,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “We must do everything we can to protect these irreplaceable cultural treasures and resources of knowledge and education for the people of Hawaii.”

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui said: “For generations, Hawaii residents of all ages visited the Bishop Museum to learn and study. It’s important that we do our part in helping to provide an ideal environment that’ll preserve the museum’s collections for years to come.”

Pauahi Hall houses most of the museum’s Natural Sciences Collection, which includes entomology, zoology and botany. The Jabulka Building Complex houses the planetarium, gift shop, cafe and storage areas in the basement.

Founded in 1889, the Bishop Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to study, preserve and recount the cultures and natural history of Hawaii and the Pacific. The museum was designated as the Hawaii State Museum of Natural and Cultural History in 1988. With more than 24 million catalogued objects in its cultural and natural collections, the Bishop Museum is among the top five natural history museums in the country and top 10 in the world.