Library & Archives

Cover Image: Detail of mele inoa “Pauahi ʻo Kalani,” composed in 1868 for Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop by her hānai sister Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha (later Queen Liliʻuokalani). Liliʻuokalani Collection, Bishop Museum Archives. SM 215871.

Bishop Museum Library & Archives is a source and center for Hawaiian and Pacific Island creativity and scholarship, recognized internationally for its rich, varied, and irreplaceable collections of published and primary source materials. Library & Archives staff care for and provide access to published works, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, oral histories, sound recordings, moving images, and maps. With collections that connect all Bishop Museum departments, the Library & Archives is also dedicated to the preservation of our institutional history.

Library & Archives blogs feature our collections and the work being done in our department. Here you can explore mele (Hawaiian poetic compositions) on our Welo Hou blog and follow the nūpepa (Hawaiian language newspapers) project on our He Aupuni Palapala blog.

Cover Image: Detail of mele inoa “Pauahi ʻo Kalani,” composed in 1868 for Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop by her hānai sister Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha (later Queen Liliʻuokalani). Liliʻuokalani Collection, Bishop Museum Archives. SM 215871.

Duke Kahanamoku Wins Gold Medal in Swimming

On this day in 1912, Hawaiʻi’s legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku swam the 100-meter freestyle in his first Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Credited with introducing a new swimming style to the world, Duke’s powerful kick and full stroke won him his first gold medal in this event and a silver medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

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Patience Namaka Wiggin

Home Page He Hoʻālohaloha no Patience Elmay Namakauahoaokawenaulaokalaniikiikikalaninui Wiggin Bacon. An expression of aloha for our dear Aunty Pat who left on the path of

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Winter Waves

Roger Coryell, February 1947. Bishop Museum Archives.Roger Coryell, December 31, 1951. Bishop Museum Archives. Previous Next Winter Waves By: DeSoto Brown Storms over the Pacific

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Duke Kahanamoku Wins Gold Medal in Swimming

On this day in 1912, Hawaiʻi’s legendary waterman Duke Kahanamoku swam the 100-meter freestyle in his first Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Credited with introducing a new swimming style to the world, Duke’s powerful kick and full stroke won him his first gold medal in this event and a silver medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Read More »

Patience Namaka Wiggin

Home Page He Hoʻālohaloha no Patience Elmay Namakauahoaokawenaulaokalaniikiikikalaninui Wiggin Bacon. An expression of aloha for our dear Aunty Pat who left on the path of

Read More »

Winter Waves

Roger Coryell, February 1947. Bishop Museum Archives.Roger Coryell, December 31, 1951. Bishop Museum Archives. Previous Next Winter Waves By: DeSoto Brown Storms over the Pacific

Read More »

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