Hawaii’s small state-size still boasts a number of diverse and noteworthy museums. From living museums to ancient Hawaiian and Islamic art, Hawaii’s museum offerings span a variety of art styles and types. Here is a shortlist of the best museums in the state.
Hawaii is home to important observatories and some of the world’s most technologically advanced telescopes. The summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island offers the clearest view of the night sky anywhere on the planet. This is mostly due to significant altitude, low humidity, and minimal light pollution. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and offers visitors a look at the origins of our cosmos, Hawaiian navigation techniques, and a rotating planetarium show.
The sugar industry and the “big five”—Castle & Cooke, C. Brewer & Co., H. Hackfeld & Co., Theo H. Davies & Co., and Alexander & Baldwin—reigned until the 1960s in the height of Hawaiian tourism. Their influence spread to other parts of Hawaii’s economy, where they continue to maintain a firm grasp today. At the sugar museum, visitors can take a peek into the lives of the laborers who arrived to the islands from China, Japan, The Philippines, Korea, and Portugal, influencing everything from the cuisine, traditions, and music of Hawaii.