Two Museums and a Royal Palace / Hawaiian Music Festival

January 18, 2013, 5-9pm

Adult residents: $10
Adult non-residents: $19.95
Age 17 and under: FREE
Pay at the entrance of whatever venue you start at.
FREE for members of Honolulu Museum of Art, Bishop Museum, and ‘Iolani Palace.

Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and ‘Iolani Palace team up for a night of cultural exploration and fun with a focus on Hawaiian music, with a different headliner at each venue. Don't miss Paula Fuga, Maunalua, and Waipuna. KITV presenters will emcee the event.

Free shuttle buses transport event goers between the three venues, which will be open until 9 p.m. Admission includes entry to both museums and the palace. Members of the three institutions can attend for free, with a current membership card.

Guests can start their night at any of the three venues, where they receive wristbands that allow entry to shuttles and other locations. 

Visitors will have a different experience at each location, and with good timing, can catch three different bands, a variety of food and drink, and activities. Attendance to all three venues for an adult normally costs $49.70. At $10 for residents and $19.95 for visitors, the evening is a culture-packed bargain.


Transport on shuttle buses between the three venues are included in the ticket price. Beginning at 5pm, the buses will run continuously on these routes:
• Between Bishop Museum and ‘Iolani Palace
• Between Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art
• Between Honolulu Museum of Art and ‘Iolani Palace


Headlining at Bishop Museum is award-winning Na Hoku Hano Hano winner Paula Fuga.
Visitors will be able to experience a 20-minute show in the newly renovated J. Watumull Planetarium.  Its new hybrid system provides a breathtaking recreation of the night sky, taking you on a voyage through the rings of Saturn.

Also open that evening will be Bishop Museum’s iconic Hawaiian Hall, the special exhibition HI Fashion: The Legacy of Alfred Shaheen, and the kid friendly Xtreme Bugs exhibit. Offerings include planetarium programs, cultural storytelling, an interactive hula program, and docent-led guided tours through Hawaiian Hall.

Visitors can dine on food from museum's Café Pulama, Local Stop (serving its famed Malasada Burger) and Sweet Revenge.
Visit their website.

On stage:
5:30-6:15pm: Paula Fuga
7:15-8pm: Beauty and the Beard

New Planetarium Extravaganza | J. Watumull Planetarium
5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 pm
First come first served; line forms in planetarium lobby.

Hawaiian Hall tours | Hawaiian Hall, 1st Floor
5, 6, 7, 8pm

Hula Nei: Dance with Us | Hawaiian Hall Atrium
5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 8:30pm


Popular trio Maunalua takes the Central Courtyard stage.
Visitors can see the museum’s current exhibitions, Tattoo Honolulu, Courage and Strength: Portraits of Those Who Have Served, and The Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga. Docents will be in the newly reinstalled European and American art galleries.

Visitors have two tempting food options: Hank’s Haute Dogs and Michi’s gourmet plate lunches (her grilled, sliced steak with chimichurri sauce sold out at the first Two Museums and a Royal Palace in August). Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the museum’s café.

5:30-6:30 pm: Akala Dance Studio. Dancers ages 4 to 45 turn on the hula charm.
Zip tours of the European and American art galleries
7-7:45 pm:
8-8:45 pm:

Hank’s Haute Dogs
Michi’s Cooking Fresh for You
: pan-seared steak with basil pesto sauce ($9), baked chicken breast with teri glaze and pineapple salsa (plate $7), Thai green curry with mixed seafood ($10), South Indian curry with tofu or chicken breast ($7), Asian BBQ-glazed turkey meatloaf with rice and salad ($6), chili ("white chicken chili or Texas-style with turkey hot dog) & rice $6, Waldorf salad with chicken $7), naan wrap filled with BBQ pulled pork & mixed greens ($8)
OnoPops: flavors include mac nut brittle (sweet cream ice cream studded with mac nut "marzipan" and crushed mac nut brittle) and Okinawan sweet potato pie


Experience the slack-key sounds of Na Hoku Hanohano Award–winning duo Waipuna at a rare event: royal grandeur during the evening hours! Normally open just one night a year in December, ‘Iolani Palace offers guests another chance to experience the venue when the sun goes down, its festive lanterns swaying in the breeze. The Barracks Courtyard will be transformed into a beer garden for the evening. Visit their website.

On stage:
5–5:45pm: Hoapili
6–6:45pm: Waipuna
7–7:45pm: Dennis Keohokalole (The Majesté)
8–8:45pm: Waipuna


Support provided by Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority