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September is Museums Month!

During the month of September 2016, Big Island museums will provide free admission to the members of other participating institutions when a current museum membership card is shown. Museum members will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of museums they haven't yet visited, or haven't visited for a long time. This is the tenth year that Hawai'i Island museums are collaborating to open their doors to other museums’ members. Museums Month is designed to thank members of museums across the island by providing member benefits to all participating institutions. 

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Museums Month Participants:

Anna Ranch Heritage Center – Free admission. Hours: Tues. – Fri. 10am – 3pm with tours of the Historic Home at 10am and 1pm. Reservations are required for Historic Home Tour. To make a reservation please email: programs@annaranch.org or call (808) 885-4426. Visit www.annaranch.org for further information.

Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary Art – Free admission.
Hours: Wed. – Fri. 10am-6pm and Sat. 10am-4pm. Closed Sun. and Mon. Check website www.ehcc.org for current shows, classes and events. For more info call (808) 961-5711.

Hawai`i Plantation Museum – Free admission. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10am – 3pm.
Located at 27-246 Old Mamalahoa Hwy (in the former Yoshiyama Store). Visit www.plantationmuseum.org. Books and other retail items available. (808) 964-5151.

Hulihe`e Palace – Free admission to members – must show membership card; no discount in store. Museum Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9am – 4pm, Sun. 10am – 3pm; Gift Shop Hours Mon. – Sat. 9:30am – 4pm, Sun. 10am – 3pm. Closed on Holidays. For more info visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org or call (808) 329-1877. September exhibit will feature selected Kona maps of Henry E.P. Kekahuna.

`Imiloa Astronomy Center – Free admission. Hours: Tues. – Sun. 9am – 5pm. They will be featuring their newest planetarium show, National Geographic’s Asteroid: Mission Extreme in 3D. Visit www.imiloahawaii.org or call (808) 932-8901 for more info.

Kona Historical Society – Free admission. Kona Coffee Living History Farm: Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 2pm. H.N. Greenwell Store Museum: Mon. & Thurs. 10 am -2pm. For more info call
(808) 323-3222, or visit www.konahistorical.org.

Laupehoehoe Train Museum –  Free admission. Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10am – 2 pm and Sat. – Sun 10am – 2pm. Book tours in advanced by visiting www.thetrainmuseum.com. Call 808-962-6300.

Lyman Museum and Mission House – Free admission. Hours: Mon. -Sat. 10am – 4:30pm.
10% discount in Museum Shop. Special Exhibit: John Howard Pierce Photography is included in admission. Mission House Tours 11am and 2pm (space is limited, please call in advance to reserve space) For more information call (808) 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

NOAA’s Mokupāpapa Discovery Center – No admission charge, but museum members from participating museums can receive posters, map and coloring sheets available while supplies last; free group education/outreach activities available with reservation, link http://goo.gl/Ka5UQ6. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9am – 4pm. Phone: (808) 933-8180. For booking call 808-933-8195 or visit papahanaumokuakea.gov.

Pacific Tsunami Museum – Free admission; no discount in store.
Hours: Tues. – Sat. 10am -4pm. For more info call (808) 935-0926 or visit www.tsunami.org.

Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens – No admission charge, but members of participating museums will receive a special gift at the Zoo Gift Shop! Hours: Daily, 9am – 4pm (808) 959-9233. www.hilozoo.com or www.hilozoo.org

Volcano Art Center – Located in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park near the Kīlaua Visitor Center, the gallery features both traditional and contemporary work that is inspired by Hawai’i’s unique environment and rich cultural heritage. Free admission. Members of participating museums receive a free poster at VAC’s gallery. Park entrance fees apply. Hours: Daily, 9am – 5pm (808) 967-7565 visit volcanoartcenter.org.


Tsunami videos to view on-line

View the video compiled by the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency: Tsunami Awareness and Monitoring. Seventy years ago, a deadly tsunami struck the Hawaiian islands causing widespread damage across the entire state. Many were caught off-guard and one hundred fifty-nine people died when the waves and surge hit. A tsunami could strike Hawai'i in a matter of minutes or hours, depending on where the originating earthquake or volcanic activity occurs. Today, scientists at the PacificTsunami Warning Center can calculate if and when tsunami waves will reach Hawai'i. Along with the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency, they want you to prepare for, and never be caught off-guard during a tsunami. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

View the video compiled by the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency: Natural Warning Signs of a Tsunami. There is no season for tsunamis. They can strike hawaii at any time with little to no notice. Everyone should know the signs. Along some coasts, waves or surges of water could be small, but in other areas, they can be massive and deadly. Hawai'i must be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. Natural warning signs of a tsunami include:
Rapidly receding water or the sea rising and falling gently;
Sound of a locomotive or jet plane coming from the ocean;
Fish floundering where there was once water; and
Empty beaches.
Listen for the sirens, tune in to local media for instructions, be prepared to drop what you are doing, and move quickly to higher ground.

View the video compiled by the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency: Tsunami Evacuation and Emergency Kits. In the event of a tsunami threat, you will hear the outdoor warning sirens located throughout the islands. Immediately tune in to your radio or television for updates and the latest information. If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone, quickly move to higher ground—or inland—until you are at least one hundred feet above sea level. Avoid steep cliffs and watch for falling rocks. Since tsunamis are a constant threat to Hawai'i, residents should always have their survival kits ready.


Hawai'i Tsunamis book for purchase at the museum

The author of the book Hawai'i Tsunamis, Barbara Muffler, is available to sign copies at the Pacific Tsunami Museum on most Tuesdays through Fridays. If you are interested in the tsunamis that have affected Hawai'i, this book has many condensed stories and numerous previously unpublished images. All proceeds benefit the museum.

  Hawai'i Tsunamis Barbara Muffler

The mission of the book Hawai’i Tsunamis is to promote tsunami awareness to save lives, as well as to honor those lost in previous tsunami events.  What shines through the stories presented is the strength, perseverance, and growth of the communities that endured these tragedies.  The book melds history, science, and the human spirit in its presentation of scientific information and compelling survivor stories.   Tsunamis are an ever-present threat in Hawai’i, and their origin can be distant or local.  Due to its position in the Pacific Ocean, Hawai’i can be hit by distant tsunamis originating from several directions.  It is not a matter of it, but when the next tsunami will strike our shores, and people need to be aware, prepared, and safe.


Last Revised September 2016