Seeking Docents for New Pacific Hall Exhibit. Bishop Museum

Seeking Docents for New Pacific Hall Exhibit. Bishop Museum
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Bishop Museum at Honolulu is seeking docents for New Pacific Hall Exhibit. Applications Accepted Now for Docent Training Program that will Focus on Pacific Culture.


Bishop Museum in Honolulu

Bishop Museum has announced that it is accepting applications for its Pacific Hall docent training program. The course will be held from July 9 – Aug. 29, with classes twice a week. Selectees will learn about the origins and culture of the people of the Pacific, and the migration and settlement of the Pacific Islands. Bishop Museum will re-open Pacific Hall in September with a new theme, newly displayed key artifacts and several digital displays that showcase the connections between the Pacific Island cultures.

Docents are trained volunteers who interact with visitors by providing tours of museum exhibits. These “cultural educators” facilitate visitor discovery and come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. Qualities which make for a good docent are enthusiasm, patience, flexibility, and the ability to interact well with visitors of all ages.

“The personal interaction between docents and guests is what truly makes the Bishop Museum experience like no other in Hawai‘i,” said Lokomaika’i Lipscomb, senior cultural educator at Bishop Museum. “Our mission is education, and our docents are the conduit that allows history come alive in such a way that it forever changes the individual.”

WHAT: Pacific Hall Docent Training Program

WHEN: July 9 – Aug. 29, 2013

TIME: 3-6 p.m.

WHERE: Bishop Museum – Paki Conference Room 1

Japanese, Mandarin and Korean speakers are highly encouraged to apply. There is a $50 training fee that will cover the cost of materials during the course. For more information and to apply online please visit http://po.st/Docent, or request an application by emailing volunteer@bishopmuseum.org

About Pacific Hall

Pacific Hall at Bishop Museum, formerly Polynesian Hall, is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and restoration. When complete, the hall will explore the origins and cultures of Pacific Islanders and the migrations over the “blue continent” or Pacific Ocean over a 6,000-year period. The name change of the hall reflects the exhibit’s broader story that extends beyond Polynesia to reveal the historical connections among the people of the Pacific Islands in the areas of culture, daily life, and language. Some of the key artifacts on display were gathered over the last century from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Marquesas, Taiwan and China, and include a mixture of ancient and modern pieces.

About Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in memory of his wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last direct des cendant of King Kamehameha I.

Today, the Museum is recognized as the principal museum of the Pacific, housing the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and natural history specimens. More than 350,000 people visit the Museum each year, including over 40,000 schoolchildren. For more information, please call 808.847.3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org

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