Upon entering the Hawaiian wing of the museum we were greeted with a huge whale and tiger shark hanging from the ceiling. Immediately to the left there was a high definition movie about local sea life. My daughter was engaged during the movie which was great because it was both educational and interesting.
The Hawaiian and Polynesian wing of the Bishop Museum has three floors full of historical artifacts, ancient weapons, musical instruments, and documents. It was a lot of fun explaining what everything was to my daughter and we both learned some new things about the history of Hawaii. Below is a birds eye view of the Hawaiian wing from the second floor.
Outside the Hawaiian exhibit we found the seasonal Spring dinosaur exhibit. The dinosaurs are automated and the growls scared my 2 year old to the point we had to leave. We did find a small simulated dinosaur bone excavation site for children that she seemed to enjoy pictured below.
In the Science wing there were plenty of educational and interactive things for kids to do. In the first photo above, my daughter is playing with a scuba re breather device with an Wii controller. Second photo she is testing out the interactive volcano where your kids can simulate a volcanic eruption. In the final picture there is a play area where kids can dress up in different animal costumes while parents can sit down and take a breather.
We also found a Hawaii themed tunnel shown in the video below. It was a little creepy for little kids so make sure you accompany them.
My daughter had fun sliding down the lava tube slide, checking out the fish tank, and playing with the wind powered contraption. The science wing was her favorite part of our trip to the museum.