Hawaiian history is very interesting, but you will not appreciate much of it spending two hours in this museum.
They have very anal procedures: you have to go in with a scheduled tour, which means that if you do not show up at the right time, you will have a long wait until the next available tour.
They make you cover your shoes with the kind of covers that surgeons use, but they are not disposable. I found this a good precaution to avoid damaging the museums hardwood floors, but it's kind of nasty to touch with your hands, things that have been touched by the soles of others' shoes.
Before entering, they give you a class on how to use the ipod like device, that explains each spot of the museum. The device explains each and every detail, way to thoroughly and it becomes annoying. There's only so much I need to know about a portrait, a table set for 8, etc. it just goes on and on and on. If your device works properly you're lucky. If it doesn't (and many of them don't work properly) you will waste time navigating to get to what you need to hear about.
This is the museum that "wants to be". Why? Because when the Americans annexed the Hawaiian kingdom they turned the palace into a City Hall or something and they auctioned off most of it's contents before setting up shop. So the majority of the items you see there are replicas, and or substitutions, to the exception of one or other piece that was found randomly and bought back, or that got donated by descendants of the royals. Most of the rooms are empty, except for a picture that shows how it used to look.
The museum is over priced. I guess because they are still rebuilding it, buying things back, and probably are still paying the bill for the lady that had to analyze old pictures to determine what kind of fabric to buy for the fake curtains.
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