The fabrication of the Ho‘opulama Science and Discovery Center is under way! These exhibits will provide opportunities to explore our native bird species up close and learn about their unique evolutionary history and cultural connections.
A critical element of these exhibits are hand-carved bird sculptures by master craftsman Haruo Uchiyama. Haruo is world-renowned for his extremely detailed and realistic bird carvings and we are excited to be able to work with him to incorporate his work into the new science exhibits. You can find a gallery of some of his completed works on his website.
Bird in progress! Teaching birds are remarkably lifelike and meticulously sculpted to capture an amazing amount of detail. For many, these birds will be the first time a student or visitor gets to see these species up close.
These bird sculptures are not only works of art, they are ambassadors for native species as well as teachers of evolution and adaptation in our islands. We need your help to make them a reality.
Become a part of our science and discovery center by sponsoring these critical teaching models. Sponsorship of each sculpture can only be claimed once, so act fast! Sponsors will support the production of their sponsored bird and receive a sponsorship certificate, text recognition on HWC’s website, and a special invitation to preview the exhibits before they open to the general public.
Mahalo nui to Jack Jeffrey, Jim Denny, and Rob Shallenberger for providing the bird photography for the Ho‘opulama Science and Discovery Center. Some photos are used here for illustrative purposes.
Meet the Honeycreepers Exhibit Models
The Meet the Honeycreepers exhibit features two stylized trees with different honeycreeper species perched, allowing you to get up close to native species. Accompanying graphics provide an introduction to the remarkable story of evolution that led to so many varieties of these unique Hawaiian birds. Through observation and exploration, you will be able to see the subtle (and not so subtle) difference in each bird and learn what environments yielded such remarkable adaptations.
Sculptures Needed for this Exhibit
Provide the ‘I‘iwi sculpture in full color for the Meet the Honeycreepers Exhibit
Sponsorship claimed by Hawai‘i Electric Light Company
Provide the ‘Akepa sculpture in full color for the Meet the Honeycreepers Exhibit
Sponsorship Claimed by William T. Ruhl
Provide the ‘Apapane sculpture in full color for the Meet the Honeycreepers Exhibit.
Sponsorship Claimed by Clean Islands Council
Provide the ‘Akiapola‘au sculpture in full color for the Meet the Honeycreepers Exhibit.
Sponsorship Claimed by John and Susie Ruhl
‘Aumakua Exhibit Models
This exhibit provides a connection between native species and the Hawaiian culture. It introduces the importance of ‘aumakua and explains that just as our ‘aumakua watch over us, so too must we watch over them. The display includes an array of native birds sculpted in white perched on a stylized tree and flying overhead.
More species will be added over time.
Sculptures Needed for this Exhibit
The Albatross Exhibit Model
The Albatross will be one of the centerpieces of the new science and discovery center. This lifesize model of a Laysan Albatross in flight soars overhead as the visitors walk about the courtyard. Most people do not get the opportunity to be immersed in native wildlife. Have you ever experienced a bird with a 5 or 6 foot wingspan flying right above your head?
Albatross Sponsor $20,000
To claim the Albatross Sponsorship, please contact us directly at (808) 884-5000 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.