Inspiring the world!
Born 2004 in Kahuku, Hawaii
American Idol Winner 2023
Born 1992 in Honolulu
Olympic Gold Medal Surfing - 2020 Tokyo Olympics
World Series Champions 2022
Reverend Akaka insisted that the Aloha State had moral and spiritual contributions to make to the nation and the world.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to the Hawaii State Legislature in 1959. "As I think of the struggle that we are engaged in in the South land, we look to you for inspiration and as a noble example, where you have already accomplished in the area of racial harmony and racial justice, what we are struggling to accomplish in other sections of the country, and you can never know what it means to those of us caught for the moment in the tragic and often dark midnight of man’s inhumanity to man, to come to a place where we see the glowing daybreak of freedom and dignity and racial justice.”
President Kennedy selected the 1963 US Conference of Mayors meeting
in Honolulu to announce his new Civil Rights Bill for America. The racial harmony found in Hawaii was held as an example that the rest of the country should follow.
"This island (state) represents all that we are and all that we hope to become." -- President John F. Kennedy, Honolulu, June 1963.
Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss USA and Miss Universe 1977
(Being Miss Universe) "is about being open to a lot of different cultures. I've been to thirteen different countries in a year, and wherever I go, they think I'm that ethnicity. So it's about being able to accept people for whatever they are. In Hawaii, we're like that by nature. I'm Hawaiian, Korean, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese. So they all had to
get along for me to be born!" -- Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe, on The Oprah Winfrey Show 1998.
Maui H.S. 1944
Space Shuttle Astronaut
Konawaena H.S. 1964
Space Shuttle Astronaut
Hōkūléa World Voyage
World War II
Kauai H.S. 1960
National Yo Yo Champion
2022 & 2023
At age 4, Evan shows Jay Leno on the Tonight Show how to Yo Yo.
16 year-old teen from Waimea, Hawaii is the 2022 Rubik Cube North American Champion.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy 2025
National Breakdancing Champion
"B Boy Hi Jack" from Kaimuki.
In Philadelphia, August 26, 2023
The Hawaiian Kingdom boasted the highest literacy rate in the world.
The Hawaiian Kingdom outlawed slavery in its constitution. Any slave that arrived in Hawai‘i would be emancipated.
At the Worlds' Fair in Paris, Hawai‘i was one of 30 countries with an exhibit. The Hawaiian Kingdom was the only Pacific government to be represented at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.
World Tour of Hawaiian King David Kalākaua. The 281-day trip gave Kalākaua the distinction of being the first monarch to circumnavigate the globe. He visited the Emperor Meiji in Japan, had an audience in Rome with Pope Leo, was a guest of Britain's Queen Victoria, visited President Chester Arthur at the White House and spent time with Thomas Edison in his laboratory in New Jersey.
Hawai‘i became the first state in the nation to adopt the "Percent for Art" law. This visionary legislation sets aside one percent of all state building constructions costs for the acquisition of works of art. This law gave art in public places and has been followed by other states.
First state to decriminalize abortion.
First state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment for Women.
First in the nation to provide near universal health care.
Hawai‘i State Supreme Court was the first judiciary in the world to rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
First state in the country to require 100% renewable energy.
Hangouts Center Stage
Check out performances at the best open mic.
Hangouts Center Stage
The Pacific Studio, Theater
Workshops during the day. Entertainment at night.
The Pacific Studio, Theater
Our weekly gathering for performers and the people who love them.
In 2015, Gloria Borland was serving on the City's Neighborhood Board for Aliamanu, Foster Village, and Salt Lake, when she came up with the idea for a new museum near the Arizona Memorial and Aloha Stadium. Gloria grew up in Hawaii and spent decades in Washington DC, a city smaller than Oahu with over 70 museums. This new Inspiration museum would change Hollywood stereotypes about people from Hawaii. Residents living in neighborhoods surrounding Aloha Stadium supported the vision for a new museum that would inspire residents and visitors. Grassroots support for the new museum spread throughout Oahu in 2016. The museum was included in the City's Final Plan published in July 2017 for Transit-Oriented Development at the Halawa Rail Station near Aloha Stadium.
In 2018, the State announced redevelopment plans for Aloha Stadium. In 2019, the State announced plans for a New Entertainment District to surround Aloha Stadium. Development plans for Aloha Stadium and the New Entertainment District was delayed in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
After waiting five years for the Aloha Stadium entertainment site, the Inspiration Hawaii Museum decided to search for an alternative location. In 2022, the museum found an amazing building in downtown Honolulu. The Inspiration Hawaii Museum is planning to open in December 2023. Stay tuned for more details. Subscribe to our mailing list below.
Almost twice as many people visit American museums than attend all major league sporting events and theme parks combined!
Source: American Alliance of Museums.
Paul Kosasa is the President and CEO of ABC Stores a retail chain of 75 stores and 1,900 employees. The first store was founded by his grandparents in Kaimuki in 1917.
- Chairman Hawaii Symphony Orchestra,
- Chair Waikiki Business Improvement District,
- Board, Central Pacific Bank
- Board, Hawaii Community Foundation.
- Board, Hawaii Food Industry Association
- Japanese American National Museum
Former President & CEO of the Bishop Museum. Architect and Museum Designer with 30 years experience developing museums around the world. Principal at Ralph Appelbaum, the world's largest museum exhibition design firm.
- Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
- Museum of Natural History, New York
- Clinton Presidential Library
- Obama Presidential Center
-Japanese American National Museum, LA
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle
- Musee du Quai Branly, Paris
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- New York Public Library
Former President & CEO of the Bishop Museum. Current President & CEO Zephyr Insurance. Chief Consumer Officer Hawaii Medical Service Association, Chief Operating Officer Damon Estate, VP & General Counsel AMFAC.
Chair Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources.
- Board, Hawaiian Electric Company
- Board, Polynesian Voyaging Society
- Board, Kualoa Ranch
- Consuelo Foundation
- Chair, Host Committee IUCN 2016,
- Host Committee, APEC 2011.
- Trustee Parker Ranch Foundation.
Founder & President Inspiration Hawaii Museum.
Founder Charter School with Chinese Immersion in Washington DC.
Executive Producer -The Business Owners with Gloria Borland TV series on PBS nationwide underwritten by THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
- Founder & CEO Netless Web Wireless
- Campaign Director Ross Perot for President
- LEGAL TIMES newspaper for lawyers.
- Founder & CEO National Travel Magazines.
- DC staff U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
Founder & CEO Wilhelm Group.
Trustee and former Chair Kamehameha Schools.
Managing Principal Irongate.
Senior VP Kiewit.
Board Member Hawaii Pacific University.
Board Member YMCA.
Partner at the Honolulu law firm Lung, Rose, Voss, Wagnild. His practice areas include real estate and construction litigation, complex business and commercial litigation, and land use.
Former member Manoa Neighborhood Board.
Former Trustee and Chair of the State of Hawaii Employee Retirement System (public pension fund) currently with a $20 billion portfolio. English teacher at Aliamanu Middle School for 45 years.
- Board of Directors HSTA.
- Board Hawaii Education Association
Urban Planner in public and private sectors.
Federal planner for natural disasters.
- Hawaii Emergency Management Agency
- State of Hawaii's COVID-19 Operations Deputy Chief.
- Urban Planner at AECOM.
- Park Ranger US Forest Service.
- Former Chair Manoa Neighborhood Board.
There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about our new museum opening at the end of 2023. We hope you enjoy our pre-opening site and will make a contribution to help us finish construction.