CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 541 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) on June 12, 2009.
H.Res. 541 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the reopening of historic Hawaiian Hall on the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii; and
• "Honors and praises the Bishop Museum, on the occasion of its reopening and 120th anniversary, for its work to ensure the preservation, study, education, and appreciation of Native Hawaiian culture and history".
According to the resolution's findings, the mission of the Bishop Museum since its inception is to study, preserve, and tell the stories of the cultures and natural history of Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean. The Bishop Museum's collections include some 24,000,000 objects, collectively the largest Hawaii and Pacific area collection in the world, including over 1,200,000 cultural objects representing Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islands, and Hawaii immigrant life, more than 125,000 historical publications including many in the Hawaiian language, 1,000,000 historical photographs, films, works of art, audio recordings, and manuscripts, and over 22,000,000 plant and animal specimens.