To put it short and sweet, this is a GREAT spot for an overview of not only Hawaiian history/culture but also to get a great snapshot of the other islands of Polynesia.Their permanent exhibits focus on both historical and current day events of Polynesia. But they also have visiting exhibits that span a variety of topics (when we went, they had an exhibit on Animation--which REALLY sparked the interest of the bf's nephew!)I am extremely excited to come back to see the unveiling of the renovated Hawaiian Hall (re-opening Summer 2009). This particular hall houses the most prized possessions and artifacts of ancient Hawai'i.Note to the wise, wear comfy shoes and bring snackies if you have little ones with you. You could easily spend HOURS at this museum!! Also, the entrance fee isn't too pricey but if you have a local resident with you, you can get the kama'aina rate which will knock off a few dollars.