In 1988, the State of Hawaii Legislature passed a bill inspired by the Smithsonian Institution model, and established that "The official designation of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum shall be the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History." Its approval by Governor John Waihee increased the frequency and amount of financial appropriations in the biennial budget and facilitated other contributions. In 1992, the Legislature designated Bishop Museum as the Hawaii Biological Survey of the Hawaiian archipelago. It was created to locate, identify, and evaluate all native and non-native fauna and flora within the state, and to maintain the reference collections.
In coordination with related activities in other federal, state, and private agencies, it gathers, analyzes, and disseminates biological information and conducts an inventory and monitoring program of trends in the abundance, health, and distribution of plants and animals and publishes annual Records on new island and state records. Soon after its founding in 1889 by Charles as a memorial to his late wife, the Bishop Museum established programs to study and document the plants and animals of Hawaii and has become the largest single source of information on Hawaiian organisms. There are approximately 25,000 species and 4 million specimens organized into computerized databases. The poster will track the levels of State funding and focus on recent patterns.