Traditions of the Pacific lecture series
Traditions of the Pacific is an ongoing educational program that explores the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific through dynamic lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, and films. Everyone is welcome to attend, and Bishop Museum members receive special postcard mailings and free/discounted tuition for these events. Not a member?
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Connecting the Past with the Future through Hawaiian Archaeological Collections:
The Ho'omaka Hou Research Initiative Online Fishhook Database
presented by Dr. Mara Mulrooney, Anthropologist, Bishop Museum
Thursday, April 2, 2015 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | in Atherton Hālau
FREE to the General Public & Museum Members
The Polynesians who arrived to Hawaii's shores around 1,000 years ago brought tools and knowledge with them to ensure that people thrived in these islands. Their tools included makau, or fishhooks, which initially bore striking similarities to those from the ancestral homeland in the islands to the south. Through time, Ancient Hawaiians adapted their fishing technology to local environments, and they invented new and innovative forms of fishhooks, like the iconic two-piece fishhook, which is unique to the Hawaiian Islands.
The Archaeology Collections housed at Bishop Museum include the largest collection of Hawaiian fishhooks in the world. In this special presentation, Dr. Mara Mulrooney (Anthropologist, Bishop Museum) will present a new publicly-accessible online database that features nearly 4,000 fishhooks from three cultural sites in the Ka'ū District of Hawai'i Island. These sites were investigated by archaeologists from Bishop Museum and the University of Hawai'i, Hilo during the 1950s, and they are the current focus of collections-based research projects at Bishop Museum. As Dr. Mulrooney will share, these collections continue to hold great potential for teaching us about Hawai'i's cultural past.
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