Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

August 14, 2016 through February 26, 2017

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Journey with Bishop Museum to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea.

Most people think that when the sun sets over Kaua`i the day is done on the Hawaiian Archipelago.  The island chain actually extends another thousand miles to the northwest, to a chain of small islands, atolls and barely submerged reefs. This part of the archipelago provides a vital connection to the cultural and natural history of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Mokumanamana ki‘iJourneys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is an original exhibit which will highlight ki`i (carved figures) from Mokumanamana-six from Bishop Museum’s Ethnology collection and two on-loan from the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The exhibit will feature memorabilia from the “Golden Age of Air Travel”, when Midway was a key stop on transpacific routes.  Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands will also feature the story of the Battle of Midway, the turning point in the Pacific Theater in World War 2.

And finally, the exhibit will showcase the functioning ecosystem and spiritual significance of Papahānaumokuākea, a model for regeneration and revitalization of unique natural and cultural landscapes.  Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, established in 2006, is one of the world’s largest marine conservation areas.  The remoteness of this monument provides further protection for terrestrial and marine habitats, endemic and endangered species, sacred Hawaiian cultural sites, and historic shipwrecks.  The Monument is collaboratively managed by three co-trustees and seven co-managing agencies which strive to ensure protection and perpetuation of these precious natural and cultural resources.

NWHI seal and uluabrad | Bishop Museum

Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit allows visitors to experience the natural beauty and rich history of the islands with multimedia exhibits and hands-on interactives including an interactive map, a Battle of Midway flight simulator, a virtual reef dive, and a life-sized, realistic Hawaiian monk seal statue, along with dozens of rarely seen objects from our Cultural and Natural History collections.


To create this exhibit, Bishop Museum worked with anthropologist Dr. Kekeuwa Kikiloi and a number of partners, including the co-managers of Papahānaumokuākea, which includes agencies from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the State of Hawai`i, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Learn more about the exhibit in Summer 2016 Ka ‘Elele, The Journal of the Bishop Museum.

With generous support from the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation and Keith and Allison H. Gendreau.

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