New Kapa Kite Exhibit Features Work Of Waianae Students 
Students Learn The Connection Between Science And Culture

Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auao PCS student James Brede-Savini admires kumu Dalani’s finished kapa art workBishop Museum’s Science Adventure Center will feature 25 kapa kites that were made by fourth graders from the Waianae Coast in a new exhibit called, “Māui the Kite Maker.”  Sixty-four students from Waianae Elementary School and Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auao Public Charter School worked on the kapa project as part of the 2009 Science and Culture of Art, a Bishop Museum outreach program.

The program recently ended on Thursday, May 21, 2009, the students will gather at Bishop Museum’s Science Adventure Center at 11:15 a.m. to be among the first to see their work on display.  The exhibit will remain on display indefinitely.

Waianae Elementary School student Riovi Eram scrapes wauke bark for beating.Bishop Museum Science Educator Amber Inwood said, “By incorporating the students work into the Museum, not only are visitors given the opportunity to learn more through the integration of science and the Hawaiian Culture, but it instills a sense of pride for participating students.”

Native Hawaiian artist Dalani Tanahy helped with this year’s program, which focused on integrating legends of the demigod Māui who’s many adventures include snaring the sun at Haleakalā in order to lengthen the day to permit his mother to dry her kapa.  Students were taught the science of Hawai‘i’s climate and plants and integrated stories of “Māui the Kite Maker.”

Funded by the George P. & Ida Tenny Castle Trust, the 2009 Science and Culture of Art program was the conclusion of a 3-year outreach program led by Bishop Museum.  The lessons were standard-based concepts and processes of art, science, and social studies disciplines.  The program seeks to reach Title I schools on O‘ahu.

What:     Unveiling of new exhibit, Māui the Kite Maker
When:    Thursday, May 21st   11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Where:   Science Adventure Center, Bishop Museum
Who:      Featuring the students from Waianae Elementary and Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auao PCS

Bishop Museum’s mission is to study, preserve, and tell the stories of the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

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Photos:  Waianae Elementary School student Riovi Eram scrapes wauke bark for beating. The first of many steps towards making her own kapa kite; Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auao PCS student James Brede-Savini admires kumu Dalani’s finished kapa art work.

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