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第16回 私が見て感じたラパ・ヌイ イースター島

ミュージアムのひととき 日本語ホームページに戻る 第16回 私が見て感じたラパ・ヌイ イースター島 ハワイの伝統航海カヌーHōkūleʻaのデッキの上で私達は夜が明けてからずっと海と空を見ていた。ガラパゴスを出航してからもう2週間を過ぎている。クルー全員でHōkūleʻaを360度囲む水平線を目でなぞり、雲の形や色、鳥達の動きを観察し、自然からのサインを読み取ろうと集中していた。私達は4人の若いナビゲーター達の導きにより水平線の向こうにあるはずの、まだ見えぬ島ラパ・ヌイ(イースター島)を水平線から吊り上げようとしていた。(ポリネシアの伝統航海では島を見つけるとき英語で ”Pull the island” 「島を吊り上げる」という独特な表現をする) 19年前のHōkūleʻaの航海でラパ・ヌイを最初に見つけたミクロネシア出身のベテランクルー、マックスからラパ・ヌイがどういうふうに水平線から見えたのかは聞いていた。オレンジがかった厚い雲の下に小さなオピヒ(円錐形の、岩に密着して生息するハワイ固有種の貝)のような島が見えたのだという。 水平線を見つめる若いナビゲーター達 ミュージアムのひととき 第1回     人類学部 篠遠喜彦博士 [プロフィール]第2回     古文書館 館長  デソト・ブラウン第3回     Makahiki (マカヒキ)第4回     Kumulipo (クムリポ)第5回 

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Podcast

Bishop Museum’s podcast page showcases a series of audio recordings that share the museum’s on-site programming to a wider audience. This includes lectures, panel discussions, and storytelling sessions covering a variety of topics related to Hawaiian and Pacific culture, science, and history.

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Research Publications

Publications Browse Recent Publications Bishop Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens. This collection continues to

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Archaeology

The Archaeology Department at Bishop Museum boasts a vast collection of archaeological materials from the Hawaiian Islands and over 50 islands throughout Oceania. Emerging from the work of eminent scholars in Pacific archaeology, the department has significantly contributed to the understanding of Pacific archaeological history through various initiatives and databases, including the Ho‘omaka Hou Research Initiative (HHRI) Online Fishhook Database, the Hawaiian Archaeological Survey (HAS) Database, and the Rapa Nui Interactive Radiocarbon Database.

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Ka ʻUla Wena: Oceanic Red

Ka ‘Ula Wena: Oceanic Red, to be held May 25, 2024–Jan. 19, 2025, is an original Bishop Museum exhibition that explores manifestations of red in the landscapes, memory, and created expressions of Oceania. Ka ʻUla Wena originates in Hawaiʻi, but we reach out to embrace our cousins across the vast Moananuiākea.

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Hawaii AIS

The “Hawaii AIS” initiative by Bishop Museum addresses the challenge of Marine Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Hawaiʻi, focusing on the ecological threats posed by non-native species introduced into marine environments. These invasive species can disrupt local ecosystems, outcompete native species, and lead to significant ecological changes. The museum’s Hawaii Biological Survey aims to document, compile, and make accessible information about both benign and invasive species introductions to aid in future AIS detection and management, highlighting the importance of maintaining the balance and health of Hawaiʻi’s marine ecosystems.

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Astronomy Highlights

Bishop Museum’s J. Watumull Planetarium offers a calendar of astronomical events tailored for Hawaiʻi’s unique location and time zone, adjusting for Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST) rather than Universal Time (UT). This calendar includes moon phases, meteor shower peaks, the start of seasons, and the phenomenon of lāhainā noon, when the sun is directly overhead, occurring only in the tropics. Additionally, the museum provides monthly star maps for Hawaiʻi’s latitude and insightful tips for meteor shower viewing, emphasizing the importance of post-midnight observations when Earth faces incoming debris. These resources enrich the astronomical experience by aligning it with Hawaiʻi’s specific geographical and cultural context.

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Ichthyology

Bishop Museum’s Ichthyology Department, with a focus on the tropical Indo-Pacific region, houses over 40,000 cataloged lots of coral-reef fishes. This collection, primarily preserved in isopropyl alcohol, includes a wide range of specimens from single to over 100 per lot, totaling approximately 100,000 specimens. Notably, the collection features the Holotype of the Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) among its large specimens. Research in this department has significantly contributed to the taxonomy, systematics, and biogeography of coral-reef fishes, largely due to the work of Dr. John E. “Jack” Randall, who documented over 815 new species. Today, the collection continues to expand, including efforts to document larval fishes, under the guidance of Ichthyology Collections Manager, Calder Atta, building on a legacy of exploration and discovery in marine biology.

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