Kini Ke Kua
On view now through Sept. 2, 2019
September 21 — March 29
Open Every Day
9 am – 5 pm
Seniors (65+): $21.95
Youth (4–17): $16.95
Children (3 and under): Free
Children age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
From wooden and stone images to photographs and contemporary renderings, the Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images exhibition will guide visitors through a multifaceted presentation of kiʻi (images) from Bishop Museum’s collections and contemporary indigenous art and practice. Ki‘i, which refer to images in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, are a cornerstone of Hawaiian spirituality and can take many forms. Fashioned from wood, stone and other natural materials, ki‘i become embodiments of deity: representations of akua (gods) and ʻaumākua (personal or family guardians). This exhibit will explore some of the ways in which relationships between kiʻi and people may change and how and why some of those changes have occurred.
At the center of this exhibition will be a kiʻi long held in a private French collection, recently gifted to Bishop Museum by Salesforce Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne. The wooden image will serve as the focal point of the exhibit, and will contribute to the larger dialogue about relationships, spirituality and kiʻi in Hawaiʻi and as they move through the world. The gifted kiʻi will be complemented with images from Bishop Museum’s collections as well as community loans, further enriching the visitor’s understanding of this very special ki‘i.