Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Exhibits

Hawaiian Treasures



Hawaiian Treasures

NĀ MEA MAKAMAE O HAWAI`I


outrigger canoe"Hawaiian Treasures" opens September 22, 2004 - March 27, 2005 in Hall 8 as a complement to the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. Hawaiian Treasures will present key objects from the Hawaiian collection of the Anthropology Department, NMNH. Developed in consultation with the Royal Societies of Hawai`i, the exhibition will feature important historic objects including a Hawaiian outrigger canoe given to the Smithsonian by Queen Kapi'olani in 1887. It is the oldest existing Hawaiian canoe in the world and underwent extensive conservation for this exhibition. Other important pieces in the exhibition are a feathered cloak, which was taken as a battle prize by King Kamehameha II from his rival Chief Kekuaokalani, and five additional feather capes, two of which are associated with King Kalākaua. Also included are royal bowls from the will of Abigail Kawananakoa in 1947. The exhibit will discuss Hawaiian cultural and ethnic identity as linked with museum collections.

feathered cloaks chief tattooed chief in feathered cape ukelele player Hawaiian with canoe