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Pictures are all taken during the course of my activities such as paddling, surfing, hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddling, rock climbing, archery, skeet shooting, and soon diving - due to my schedule, some postings are done in advanced and posted automatically by blogger on the dates specified. If you have any suggestions, comments, etc for photos you would like me to take, do not hesitate to let me know - enjoy and thanks for stoppin by - Live, Love, Laugh and share the ALOHA!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Pacific artifacts from University of Göttingen

In a rare treat, the Honolulu Academy of Arts is offering free admission to view some 500 artifacts collected by German Natural Scientists during Captain James Cooks 2nd and 3rd voyage through the Pacific in the 1700s. Thirty five of the artifacts are from Hawai'i while the rest are from the other Pacific islands. This collection is on loan from the University of Göttingen in Lower Saxony, Germany and the first time that the entire Göttingen collection will be on display in a public museum.
I photographed the images during my visit. The inset photo is a neck ornament called Lei Niho Palaoa (here's large image), made from the carving of a Sperm Whale tooth and braided strands of human hair. The last day of display is May 14th! In 1779, Captain James Cook was stabbed to death by islanders at Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

This is so cool,and its free!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 11:31:00 PM HST  
Blogger Kala said...

yes! and my first indoor people pic! Hopefully I'll have more of those :P

Just one more paper, one project and one more final exam on friday and I am done for the term!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 at 11:44:00 PM HST  
Blogger Brian said...

Very rich and strange, love the detail on the hair and bone jewelry...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 12:55:00 AM HST  
Blogger Kris said...

what is the neck ornament for? i mean is there any reason one wears it?

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 1:34:00 AM HST  
Blogger Kala said...

Hi Fotoaddict - the Lei was usually worn by chiefs as a status symbol and power and when he was killed, the enemy would claim it to ensure the chief's spirit was completed defeated. Here is another picture of it:
Another Lie niho palaoa pic

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 1:43:00 AM HST  
Blogger MoonSoleil said...

That seems like a really interesting exhibition... and it's from Germany! =)
Make sure to say "Hallo" to the guys there from me... *grin*
Really interesting, show some more pictures if you find anything further interesting there.
(It's not fair, you're allowed to take pictures there... here we ususally are not allowed to take pictures, and then they tell you to buy the catalogue for 50 Euros or so... or are you undercover?)

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 3:40:00 AM HST  
Blogger Nicola said...

Interesting exhibition. What were these artifacts used for? They look like blankets, maybe for clothing?

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 5:28:00 AM HST  
Blogger Alex S said...

Ah! Finally a picture that does´nt send us Swedes into total anxiety over our weather ;-)

But seriously, we have had nice weather now so it is´nt as painful as it used to be to see the great views captured on your camera =)

Nice exhibit. I am hoping to visit one of the really cool museums that we have and take some pics soon.

Keep that camera running!

Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 7:38:00 PM HST  

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