HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- After being separated for over 170 years, the ancient images of the Hawaiian god Kû are reunited at the Bishop Museum. Amy Kalili shares more on what this reunion has meant to not only native Hawaiians but the wider community as well.
Aloha nui kakou. Mai Eulopa a hiki loa aku i Amelika Hui Pû ʻia, ua hoʻohui hou ia aku nei kçia mau kiʻi o Kû ma Hawaiʻi nei nô.
From Europe to the United States, the Kû images reunite here in Hawaiʻi.
It's a sign for us as a nation, as a people to move forward in a fundamental way.
Project Director, Bishop Museum
He hôʻailona ia o ka holomua o ka lâhui.
Ua ʻae kûmanawa ʻia 2 o nâ kiʻi mai ka hale hôʻikeʻike o Beretania a me kahi Hale ʻo Peabody Essex ma Salema, Masakuseta.
Two of the images are on loan from the British Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
This is only the third time he has been outside the Peabody Essex Museum since 1846.
Director/CEO, Peabody Essex Museum
ʻO ke kolu wale nô ia o kona haʻalele mai 1846.
Nui nô ko Dan ʻike no ka moʻolelo a môʻaukala o kçia kiʻi, akâ, ua lilo nô keia hoʻohui ʻana i nâ kiʻi ʻekolu he mea e hoʻonui hou ʻia aku ai kona ʻike a maopopo.
Dan is intimately familiar with the statue's history but this reunion was especially enlightening.
This unification has made them understand it even more at a much greater level, the extent to which our community is connected to revered and loves these ki'i.
ʻIke ana lâua i ke ʻano e pili maoli ai kçia kaiâulu i kçia mau kiʻi.
He mea kçia e komo ai nâ Hawaiʻi ke kâlailai hou aku i nâ pilina koʻikoʻi i ka ʻaoʻao kuʻuna a me ka ʻike o ia ʻano.
This unification gives opportunity for cultural connections and identification.
Nui nâ nînau a manaʻo e kâlailai ʻia nei.
It is sparking reflection and analysis.
Pehea kona ʻano? Nânâ aku ʻoe iâ ia? He aha kona ʻano? Nâwaliwali? Cruise?
Ke kû nei ʻoe ma aneʻi, he Hawaiʻi, ʻo wai ʻoe?
What does Kû represent? Kû's nature? What does Kû symbolize for Hawaiians?
Nani ka ʻike ʻana i kçia mau kiʻi nui a nani i kona mau lau i kâlai lâʻau ʻia e nâ kûpuna o ka wâ ma mua, he hôʻoia i ke ʻano akamai o lâkou ma ia mau hana noʻeau a me ke koʻikoʻi o kçia mau kiʻi.
Seeing these intricate, 6 to 8-foot tall figures that our kupuna carved years ago is a powerful image.
What are you doing to paʻa that privilege. It's a privilege to say, "yeah I Hawaiian".
Pehea ʻoe e hôʻike ai kou ʻano Hawaiʻi?
I ka hale hôʻikeʻike ʻo Pîhopa ana nô kçia hôʻikeʻike e kapa ʻia ana ʻo E Kû Ana Ka Paia a i ka pau ʻana ʻo ʻOkakopa.
The E Kû Ana Ka Paia Exhibit will be on display at the museum through October.
ʻO au no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now.