Historic Ku Exhibit

Noelle Kahanu - Project Manager
Noelle Kahanu - Project Manager
David Kalama - Hawaiian Artist
David Kalama - Hawaiian Artist

HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Bishop Museum's historic Ku exhibit runs for just two more weeks. If you haven't seen it yet, you can still get in under the wire. Malika is live to tell us why it's worth your while.

For the first time in Bishop Museum history, it is partnering with two prestigious museums to showcase three Ku images. The British Museum and Peabody Essex Museum joins Bishop Museum in presenting E Ku Ana Ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Ku Images. The exhibit will be on display through October 4, 2010 in Hawaiian Hall.

Derived from the prophecy chant of Kapihe, E Ku Ana Ka Paia literally means "The Walls Shall Stand Firm." The three Ku images will stand together in the center of Hawaiian Hall, with a related interpretive display in the nearby J.M. Long Gallery.

Ku is known throughout the Pacific as the god of procreation, prosperity, and warfare. Coinciding with the bicentennial of the unification of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the unification of these Ku images provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues such as cultural identity, family and community responsibility, political sovereignty, and the role of museums in fostering cross-cultural dialogue.

About the three Ku:

Temple Image, Bishop Museum - March 1895, made part of the Museum's permanent collections through a purchase made by Charles Reed Bishop

Temple Image, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem - Gift of John T. Prince in 1846. Sea Captain John T. Prince presented the 800 pound idol to the East India Marine Society (which later became the Peabody Museum)

Temple Image, The British Museum - Gift of W. Howard in 1839

Museum hours:

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday through Monday.

Closed on Tuesdays

To learn more about Bishop Museum's exhibits, programs, and activities, please click HERE or call (808) 847-3511.