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Exhibit at Bishop Museum highlights change in Honolulu

KALIHI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The name says it all, “Change”. The exhibit, on display now at the Bishop Museum, celebrates the museum's 125th anniversary by chronicling the evolution of life in Hawaii over that time frame.

"In many cases the Hawaiian Islands are living the same exact way the rest of the US is, but we've always got unique things happening here, we've always got different things going on here" said DeSoto Brown, the museum's historian.

That is the essence of the exhibit: to chronicle the historical splendor of Hawaii through the most seemingly pedestrian artifacts and displays. Large floor to ceiling panels each represent a segment of life; from politics, to athletics, to food and communications. There are photos, along with artifacts. Each panel has an interactive quality as well.

"On every one of these panels we have something for you to do with your hands. You can page through things--you can look at old menus you can look at old postcards. You've got touch-screens on which you can compare prices then and now, you've got views of locations then and now" said Brown.

The exhibit is fascinating--but it's far more than entertainment.

"It's important because learning about the past, being aware of the past, makes us capable today of doing things more intelligently. You cannot say it's all in the past and gone we don't need to think about it anymore".

Brown was thinking about the past for quite a while. “Change" took over a year to plan and prepare.

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