Bishop Museum's new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit debuts Sunday

Bishop Museum's new Northwestern Hawaiian Islands exhibit debuts Sunday
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By Chantelle Aguilar
HNN Digital Intern

HONOLULU - (HawaiiNewsNow) Starting Sunday, visitors will be able to dive into the history, science, and culture of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

"Journeys: Heritage of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands" showcases different components of the islands' history, as well as features the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument through a combination of multimedia experiences and authentic cultural objects.

"The significance of the exhibit is the culture, the people, and how history intertwines with everyday life, and the preservation of moving forward. We look at the past, we look at the future," said Linda Lee K. Farm, interim president and CEO of Bishop Museum.

A mix of new and old, the exhibit displays various wildlife that can be found on the islands, and artwork made of marine debris, which has had a devastating impact on wildlife.

One of the most significant historical artifacts include ki'i stone idols. Exhibit designer Michael Wilson says the stone idols are of great significance as the rocks are only found in a certain location. For years, the idols have been separated -- until now.

Visitors can also climb aboard a model submarine and view video of schools of Galapagos sharks through a porthole. Put on a set of virtual reality goggles and get a 360-degree view beneath the sea or relive history with a Battle Midway simulator.

The simulator "recreates that battle to give you an immersive experience," said Wilson. Players can choose to either be an American pilot attacking the Japanese fleet, or a Japanese pilot attacking American ships.

The Battle of Midway is an integral part of U.S history as it turned the tide of the Second World War and gave the U.S victory.

Before you leave don't forget to snap a photo with at the monk seal selfie station.

The exhibit will run through January 29.

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