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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bishop Museum's Pacific Hall Grand Unveiling Event
Enjoy Live Entertainment, Food and Free Admission for the Entire Family 
Saturday, September 21
9 a.m. -- 9 p.m. at Bishop Museum
Mask, New Zealand

Pacific Hall at Bishop Museum, formerly Polynesian Hall, has completed a three-year, multimillion dollar renovation and restoration. The story behind the exhibit hall will extend beyond the borders of Polynesia to reveal historical connections among Pacific people in the areas of culture, daily life, and language. The exhibit will display key artifacts and objects uncovered during the archaeological expeditions mounted by Bishop Museum researchers over the last century in Tahiti, Marquesas, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, China and Taiwan. Pacific Hall will present a new perspective on the story of Pacific migration along with ground-breaking new data that revises the timeline of Pacific settlement, a result of the advancements made in the scientific techniques of archaeology, linguistics, and DNA testing.

Join the Bishop Museum for an all day celebration as we participate in a shared experience around all things Pacific -- food, fashion, films, lectures, art, music, dance, poetry and prose. 

9:30 a.m.
Public Opening Ceremony                           

Ceremonial Mask, Apouema

Gallery Lawn

11 a.m.
Kau Moana, Peoples of the Ocean Deep                
Tongan Storytelling with Emil Wolfgramm
Castle Memorial Building

12 noon
The Settlement of the Pacific and Hawaiian Origins
Lecture and book signing of A Shark Going Inland is My Chief
Patrick V. Kirch, University of Caifornia, Berkeley
Castle Memorial Building

Te Reinga
Collaborative dance performance featuring Māori choreographer Jack Gray
Great Lawn

1 p.m.
Reviving Traditional Marshallese Weaving

Building successful alliances for a cultural restoration project
Irene Taafaki, University of the South Pacific, Marshall Islands
Castle Memorial Building

Songs of Tonga                                                                            

Choir of First United Methodist Church, Honolulu                                           
Red Feather Currency, Tevalu
Great Lawn

2 p.m.
‘Anu‘u Nu‘u Ka ‘Ike
Community muraling in a celebration of relations
Lecture by Meleanna Meyer and Hālau     Pāheona
Castle Memorial Building

Te Lumanaki o Tokelau
Dance performance
Great Lawn
3 p.m.
The Role of Women in Oceania
Lecture by Laufata Simanu-Klutz                            
Fijian Barkcloth

Castle Memorial Building

4 p.m.
The Once Was an Island (Taku‘u)
Film presentation
Sponsored by Pacific Islanders in Communication                 
Castle Memorial Building

6 p.m.
Pacifika Poetry

Readings by Pacific artists
Castle Memorial Building

Te Vai Ura Nui

Tahitian dance performance
Great Lawn

7 p.m.
The Land of Eb (Marshall Islands)

Film presentation (90 minutes)
Followed by Q & A

Conch Shell Trumpet, Pūtona

Evening ‘ukulele concert
Great Lawn
Closing Program
Music and dance performances
Aaron Sala and Jack Gray

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