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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2010

Bishop Museum, two others partner for historic exhibition

Advertiser Staff

Bishop Museum, the British Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum are partnering to bring together the three largest Kū images in the world for a historic exhibition this summer.

"E Kū Ana Ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Kū Images" will be held at Bishop Museum from June 5 through October 4.

It will be the first time in more than 150 years that three traditional Kū images of this size and magnitude will be displayed alongside one another, a news release from Bishop Museum stated. Derived from the prophecy chant of Kapihe, E Kū Ana Ka Paia literally means "the Walls Shall Stand Firm." The images will be featured in Hawaiian Hall, with a related interpretive display in the nearby J.M. Long Gallery.

Kū is known throughout the Pacific as the god of procreation, prosperity, and warfare.

"This exhibition of bringing together the three Kū is significant for the Hawaiian people and the Hawaiian nation," Bishop Museum President & CEO Timothy Johns said in a released statement. "We are grateful to our many Native Hawaiian consultants who are helping in the planning of this exhibit and our funders who have given tremendous support to see this come to fruition."