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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2010

Bishop Museum program on today’s use of traditional objects

Advertiser Staff

Bishop Museum’s Traditions of the Pacific program presents a discussion of “Contemporary Uses of Traditional Hawaiian Objects” with Nanette Napoleon, 6-7 p.m. April 15 at the museum’s Atherton Hālau.

"The use of traditional Hawaiian objects has morphed greatly over the years,” Napoleon said in a press release. “In recent years, these objects have lost their utilitarian purpose but have become important symbols of Hawaiian culture and pride."
Napoleon, a freelance researcher and historian who specializes in the history and cultures of Hawai’i, will lead the discussion in tracing the development of traditional objects from their original functional forms to their current celebrated forms of contemporary Native Hawaiian art.
Following a brief lecture, participants will have a chance to sit down with guest artisans Umi Kai and Richard Paglinawan (weapon making), Tammy Tavares (gourds), and Noa Napoleon (koa jewelry) to learn more about their crafts and the artistic process.
Cost is $5; free for Bishop Museum members. Reservations are required by April 12: call 847-8296 or e-mail trey.dodge@bishopmuseum.org.