'Mummies of the World' exhibit opens July 1 in Los Angeles
A 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru, one the oldest mummies ever discovered, is among the highlights of "Mummies of the World," opening at the California Science Center in Los Angeles this summer. It's the largest traveling exhibition ever assembled of mummies and artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt. The exhibition's state-of-the-art science tools and techniques help bridge the gap between past and present, and show that mummification has taken place all over the globe, from the desert sands of South America to Africa to remote European moors and bogs.
IN THE ISLANDS
HOTELS ON 4 ISLANDS OFFER RATES AS LOW AS $50 FOR CHARITY WALK
More than 20 hotels on O'ahu, the Big Island, Kaua'i and Maui are offering special kama'aina room rates as low as $50 per night for the upcoming Visitor Industry Charity Walk on May 15. The statewide event occurs simultaneously each year on the on the third Saturday in May.
More than 8,900 walkers raised more than $1 million in 2009 and helped more than 200 local charities.
Rates, restrictions and availability vary. See www.hawaiihotels.org and click on Charity Walk on the left-side bar.
EXPLORE 'HAWAII'S HISTORIC CORRIDORS' IN FOUNDATION'S BOOK
Almost hidden along an old coastal road on Lanai, Ka Lanakila o ka Malamalama church in abandoned Keomoku is silent and forlorn. It was built more than 100 years ago, and silt, dust and sand drift through its empty doorways and windows. Visitors sometimes leave donations in the bowl inside.
Stepping into Lanai history can be instant; petroglyphs, plantation machinery , shipwrecks, ranch land and old churches the tell tales.
Historic Hawaii Foundation's "Hawaii's Historic Corridors" is a compilation of "corridors" resonant to each island's history and architecture. On Lanai, farmer and former hotelier Alberta de Jetley writes about Lanai's past and present, including a profile of "Pineapple Man" Jim Dole.
With the aid of aerial, archival and present-day photographs, and a narrative from knowledgable local residents, Volume One features Nuuanu, Oahu; Waimea, Kauai; Wailuku, Maui; Kalaupapa, Molokai; Hilo, Hawaii; Lanai island and Kahoolawe.
Foundation president Peter Apo writes, "Our purpose is to frame a few historic corridors on each island that serve as signposts erected on the larger landscapes indicating the rich and vibrant history of the Hawaiian Islands ..."
Take a stroll down these corridors; you won't be disappointed. "Hawaii's Historic Corridors, Volume One" $18.95, www.historichawaii.org.