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Hawaii — By byun on July 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm
Filed under: Art, featuredarticle, museum, surfing

New Surfing Exhibit at the Bishop Museum

All summer through September 6, 2010 the Bishop Museum will be having a historical surfing exhibit in its Castle Memorial Building.   The exhibit is called “Surfing: Featuring the Historic Surfboards in Bishop Museum’s Collection” and will explore the history of surfing with memorable photos, surfboards, and artifacts.

Specifically, there will be more than 25 historic surfboards from Bishop Museum’s collection, including some owned and used by ali‘i.  Visitors will get to learn about old surfboard design practices and how design has evolved and developed through modern times.  In addition, a surf simulator is on hand that allows visitors to try their hand at surfing right in the halls of the exhibit.  Historic photos from Bishop Museum’s Library and Archives are scattered throughout the exhibit, providing a nostalgic atmosphere of old Hawaii’s surfing culture.

While you’re at it, you should check out the unique Ku images in the special “E Ku Ana Ka Paia: Unification, Responsibility and the Ku Images” exhibit at Bishop Museum’s Hawaiian Hall & J.M. Long Gallery, also running through the summer until October 4, 2010.

Kū is known throughout the Pacific as the god of procreation, prosperity, and warfare. Coinciding with the bicentennial of the unification of the Hawaiian Kingdom, these treasured Kū images provide an unprecedented opportunity to explore issues such as cultural identity, family and community responsibility, political sovereignty, and the role of museums in fostering cross-cultural dialogue.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and closed on Tuesdays. Parking is free.

The Bishop Museum is located at 1525 Bernice Street in Honolulu. For more information call 808.847.3511 or visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Bishop Museum.

Tags: Art, featuredarticle, museum, surfing

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