So today I went to check things out at Bishop Museum,
For a poshy by invite only reception that I went to for a television station where we aired commercials for where I work. I got there about an hour early, so I casually walked past the reception area and snuck my way into the museum's displays, lol. Very recently the Bishop Museum had redone Hawai'i Hall, where a number of artifacts are currently up for display. In the past the stuff they had for display were pretty drabby, and it remained like that from when I was a lil kid until my adulthood. The museum made the smart move of bringing in a group of Hawaiian artists, educators (like my boss), and cultural practitioners to give Hawai'i Hall a facelift, and it sure paid off. You gotta just see it for yourself, there's art done by Hawaiians, and the displays tell what I feel is a true story of our people.
The museum does come with its share of controversy, where they have in storage bones of our ancestors. Why the controversy? Well, many Hawaiians (like myself) believe that the bones (along with their noho pu or sacred belongings) of our ancestors or kupuna belong in the ground where they were buried. That's why, when I'm long gone, I want my body to be cremated and thrown into the ocean, so that I can drift about and feed a school of fish which will feed a family. I know, it's pretty profound and deep stuff, but I figure I share.