I worked with Mara Mulrooney and Charmaine Wong in the Archaeology Collections of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in late 2016. Under their direction I cataloged Hawai’ian artifacts into the museum’s physical collections and digital archives. These artefacts were predominantly found during archaeological excavations conducted in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. This work also involved the inventorying and digitization of documents and photographs related to those and other field projects. Not only does cataloging and digitizing archaeological artifacts and documents make it easier for staff but it also makes the information more accessible for the community and/or researchers who are interested in Hawai’i’s past.
The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. Initially the Museum was established to house the Princess’ extensive collection of Hawai’ian artifacts and royal family heirlooms. Over the decades since its’ opening it has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures. The Bishop Museum’s mission statement is “to be a gathering place and educational center that actively engages people in the presentation, exploration and preservation of Hawai’i’s cultural heritage and natural history, as well as its ancestral cultures throughout the Pacific”.
While in Honolulu I was lucky enough to stay with a friend in a house under a mango tree in the Waikiki area. I not only learned more about Hawai’i’s past but also to spent time appreciating the island’s natural beauty!
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