“Kini ke Kua”: Rare works of art on display at Bishop Museum


The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum will showcase its newest original exhibit, which will explore the relationships between kiʻi (images) and people. 

“Kini ke Kua: Transformative Images” will invite guests to engage with rare and treasured objects from the museum’s collections and from around the Pacific, in addition to new works from a contemporary indigenous artist specially commissioned for “Kini ke Kua.” 

This multifaceted presentation will encourage guests to carve their own paths in relationship to these revered objects and art forms. 

The exhibit will be on display in the Joseph M. Long Gallery from February 16 to September 2, 2019. 
Ki’i, which refers to images in the Hawaiian language, are a cornerstone of Hawaiian spirituality and can take many forms. Fashioned from wood, stone and other natural materials, ki’i become embodiments of deity: representations of akua (gods) and ʻaumākua (personal or family guardians). 

The exhibit will explore some of the ways in which relationships between kiʻi and people may change over time, how some of those changes have occurred, and to what extent such transformations shaped and reshaped images in different times and contexts.

General admission is $24.95 for adults.

The Bishop Museum is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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