An oil on canvas by William Hodges of "A view of Point Venus and Matavai Bay (Tahiti), looking east, August 1773."
Life in the Pacific
Get a last glimpse of objects from pre-Western contact cultures of the Pacific in the "Life in the Pacific of the 1700s" exhibit, a monumental show of some 350 objects now on display at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
The items were collected by Capt. James Cook during his two final Pacific Ocean voyages between 1768 and 1779, and hail from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tonga, the Marquesas, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Hawaii and the Northwest Coast of America.
The items, used for both daily life and ritual, include clothing, weapons, tools, musical instruments, household objects and objects of adornment.
Also included in the exhibit are paintings by William Hodges (1744-1797), who accompanied Cook on his second voyage through the South Pacific. Hodges' works are on loan from various museums and collectors.
Pieces in "Life in the Pacific" are from the Cook/Forster collection of the Georg August University of Göttingen. The museum at Göttingen became the first ethnographic museum in the world in 1770.
"Life in the Pacific" runs through May 14 at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
The academy has waived its admission daily through May 14, during the "Life in the Pacific" exhibit.
Call 532-8700 for more information.
A mourning dress is from 18th century Tahiti and the Society Islands.
A fan from 18th century Hawaii is among the historical treasures on display in the "Life in the Pacific of the 1700s" exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The show runs through May 14.
A kapa piece from Hawaii.
A headband called an uhikana, from the Marquesas Islands, is adorned with a shell, tortoiseshell and feather tufts.
A headrest from Tahiti and the Society islands made of Tamanu wood.