Learning, Exploring, and (just a little) Relaxing: First full day on Oahu

Aloha from Waikiki!

As we are making our way through day three of the trip, I’m taking a little time to recount day two.

We started with a group trip to the Bishop Museum, the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. We were first treated to a docent tour about Hawaii’s native birds and the museum’s newest exhibit, on loan from the The National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for 10 years. The ‘ahu ʻula (feathered cloak) and mahiole (feathered helmet) were a gift to Captain Cook from Chief Kalani‘ōpu‘u on Cook’s arrival to the island of Hawai’i (now commonly referred to as the “Big Island”) in 1779. The yellow feathers used to create the cloak and helmet came from the mamo bird, which became extinct in 1898.

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Students then explored the museum to find information about Native Hawaiian culture, as well as other Polynesian cultures, that affected health status, health care practices, and health communication. We met as a group to discuss our thoughts and observations before heading off to new adventures. Students also had time to see a special exhibit about sugar and candy, as well as the science museum.

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In the evening, we had a group welcome dinner at Duke’s Hula Grill on Waikiki Beach. Wonderful food, great conversations, and a spectacular view (none of which I have pictures of at the moment), but I’ll post them later–I promise!