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KHS Members Only: “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” Opening Reception

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5pm to 7pm, Kona Historical Society Headquarters

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Kona Historical Society members are invited to the Opening Reception of a new exhibit highlighting cultural contributions from Kona’s many ethnic groups. We welcome our members to this special event at Kona Historical Society’s Kealakekua headquarters on Wednesday, December 12 from 5pm to 7pm to celebrate the opening of “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” with light holiday refreshments.

Through historical photographs and artifacts showcased alongside contemporary artworks from three Kona artists, “Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring” will illustrate a deeply significant Hawaiian concept, also shared by many cultures, of the importance of taking a gift when one travels, and being prepared to express one’s respect and appreciation in the form of a pūʿolo, a small package or bundle. Artwork, oral histories, photos and artifacts reflecting Native Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese, and English heritage appear alongside each other to illustrate a tapestry of cultures that create Kona’s unique sense of place.

To confirm your membership and to RSVP, please call (808)323-3222 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) before Friday, December 7.

Supported by the State of Hawaii Grant-in-Aid program “Hele Me Ka Pū‘olo: The Gifts We Bring,” will be open to the public starting Monday, December 10, 2018 at Kona Historical Society’s headquarters in Kealakekua, and will be on display until June 27, 2019.

This exhibit is sponsored by Hawaii State Grant in Aid, Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, County of Hawaii Nonprofit Grant in Aid, Kona Transportation, Hannah Kihalani Springer, and The Aoki Family in Honor of Natsuko and Yasuto Aoki. Kona Historical Society is a community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Smithsonian Museum affiliate that has spent the past four decades collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Kona districts and their rich cultural heritage within Hawaii.