Picturing Hawai‘i

Grades: 3-4
Tour length:
1.5 hours
900 S. Beretania Street
Tuesday – Friday, starting Nov 1, 2013
9 + 10:30am
Group Size:
60 maximum
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Students explore the changes and continuity of Hawaiian culture during Western contact by considering the viewpoints of Hawaiians, explorers, merchants, missionaries, and modern artists. The museum collection reflects the reactions, influences, and changes experienced from pre-contact through modern times. Writing activities will be completed in a tour booklet given to each student. 

Artwork on this tour:

Robert Dampier (British, 1800–1874), Kamehameha III (detail) 1825. Oil on canvas. Gift of Eliza Lefferts Cooke, Charles M. Cooke III, and Carolene Alexander Cooke Wrenn in memory of Dr. C. Montague Cooke, Jr., 1951 (1066.1)
. (Pictured above)

Theodore Wores. The Lei Maker, Hawaiʻi, 1901. Oil on canvas. Gift of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson, 1986 (5490.1).


Add a film to your tour for FREE following the Thursday 9am tour.

E Ho‘omau! Animated Shorts
See local filmmakers’ beautifully animated renditions of traditional Hawaiian stories from the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning animated short-film series E Ho‘omau!,

E Ho‘omau! (to persevere; to learn from the past and perpetuate the good) is a culturally rich curriculum development project funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education

Why Maui Snared The Sun
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 19 mins.
Long ago, Kalā (the sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of Māui, the demigod. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summons all his courage and travels to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronts the Mighty Kalā.

The Menehune and the Birds
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 23 mins.
Kēhau, a young Menehune boy, and his best friend, a little ‘elepaio bird, discover that a group of men has been killing the birds of the Kaua‘i rainforest in order to harvest their feathers faster. Kēhau and the ‘elepaio seek out the Menehune Chief and his warriors to help save their friends and find a way to change the habits of these men or risk losing the beautiful birds forever.

Pele Searches for a Home
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 25 mins.
Pele, the primal force of volcanic heat and lava, leaves her ancient home of Kahiki and searches out a new home for herself and her family. As she travels down the Hawaiian island chain, she is pursued by and battles her eldest sister Nāmaka, the goddess of water and the sea. After a climactic battle on the island of Maui, she finally finds refuge in Kīlauea on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Department of Education Benchmarks

Social Studies
SS.4.1.1 Describe both change and continuity of aspects of Hawaiian culture (including religion, land use, and social systems)
SS.4.3.3 Describe the cultural contributions of different groups to the development of Hawai‘i
SS.4.3.4 Describe the theories of early migrations from parts of Polynesia to Hawai‘i, including migration myths and legends
SS.4.3.5 Identify reasons that early explorers, settlers, and immigrants came to Hawaii (including the influence of Pa‘ao) or the Polynesian region and describe what their lives and experiences were like.
SS.4.3.7 Describe the interactions (including economic exchanges and wars) among different cultural and ethnic groups in early Hawai‘i
SS.4.6.3 Describe the changes in Hawaiian culture through contact with Westerners
WL.IE.4.1.1 Engage in conversations about likes, dislikes, and personal preferences (role-play)

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