Ah, the eternal question of whether what you’re doing is bloggable or not. And then the mom conundrum that even if it IS blog fodder, by the time you get around to posting it’s soooooo last week.
So, the Altered Bra fundraiser for the Hawai’i chapter of the American Cancer Society went to the Hardrock Cafe last Friday in conjunction with their Pinktober fundraising efforts for Kapiolani Medical Center. My bra was one of the high earners and went to a lovely young lady who’s mom works in the labor and delivery ward at the hospital. My photos were crap though, so there’s nothing to see.
Furlough Fridays have begun (better to have fewer school days than fewer teachers, yes?), so I took the kids to the Bishop Museum to see the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit and the newly refurbished Hawaiian Hall.
The dinos got a definite thumbs up.
The kids were surprised to find that they liked the Hawaiian Hall too (click for a bigger pic).
It is a wonderful combination of the historic building and it’s original collection, plus contemporary works to deepen the cultural understanding. It’s organized in layers too, moving through water, land and air, as well as through time as one ascends the stairs to each level. The painting detail above is from a 16 panel artwork by Carl Pao depicting the Kumulipo, or cosmology chant that is a kind of creation myth. The modern artworks blend seamlessly with the ancient artifacts, like one of our favorites, the spittoon below.
Yes, those are molars imbedded in the wood. By taking the teeth of those you defeat, you take their power, or mana, as well. Putting your refuse in a vessel holding the mana of those you’ve defeated humiliates them all the more. Not that we’re out defeating anybody.
More random stuff later.