book and media reviews 243 exhibition relied heavily on technol- ments of ancient Pacific Islanders and ogy. While technology hastened the the ways in which the Hōkūle‘a brings decline of seafaring and the use of this illustrious past into the present. ancient tools such as the Ipu makani Moreover, the Pacific Hall’s emphasis o La‘amaomao (1883), a wind gourd on migration and settlement through- that is said to have assisted in creat- out Oceania gives contextual accounts ing optimal sailing conditions, Holo of voyaging’s ties to ancestry, sustain- Moana utilized technology to show- ability, and innovation. The breadth case the renewal of Oceanic naviga- of the museum’s collection related to tion. In addition to touch screens, Oceanic voyaging traditions under- the gallery also contained a monitor pins the timely significance of Holo and headset for visitors to listen to a Moana—and long-distance voyag- navigator recalling his experiences, a ing more broadly—as an exhibition wind simulator inviting people to “call critically needed to “re-awaken, re- the wind” and learn about native wind activate, and re-envision” wayfinding names, and a small “story dome” and bring attention to what Oceanic (projection theater) where Thompson knowledge teaches us about Earth and narrated the
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 28, 2019
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