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Bridge Gallery Exhibits 2009

The Universe: Yours to Discover

(09/01/09 - 12/31/09)

The Universe: Yours to Discover is an exhibit of astronomical images in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.

The International Year of Astronomy is a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo turning his telescope to the sky. The exhibit features large format images by Jean-Charles Cuillandre, an astronomer at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, from the film "Hawaiian Starlight".

The exhibit was sponsored by the University of Hawaii Library, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, Institute for Astronomy & Friends of the IfA.

Karate: From Okinawa to Hawaii

(07/01/09 - 08/28/09)

Much more than a form of unarmed self-defense, Karate is a unique cultural legacy of Okinawa. It was brought to Hawaii by the earliest Okinawan immigrants. In fact, pre-war Hawaii was one of the first places where Karate was propagated outside of Okinawa. Hawaii remains an important center of Karate - an art which is not only a martial art, sport, and form of recreation, but a timeless cultural treasure of Okinawa.

Today, Karate is practiced worldwide by people of all races and ages. Based on a message of peace and characterized by the expression "Karate ni sente nashi" (there is no first attack in Karate), Karate is much more than a method of self-defense - it is a way to develop self-discipline, improve one's health, and refine one's character. The true test of Karate is in one's daily life.

The exhibit was sponsored by the University of Hawaii Library, Center for Okinawan Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, and the Consulate-General of Japan, Honolulu. Wayne Muromoto was our Art Director. For more information visit the Hawaii Karate Museum website.

‘Okika o Hawai‘i: Pressed for Time

(05/01/09 - 06/22/09)

Orchids have capivated humankind's imagination since time immemorial. Orchids are the largest and most diverse plant family on Earth. They are cosmopolitan, occurring in almost every habitat apart from deserts and glaciers.

In this exhibit, we present botanical prints of rare orchids; a live orchid garden; university research and commercial enterprise; cultural uses of the orchid in Hawaiian lei making, music, and hula; and, a diverse array of orchid inspired Oshibana artworks.

Tau Rima Tahiti: Crafting Performance

(03/02/09 - 04/28/09)

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Library presents two exhibits, Tau Rima Tahiti and ‘Ite ‘Upa‘upa, by curator and ethnomusicology candidate, Scott Bartlett, in the UH Manoa Library Bridge and Phase II Galleries, March 2 - April 28, 2009.

Tau Rima Tahiti describes skilled, steady, persistent handiwork, especially in competition, craftsmanship, or performance. Creativity, patience, and tau rima go into every costume, carving, and musical instrument that is part of ‘ori Tahiti, or Tahitian dance.

Tau Rima Tahiti: Crafting Performance showcases the craft artists and the material artifacts of ‘ori Tahiti in Hawai‘i. Examples of locally made costumes and instruments show how artists in Hawai‘i preserve Tahitian traditions through craftsmanship, innovation, creative use of resources, and the transmission of knowledge. Builders and makers construct these objects for the stage production, but their craftsmanship is a performance in and of itself. The materials of Tau Rima Tahiti celebrate these craftspeople and their central role in preserving Tahitian culture in Hawai‘i.

For more information, and to view videos and more images, visit Tau Rima Tahiti: Crafting Performance.

Year of Science 2009: Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species

(01/21/09 - 02/28/09)

2009 is an important year in the science community. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose work, Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago and became the foundation for all biological research that followed. It was 400 years ago this year, in 1609, that Galileo Galilei demonstrated the first telescope. Also in 1609 Johannes Kepler published his first two laws of planetary motion, which are still used today to describe the paths of the planets in our solar system.

As former U.S. Representative John Porter noted in an AAAS Policy Forum held in 2008: "scientists are, by every measure, the most respected people in America. But if the public and policymakers never hear your voices, never see scientists, never are exposed to science, never understand its methods, the chances of its being high on the list of national priorities will be very low."

These are just some of the reasons why the UH Manoa Library, in conjunction with the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science, is celebrating 2009 as the Year of Science. To highlight science and recognize scientific innovation, past and present, Hamilton Library's Science and Technology department has organized three exhibits in which celebrate the Year of Science and the scientists who describe our reality:

(II) Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species

A look at the life of Charles Darwin as he developed an understanding of the mechanism for the development of the astonishing diversity of organisms in nature. His seminal book Origin of Species continues to inform the discoveries in biological sciences today.

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