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COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM Model canoes: Master noninstrument navigator Mau Piailug of Satawal made the model canoe on the left for former Peace Corps member Wayne Hill, who worked in Micronesia. The model on the right is from Manihiki in the Cook Islands. Both are part of the Pacific Hall collection at Bishop Museum. More items from the collection are shown below.
COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM Master noninstrument navigator Mau Piailug of Satawal.
COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM Finely carved wooden slit drums of Vanuatu represent ancestors and the ancestors' voices. The towering drums were played at major social and ceremonial occasions and were used to communicate between villages.
COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM Conch shell: This trumpet made of shell (Charonia tritonis), coconut fiber, human hair and bone is from the Marquesas Islands. It was donated to Bishop Museum in 1897 by Samuel T. Alexander, who reported it was blown to announce the birth of a high chief.
COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM Earplugs: Traditional bone earplugs are from the Marquesas Islands.
COURTESY BISHOP MUSEUM Fishing lures: Various lures from Tonga and the Marshall and Solomon islands were used to troll for bonito.
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM John Koon unfurled a sail made from Fijian pandanus (or lau hala) next to the Fijian fishing canoe inside the newly renovated Pacific Hall at Bishop Museum in April. The canoe from the island of Fulunga in southern Fiji traveled around the world to its new home at the museum. Koon purchased the canoe in the mid-1980s from a Fijian family.