Hawaii is famous for its surfers, hula dancers, and aloha spirit. But did you know it was a monarchy, before its queen was forced to surrender the islands at gunpoint? Or that island folklore says volcanoes erupt because of the goddess Pele, and that shark gods help ships lost at sea?
The organizers of a new exhibit hope to shed new light on Hawaii's history, apart from its palm-trees-and-tourists resort image. Outside of Hawaii, the exhibit is the largest collection on the West Coast. The Henderson Library District will kick off the exhibit on Jan. 28 with a traditional opening ceremony, movies, crafts, and hula dancing.
Vincent 'Iokimo Souza, hula instructor and advisory committee member, Henderson Library Hawaiian Heritage Collection