Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Anthropology

First Advisor

Christina Kreps, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Richard Clemmer-Smith

Third Advisor

Bonnie Clark

Fourth Advisor

Ginni Ishimatsu


Bishop museum, Hawaii, Indigenous curation, Lyman museum, Museums


This thesis explores the curation of aliʻi collections in the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and the Lyman House Memorial Museum. The aliʻi were once the ruling class of Hawai'i, whose chiefly ranks and statuses reflected their prestigious and complicated moʻokūʻauhau (genealogies). Although the aliʻi are no longer a visible social class in Hawai'i, their moʻokūʻauhau (genealogies) and moʻolelo (stories) are continually honored and preserved within the walls of museums. Through the use of a research design that draws from multiple museologies, indigenous epistemologies, and anthropological theories and methods, I examine the physical care, storage, exhibition, and interpretation of aliʻi collections, and explicate on the array of obsolete and innovative museum practices that are utilized in the curation of aliʻi collections. In the chapters to follow, I describe these practices and suggest some of the theoretical contributions that can be made through the study of aliʻi objects.

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Rights Holder

Halenakekanakalawai`aoMiloli`i Ka`ili`ehu Kapuni-Reynolds


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

322 p.


Museum studies