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"Eugenics in Hawai'i" table exhibit

mon13nov(nov 13)9:00 amfri15dec(dec 15)4:00 pm"Eugenics in Hawai'i" table exhibit(November 13) 9:00 am - (December 15) 4:00 pm(GMT-10:00) Hale La‘akea Library Learning Commons, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd, Kane‘ohe, HI 96744 Event Organized ByBishop MuseumDr. Jacqueline Maly

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Come visit this thought-provoking table exhibit in Hale La‘akea Library. “Eugenics in Hawai’i” is an exploration of early anthropological research in Hawai‘i influenced by scientific racism. This exhibit, presented in partnership with Bishop Museum, aims to shed light on the now-discredited theory of eugenics. It will run from November 9 through December 15, and will be open for viewing during our library hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Please note that the library is closed on weekends and state holidays.)

The “Eugenics in Hawai’i” table exhibit challenges the notion that race is a biological truth, countering the popular anthropological theories of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These attempts to turn the study of race into an objective science left a lasting and destructive legacy. The exhibit features a reproduction of Pierre Marie Dumoutier’s cephalometer, designed to take head measurements to classify people into racial categories, as well as reproductions of hair and eye color charts to further measure physical differences in population.

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jacqueline Maly for her generous support, which made this exhibit possible.

If you have any questions or need more information about the event, please feel free to reach out to our Head Librarian, Sarah Sur, at


November 13, 2023 9:00 am - December 15, 2023 4:00 pm(GMT-10:00)


Hale La‘akea Library Learning Commons

45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd, Kane‘ohe, HI 96744

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