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Opening reception for "Eugenics in Hawai‘i" Exhibit

thu09nov1:30 pmthu4:00 pmOpening reception for "Eugenics in Hawai‘i" Exhibit1:30 pm - 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

Event Details

This exhibit, presented in partnership with Bishop Museum, aims to shed light on the now-discredited theory of eugenics. We are honored to have Michael Wilson, a Bishop Museum Exhibit Designer, as our guest speaker. He will provide insights into the exhibit and its historical context. The presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m., but we encourage you to join us at 1:30 p.m. for light refreshments in the library breezeway.

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

The exhibit 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.)


November 9, 2023 1:30 pm - 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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