Hawaiian ancestral human remains, treasures repatriated from Ireland

  • Contributed photo Photo caption: Pictured L-R at the official ceremony at Ulster Museum are Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive of NMNI; Dane Uluwehi Maxwell, Hui Iwi Kuamoʻo; Mana Caceres, Hui Iwi Kuamoʻo; Kalehua Caceres, Hui Iwi Kuamoʻo; Starr Kalahiki, Hui Iwi Kuamoʻo; and Aaron Snipe of the US Embassy, London.

HONOLULU — Following ongoing dialogue with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and Hui Iwi Kuamo‘o, the National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI) hosted an official handover ceremony at Ulster Museum in Belfast this month and successfully repatriated iwi kupuna (ancestral Hawaiian human remains) and five mea makamae pili ali‘i (treasures associated with ali‘i) which were a part of the World Cultures Collection.

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