HONOLULU, HI — The Native Voices traveling exhibition, which was in the lobby of Kapi’olani Community College’s Lama Library throughout August 2015, fostered supporting activities and local interest.
For example, Kapi’olani Community College supplemented the Native Voices traveling exhibition by creating an accompanying exhibit on Hawaiian medicinal herbs. The latter featured books from the Lama Library’s collection. One of the College’s security guards told a Kapi’olani Community College librarian that he enjoyed the medicinal herbal exhibit so much that he checked out all of the featured books.
The Native Voices exhibition also generated interest among other College staff members. For instance, some custodians from the Lama Library listened to selected iPad presentations within the Native Voices traveling exhibition. In addition, Kapi’olani Community College undergrads visited the exhibition, along with groups of local high school students, including some from the Farrington High School Health Academy.
One student in the Academy group said the traveling exhibition, “taught us how other places practice medicine, and how Native Americans practice naturopathic medicine.”
The Farrington High School Health Academy offers a three-year interdisciplinary program for high school students interested in health careers. The program is co-sponsored by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, among others.
Kapi’olani Community College (KCC) is a member of the University of Hawaii community college system. KCC offers a number of degrees in health, including Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Medical Laboratory Technology, Emergency Medical Technology, and Diagnostic Sonography. KCC also has an award-winning Culinary Arts program, which offers a unique specialization in Pastry Arts.
KCC is named after Hawaii’s Queen Kapi’olani, who reigned during the late 1800s. The Queen raised funds to build the Kapi’olani home for girls, whose parents had Hansen’s Disease (leprosy). The Queen also donated a home she inherited from her sister to establish the Kapi’olani Maternity Home, which is now the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children. U.S. President Barack Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in 1961.
Updated December 2, 2015 to include information about the Farrington High School Health Academy’s visit to see the Native Voices traveling exhibition.