Thursday, June 04, 2009

Hawaiian Wax Museum- Captain James Cook Discovers Hawaii


This intriguing scene from the Hawaiian Wax Museum shows the meeting between Captain James Cook (1728-1789) and Hawaiian King Kalaniopuu (1729-1782). The two exchanged gifts, of linens, cloaks, sugar, fruits, sabers, etc. But soon the relations with the Hawaiian peoples became strained, and a fight resulted between them, ending in Cook's death. However, this scene highlights the historic nature of the first meetings between the explorer and the inhabitants of Hawaii.

Captain James Cook holding what looks to be the saber that he gave Kalaniopuu.

Kalaniopuu preparing to receive the gift.

A crewman holding a linen shirt, one of the gifts for the king.


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