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      November 21, 2019

      Thursday   6:00 PM

      1525 Bernice Street
      Honolulu, Hawaii

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      The Cultural and Scientific Importance of Hawaiian Land Snails

      Bishop Museum, Atherton Halau General: $10 Members receive 10% off https://www.bishopmuseum.org/events/ Register for this Science Talk exploring the cultural and scientific importance of Hawaiian land snails with Dr. Norine Yeung, Bishop Museum Malacology Curator, and Dr. Sam Ohu Gon III, Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor at the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii. Hawaiian snails are both diverse and important to our cultural and natural heritage. The earliest sections of the Kumulipo (a Hawaiian creation chant) are devoted to invertebrates of land and sea. "Singing" land snails played an important role in love poetry and characterizations of place, and even their names reference details about their habitat. Historically, land snails were believed to sing, and were called "pupukanioe," meaning the shell that sounds long. Traditional oli (chant) and moolelo (stories) also illustrate geographic knowledge and habitat of our native snails. Similarly, the natural science collections of the Bishop Museum tie species to specific locations and habitats. So both Hawaiian traditional knowledge and scientific information work together to offer insight into the diversity and biogeography of land snails.

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