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Hokule'a crew gets a special tour of the Peabody Essex Museum

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After spending two days in Salem, M.A., the Hokule'a crew is now engaging with the community in Portsmouth, N.H.

During their time in Salem, the crew was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Oceanic Arts and Culture Gallery, which is currently closed to the public due to renovations. 

The museum’s collection consists of 20,000 objects from more than 36 island groups in Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. Among them are 5,000 Hawaiian objects that form one of the most important collections of its kind outside of Hawaii. 

Part of the collection is one of the three statue images of Hawaiian god Kuka'ilimoku. Only two other large carved images of Kuka'ilimoku have survived: one at the British Museum and the other at the Bishop Museum. The three Ku images were brought together for the first time in more than 150 years for a groundbreaking exhibit at Bishop Museum in 2010. 

Hokule'a will set sail again on Tuesday for Portland, Maine.

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