Repatriation to Hawai'i (2017)

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Delegations from Hawaii and the colleagues from the German Museums in Saxony gather during the repatriation in Dresden with ceremonial leis. From left to right: Robert Folley (Economic Officer of the Embassy of the United States in Berlin), Dr Kamana'opono Crabbe (Ka Pouhana, Chief Executive Officer of The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)), Marion Ackermann (Generaldirektorin der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden), Philipp Schorsch (Leiter Abt. Wissenschaft SES (2018)), Birgit Scheps-Bretschneider (Leiterin Abt. wissenschaftliche Sammlungserschließung- und Dokumentation, Provenienzforschung und Restitution), Edward Halealoha Ayau (Liason Officer in The Office of Hawaiian Affairs on International Repatriation Matters, former Executive Director, Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawai'i Nei'), Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu (specialist of Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian Programs at the Department of American Studies, University of Hawai’i), Mr Kaleikoa Ka'eo (Leader and Educator from the Island of Maui), Kauila Keali'ikanaka'oleohaililani (Enkel, Grandson of Edward L.H. Kanahele), Dr. Eva-Maria Stange (Staatsministerin im Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst des Freistaates Sachsen (2019)), Nanette Snoep (Direktorin der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen (2018)

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In 2017, the Free State of Saxony made the first repatriation of ancestral remains to Hawai’i. Research between European archives and Hawai'ian oral history showed that the four remains in question were of royal descent and stolen from religious gravesites around the turn of the century. Today, the remains rest in their original burial sites.

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