‘A Voyage to Health’ at Arizona Health Sciences Library

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:00am to Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 8:00pm

A Voyage to Health,” a traveling banner exhibition exploring the history of Kaho‘olawe and traditional voyaging, and how the resurgence of Native Hawaiian culture helped heal the soul of the community, is on display in the Arizona Health Sciences Library, Tucson Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Monday, Sept. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 19.

A Voyage To Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging that first brought the people of Hawai‘i to their island homes. Much of the valuable knowledge of voyaging was lost as a consequence of the suppression of traditional ways. As part of a wider movement to reintroduce traditional ways, Native Hawaiians are mastering the knowledge and skills of their elders. By restoring their heritage, this new generation seeks to heal the people. A Voyage to Health explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being and self-determination.

The exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

The AHS Library, Tucson Campus, has supplemented the exhibit with displays about medicinal plants used in Hawaii, featuring items loaned by Richard Wiedhopf, assistant dean for finance and facilities, UA College of Pharmacy; fruits grown in Hawaii that have health benefits, including caimoto, cherimoya and dragon fruit, selected by Nga Nguyen, senior library specialist; and Hawaiian items, loaned by Lynn Tomasa, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit may be viewed Sundays through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please note: There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, Mondays-Fridays, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (free on Saturdays and Sundays) in the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus Visitor/Patient Parking Garage; the AHS Library, Tucson Campus, is unable to validate parking. Several metered parking spaces are available in the UA 2012 Lot Specific Permit parking lot, on North Cherry Avenue between East Drachman Street and East Mabel Street, southwest of the AHS Library. After 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays parking is free in the UA 2012 Lot Specific Permit parking lot and nearby UA Zone 1 lots.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Jeanette Ryan, deputy director, AHS Library, Tucson Campus, 520-626-6143, email jlr@ahsl.arizona.edu