Statue of King Kamehameha I

Statue of King Kamehameha I

The conservation of the King Kamehameha I sculpture in North Kohola, Hawai`I demonstrates a dynamic of public involvement in conservation. It shows how information gained from material analysis and archival research can merge with cultural knowledge to inform conservation decisions. New knowledge gained during treatment alters what is done to the object, in a continuous process of discussion, feedback, and intervention. Such participatory engagement has potential to broaden conservation research while opening up relationships between communities and heritage objects. It enables people to take greater control over elements of the environment in the process of conservation objects and cultural sites. (Wharton 2008)

(This project was funded in part through a grant the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.)

Wharton, Glenn. “Dynamics of Participatory Conservation: The Kamehameha I Sculpture Project.” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Vol 47, No. 3, 2008: 159-173.

A case study of the Kamehameha I Statue Conservation Project is available at Americans for the Arts as a PDF.

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