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North American Sundial Society

Honolulu  

Sundial 340
State/Province:  Hawaii Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   21°18' 37" N Longitude:   157° 48' 42" W
Location:
  • Bishop Museum
    1525 Bernice St.
    Dial is located near the entrance to the Courtyard Gallery
 
Description:
  • As of May 2012, this dial was removed from display by museum staff.

    Bronze equatorial dial 20, inches in diameter. The dial is outlined by an ornate ring tilted in the plane of the polar axis with extending flames representing the sun. A gnomon rod bisects this ring. The dial base is a statue of the Hawaiian mythological figure Maui snaring the sun, Kala, with ropes to snare the sun. The dial itself is a semicircular portion of an equatorial ring with inscribed hour lines and raised Roman numerals. The dial has been exhibited in various museums in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver before permanent installation at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Gnomon and equatorial ring appear misaligned for 21 degree latitude. The museum is will correct the dial in the near future.
 
General Information:
  • Owner: Peggy Kala Hubacker
  • Designer: Peggy Kala Hubacker
  • Builder: Philip Peters, B7G Foundry
  • Construction Date: 1995
 
References:
  • Guardsman, (newspaper) Mar 7, 1996, p.5.
    Bishop Museum Newsletter April 1998

Last Revised: 6/27/2012 15:03