Since 1959, Hawai‘i has been a state of the USA with a very special history. Discovered and settled by Polynesians over 800 years ago, Captain James Cook was the first European to reach the islands. Until 1893, the archipelago was a sovereign kingdom whose last Queen was overthrown despite the fierce resistance of the Hawaiian people. The regaining of their lost independence is still an important long-term political aim for many Hawaiians. In the exhibition contemporary works by Hawaiian artists enter into a dialogue with unique 18th-century objects from the Cook/Forster Collection of the University of Göttingen: current discussions on the present and future are linked to a look back at the past.