Maoli Arts Month is right around the corner. Visit www.maoliartsmonth.org for a full listing of events.
Kahi’s latest mural installed at the Mokupapapa Discovery Center in Hilo depicts his interpretation of the first eight Wa in the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian Creation Chant. Filled with marine life, it pays homage to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, or as we know it, Papahanaumokuakea, a marine national monument dedicated to resource protection, science, education, and cultural preservation. While Papahanaumokuakea has restricted access, the Mokupapapa Discovery Center acts as its gateway. Free and open to the public, when you’re in Hilo, please visit, 76 Kamehameha Ave.
View the coverage here, courtesy of Big Island Video News:
Ahh, the (occasional) benefits that come with these artsy jobs… Kahi was invited along with other maoli painters to do some painting in their cast member cafeteria…in exchange for Room & Board for the Family!!! How cool is that! We totally enjoyed the stay which was for 3days and 2nights. This place totally deserving to be the next best place for a Staycation! Aulani, see you in 2012! http://resorts.disney.go.com/aulani-hawaii-resort/
A special exhibit (thru Jan. 8, 2012) of paintings from the Forbidden City, China, a few not normally accessible to the Chinese public, this is your chance to view this amazing show! A lot of hard work went into this show of only two months. Check it out! Congrats especially to HAA curator Shawn Eichman, Larry Maruya and the gang at the Installations Department, and graphic designer Jared Stone. Visit http://honoluluacademy.org/art/exhibitions/11737-masterpieces_landscape_painting_forbidden_city for more info, and for everything else in between!
K&D on the Job:
Images from: http://www.facebook.com/honoluluacademy
Come see the “A Team”s recent creation installed at the ground floor of the Hawai’i Convention Center. Kumu, including Meleanna Meyer, Al Lagunero, Harinani Orme, Solomon Enos, and Kahi, along with Alaka’i and Haumana, created this 64 foot mural representing Indigenous economies. A lot of press and videos! Check them out! http://www.facebook.com/hawaiikakou, Google Hawai’i Kakou, YouTube Videos.
It’s that time again! Kahi will be offering bonsai classes this fall at the Academy Art Center. Please see the following link, http://www.honoluluacademy.org/learn/classes/flowers_plants/12254-contemporary_bonsai_studies to register. Classes start September 8th. Shown below is Richelle working on sumi painting techniques. Drawing and painting aids students in designing bonsai trees.
Got to see the Aulani for the first time…Completed! We saw all of our Artist ‘Ohana’s work throughout the premise, from the architecture, to the interior of the rooms, very beautiful and magnificent, truly a sight to see and experience! Coming to the Aulani even to just see the art is worth the drive! They really did a fantastic job of telling a story! We tried to see Kahi’s wood sculpture, but couldn’t as the room that had his artwork was occupied! Next time. There was a wonderful Mahalo Reception and the food was so ‘ono! Mahalo to Disney Imagineering Crew, Peggy Krantz, John Condrey, and Maile Meyer for including us in this project! Wanted to share that Kahi painted a few Vinylmations that went out as gifts to media press as gifts…we saw one online that was sold through ebay, sad but at the same time cool.
Maoli Art in Real Time is back! And rolling one after the other! Dates and venues if you can make it:
- MAiRT @ CNHA (Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement) 10th Annual Convention, Hawai’i Convention Center, Moloka’i Room, August 23-25
- MAiRT @ Western Museums Association Annual Meeting, Hawai’i Convention Center, 3rd Floor Breezeway, September 23-26
- MAiRT @ Windward Community College 11th Annual Ho’olaulea Benefit, Hale ‘Akoakoa, October 1