The Maoli Arts Alliance is sponsoring a show on the theme of “Contact”, inviting audiences to reach outside their usual boundaries to connect with new ideas, people, and projects. The exhibition at the Honolulu Museum School includes daily dialogs with artists and other community members who are working for positive change. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.
CONTACT is on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery through Monday, April 21.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 8pm
Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona.
• April 15, 6:30-8pm: Cade Watanabe | Value of Hawaii: Why we need labor organizing and art today | Front lawn
• April 16, 6:30-8pm: Kawika Patterson | Value of Hawaii: Prisons and sanctuaries of healing | Front lawn
Patterson looks at the valuable concept of puʻuhonua—safe and sacred places or people, while raising some of the following questions: How can prisons become places of healing? How will that require changes on the part of the prison system? What changes will be required on the part of communities?
• April 17, 6:30-8pm: Betty Ickes | Value of Hawaii: Oceanic Connections | Front lawn
Ickes explores Hawaiʻi’s connections and disconnections from other places and peoples in Oceania, and presents ongoing efforts to build relationships between Hawai‘i and other Pacific Island cultures and peoples, while also addressing the linked roles of art and education in these efforts.
• April 18, 6:30-7:30pm: On Being Hawaiian | Open dialogue | Art School Community Room
All are welcome to join this conversation exploring the themes presented in the book On Being Hawaiian by John Dominis Holt. Eighty copies will be available in the exhibition, and 80 are available at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i.
• April 19, 3-5pm: Ikaika Hussey, Jonathan Scheuer, Shannon Crivello | Calling Out Contact: Is the Huffington Post Racist? | Art School Community Room
Is aloha dead? F white people? This panel seeks to explore the contentions of racism, identity, and aloha in Hawai‘i's mediascape. Join the timely discussion. How should we engage in media today? Can we make aloha tangible?
• April 20, 4:30-6pm: Meleanna Aluli Meyer | Hei Lei, Hei Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani | Art School Community Room
This 45-minute program celebrates the enduring legacies of Queen Lili‘uokalani with community readings from the Queen’s autobiography Hawaii’s Story, a seven-minute vignette inspired by the Queen, and a singalong of some of the Queen’s music.
• April 21: Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula | Value of Hawaii: Health and inequality | Front lawn