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Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place Exhibit

wahi: a few, some of
pana: the heartbeat of a place, the beat or pulse of time, a place of note or legend

The public is enthusiastically welcomed at the opening reception for Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place exhibit. Featuring oli, hula, live music, refreshments and beautiful flowers – it will be a fantastic outing! The orientation of Oahu artists was largely accomplished through the efforts of Kumu Joe Recca, Kumu Glen Kila, and Dr. Paul Brennan, archaeologist and president of the Kailua Historical Society. All three of these wonderful educators will be in attendance, as well as most of the artists. We are looking forward to sharing a wonderful event with you!

Dawn Yoshimura Explains the concept of the Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place Exhibit

Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) held a three-day statewide on-site art creation event preceded by cultural training about the selected locations. Hawai’i resident artists were invited to participate in the event to create art on location and capture the wahi pana they feel about the place. The upcoming exhibition will display the results of the event and provide a comprehensive view of contemporary local artists working in the islands today. Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place will expand the eyes of kanaka ma’oli, kama’aina, and malihini alike as they rediscover familiar locales through different eyes, learn new history, and nourish a sense of curiosity and respect for places not yet seen.

 On the left, rural 1800s Waikiki as depicted in the painting Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa by Charles Furneaux is juxtaposed with a modern photo courtesy of Christopher Chappelear, Composite image courtesy of Wendy Roberts
Waikiki through time: On the left, rural 1800s Waikiki as depicted in the painting Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa by Charles Furneaux blended with a modern photo courtesy of Christopher Chappelear, Composite image by Wendy Roberts

The prospectus is ready and the educational opportunities are starting very soon. Check back often for updates, resources, and information to get ready between now and March 6 so that you will be able to participate March 8 – 10, 2019.

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