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Congratulations to Wahi Pana Award Winners

Ho’omaika’i ‘ana! Congratulations goes out to two participating artists who won special recognition for their submissions to Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place. The Spirit of Wahi Pana Award was given to Jimmy Tablante for his watercolor from Poka’i Bay ‘The Beautiful Day’ and the AHA President’s Award was given to Barbara Sumida for her oil also from Poka’i Bay ‘Ku’ilioloa Heiau.

AHA President Kimberly Howsley with AHA President’s Award winner Barbara Sumida
Winner of the AHA President’s Award. Ku’ilioloa Heiau. Oil. Barbara Sumida.

The Spirit of Wahi Pana Award was selected by Marlene Siu, HoMAS Gallery Manager after consultation by the two Hawaiian Kumu “Uncle Joe” Recca of Waikiki and Kumu Glen Kila of Marae Ha’a Koa. The criteria for selection was how well the artist appeared to have incorporated the following four criteria into their piece:

  1. Authenticity. This spoke to whether or not the artist appeared to have made a connection to the mo’olelo (story) and the ‘aina (land) of their selected wahi pana they responded to. This was judged upon their written reflection as well as the imagery and mood they evoked. The kumu and Ms. Siu evaluated these.
  2. Intellectual Content. This spoke to how well the artist seemed to understand and then interpret through their own personal perspective the mo’olelo they received. Creative use of this knowledge, accuracy of mo’olelo or the location, merging of the artist’s personal experience with the mo’olelo shared by the kumu. The kumu and Ms. Siu evaluated these.
  3. Technical skill. This spoke to how well the chosen media and method was incorporated by the artist. This was evaluated by Ms. Siu and consultation with the HoMA Curatorial staff.
  4. Integration of the whole. This spoke to how well the chosen media, method, content and sense of place was evoked by the artwork. Was oil the right choice? Was the stylistic choices or composition especially enhancing of the integration of the whole? This was evaluated by Kumu and Ms. Siu.
Spirit of Wahi Pana Award. The Beautiful Day. Watercolor. Jimmy Tablante.
Spirit of Wahi Pana Award winner Jimmy Tablante and AHA President Kimberly Howsley

AHA President Kimberly Howsley shared: “On behalf of Kumu Recca and Kumu Kila, along with Marlene Siu, I would like to share about how & why Jimi Tablante’s painting, A Beautiful Day was chosen for the Spirit of Wahi Pana Award of a $250 gift certificate generously donated by Chromaco Fine Art Printing in Iwalei.”

Howsley continues: “A decision was very challenging as there were so many great pieces. After much thought, Marlene paced the gallery for quite a while before coming to a conclusion. Marlene shared with me that Jimmy’s “A Beautiful Day” was created with great skill and also captures the sense of Wahi Pana. In seeing his painting, it brought to Kumu Glen’s mind the mo’olelo that he shared about his grandmother feeding the sharks near the Heiau. Jimi’s piece captured the intent of the exhibition connecting the mo’olelo to the work.” Howsley adds:

“Marlene also shared that it was wonderful to see how engaged Jimmy has been throughout the entire process. She stated that he seems to have gained a lot from the experience and has been able to communicate that in his work.”

Curator and Co-Chair Dawn Yoshimura’s statement about the awards process: “I did not select the awards. The jurying was done with no names, just the images online with the accompanying text. The kumu and Ms Siu had the advantage of being local and understanding Hawaiian values but not knowing the AHA membership well so I believe it was a great panel to give feedback on the show, not only to select the award winner but to validate all of the artists’ efforts.”

Howsley had this to say about the AHA President’s Award: “Not only am I honored to have been elected president of the Association of Hawaii Artists, but I had the distinct honor of being asked to present a President’s Award for the artwork that I felt most exemplifies the mana AND Wahi Pana of all of the works of art.” She continues:

“This was not an easy choice for me as I know that every piece of art in that gallery was created with the mana and the love from each of the artists! The painting I have chosen for the President’s Award which includes a $250 gift certificate generously donated by Chromaco Fine Art Printing in Iwalei and a one year, honorary membership to The Association of Hawaii Artists is Kū’īlioloa Heiau by Barbara Sumida.”

The exhibition Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place is on view until Friday July 5 2019 at the Main Gallery in the Honolulu Museum Art School Tuesdays through Sundays 10-4:30pm.

Join us at Wahi Pana: Thomas Square Sun June 16 10-4pm

Thomas Square Park wahi pana by David Luchak, oil. On view with the other wahi pana art.

Wahi Pana artists will once again converge, at the wahi pana of Thomas Square Park. Over a dozen participants will gather to do a paint out in the park and the public is invited to stop by and observe, talk story, or bring the keiki to learn more about this wahi pana with activity booklets produced in collaboration with AHA and the Bank of Hawaii Family Day team.

There will be guided tours of the exhibit at 11am 1pm and 3pm in the Main Gallery for those who want to learn about the exhibit and project. The exhibition is on view until July 5 Tuesdays through Sundays from 10AM through 4:30PM There are always at least one participating artist sitting the exhibition to be on hand to answer questions about the exhibition.

For more information contact aloha@wahi-pana.com

Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place Opening Reception Celebration

Saturday June 1 starting at 2pm artists started to gather on the steps of the Linekona or former Lincoln Elementary School, now the home of the Honolulu Musuem of Art School. The opening reception of the Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place exhibition began with over 200 guests gathered inside the foyer were called to gather with the blowing of the conch shell to listen to Kumu Glen Kila and chanter Christophor Oliviera of Marae Ha’a Koa open up the celebration with an oli calling all together as we all came at some point as malihini or newcomers to Hawai’i and while some may recount more generations than others who were born and raised in Hawai’i, we all through the practice of aloha are one family.

Kumu ‘Uncle Joe’ Recca spoke about wahi pana and then he and Kumu Shirley Kanemura Recca performed a wahi pana hula from Waikiki.

Speeches by HoMA Head Curator Healoha Johnson followed by Gallery Manager Marlene Siu congratulating Association of Hawaii Artists on delivering this complex exhibition to the community was followed by speeches by AHA President Kimberly Howsley and the presentation of awards for the Spirit of Wahi Pana to Jimmy Tablante for The Beautiful Day with a $250 certificate from sponsor Chromaco and AHA President’s Award to Barbara Sumida for Kū’īlioloa Heiau, with a year’s membership and show fees waived as well as a $250 certificate from Chromaco.


Welcome to the Opening Reception 2-4pm

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31 May-July 5 2019 at the HoMA Art School Main Gallery Tues-Sun 10-4pm daily

Join the AHA (Association of Hawaii Artists) artists, sponsors, and kumu who have worked together to expand knowledge of wahi pana in Hawai’i and find expression in their art in this highly anticipated exhibition. The reception will open with a welcome oli, blessing, song and hula followed by refreshments and live music to accompany the guests as they view the exhbition for the first time. Invite family and friends to this special event.

Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery

1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu HI 96817

Saturday June 1 from 2-4pm

The HoMA Art School exhibition program seeks to engage the community to learn more about relevant topics by providing intersecting topics of interest for the art community and our larger community of those who call Hawai’i home or are interested in Hawaiian history and culture.

46 artists interpreted seven wahi pana after learning the mo’olelo of that locale. They convened during a three-day art creation event during March 8-10 and the finished work was submitted a month later for selection in this exhibition. There are 73 pieces of work in all media and styles with many surprising and delightful perspectives.

An exhibition catalog will on sale in the HoMA Gift Shop.

For more information: aloha@wahi-pana.com

Waikiki Tour Returns May 22. 2019!

Wahi Pana Participants at Honolulu Tour Part 1: You can go to Tour part 2 even if you did not attend part 1

News from Dawn Yoshimura:

Aloha e!

There will be a second Waikiki huakai with Uncle Joe Wednesday May 22.. For those of you who went on the first one, this will start where we ended, at the Royal Hawaiian Niu Grove. Here is the link on Eventbrite to signup. It is a rich experience as Kumu Recca shares the history of Waikiki. It ends at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. 


Here is the link to signup on eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/waikiki-historic-trail-part-2-of-2-tickets-54177695947?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

TIP1: Parking is validated at the Royal Hawaiian with a purchase in the shopping center, so it is going to cost you $10 either way, but I recommend parking at the Hilton end in the municipal parking lot at the marina and walking back to the meeting point so you can leave directly afterwards.

TIP2: When you sign up, if you have an art business (GE licence) then you can answer YES you work with the visitor industry and your fee will be waived. Otherwise the tour costs $30, still well worth the money.

TIP3: Bring water to drink, wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

Moving into a New Phase

A CHANGING SITE: LOOK FOR NEW INSTRUCTIONS FOR FRAMING AND SUBMISSION
The site is going to change as the show approaches – slowly changing from education to preparation and finally presentation to the public. We are officially now in the art preparation phase where artists are well under way on their pieces with a deadline of April 5 for submission. To help you, we just released guides for framing and submission. Framing takes a while, especially if you opt to order online, so we have those instructions ready for you now so you can place orders in advance of the exhibit. These instructions are time-sensitive, so in place of perfection, we have opted to release them and issue revisions. Please take a look now so you have an idea of what to expect but check back for a more complete version at the end of March for submission – we are hitting some snags with online payment that we will iron out.

Accordingly, to prevent the menu from becoming a nightmare, the links on the menu are being moved to help simplify the interface. Now some of the pages we created to help you with education and creation days have moved to the “Archive” – you can still see them, but they are neatly stored under a nice drop-down menu heading. If anything is there, it is still good information, but it is no longer top priority.

MAHALO TO ART CREATION DAY PARTICIPANTS
Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the art creation days and to learn the history of the wahi pana locations. Special thanks to the extra effort of our island neighbors who have added the inter-island participation to this exhibit and events. This has been very exciting and makes the islands feel more unified.

SEE THE PREPARATIONS UNFOLD ON SOCIAL MEDIA
I would encourage you to pay attention to Instagram and Facebook. There have been many wonderful Facebook and Instagram posts. Search for the #wahipana and #associationofhawaiiartists tags (click on them inside Instagram or type them into the search bar, or look at the Facebook page for Association of Hawaii Artists to see many – but not all – of the posts). I am still playing catch up with posts – I have more than 20 more to go from the March 8 – 10 weekend! Posting these photos has been a lovely experience – to review them each and see the pieces unfolding from so many artists with different styles is a dream come true. There is so much energy in these works of art!

Aloha,
Wendy Roberts
Web Developer for (and enthusiastic participant of) Wahi Pana

The Kawainui Tour/Lecture Series is on YouTube!

Kawainui Marsh at Sunset; photo by Wendy Roberts; Access to this area of Kawainui is via Kaha Park

Aloha artists! We recently completed the editing and posting of videos from the tour of Kawainui Marsh with Dr. Paul Brennan. It was initially planned to be on-site, but only the first clip displays the rainy day outdoors that sent us scurrying inside. We moved over to Sherree’s home (thank you Sherree!) and continued to listen to the history of the area. After reviewing the videos, I felt there were 5 main topics that could each have a well-organized clip:

Kawainui Tour on a rainy day; photo by Spencer Chang

Kawainui Marsh – The Flow of Water: https://youtu.be/jxfCwL60mi8

Kawainui Marsh – Wahi Pana and the Role of Artists: https://youtu.be/fMaQ3cHFrsM

Na Pohaku o Hauwahine and the Rice Mills:  https://youtu.be/I8JbTSle8cU

Kawainui Agriculture: https://youtu.be/QerpTvKh9U4

Ulupo Heiau Area: https://youtu.be/dYvB9tHnvvs

Ulupo Heiau has a Hawaiian Garden full of beautiful loi and plants that were useful to Hawaiians. It is amazing! Photo by Joel Bradshaw
Na Pohaku o Hauwahine has a beautiful trail of endemic, native, and canoe plants overlooking the Kawainui wetlands. At the top of the promontory is a wahi pana: the boulders where Hauwahine, powerful mo’o guardian of Kawainui primarily spent her time.

Together, these clips are more than half the tour. The remainder will be edited and published later. The other segments of the tour grew organically out of these primary topics and largely discuss Maunawili, Kailua town, and Coconut Grove, all areas we are not covering in the Wahi Pana Exhibit, but excellent information that ought to be shared online (and I will!).

I promised to drop the coordinates for the beginning of Na Pohaku o Hauwahine Trail as well. Please click this link to view the entry to Na Pohaku o Hauwahine. Note, this is a place that will be a little harder to work than most Wahi Pana sites. The nearest bathrooms are at Kaha/ Kawainui Neighborhood Park, a 5-minute drive once you have hiked out of your work area. The third site is also easier: YMCA will usually let you use the bathroom there as you visit Ulupo Heiau if you are polite about it.

No matter which bathrooms you use, please do not leave any trace of paints or other inconvenient art materials in the bathroom sinks or floors, and plan to clean anything that can clog drains at home. I usually clean my water-based media brushes as well as I can, then wrap with wet paper towels to keep them pliable until I can get home and clean them more thoroughly with soap. I clean oil paint brushes either with small amounts of carefully controlled oils or spirits, or I wrap them in a paper towel until I can go home and wash them well the moment I get there. There are ways of containing and preventing creative materials from dirtying communal areas. Please be aware of this and pack carefully. We will soon have guides up for working outdoors for several media posted on the site. These guides will help you be ready if you have never painted on-site before.

Wahi Pana with Kumu Glen Kila

February 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Wednesday, February 20, from 9 am to noon, Kumu Glen Kila of Marae Ha’a Koa Hawaiian Cultural Center will share the mo’olelo of wahi pana and Moku o Waianae. Please bring a hat, sunscreen and water. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Hawaiian culture is transferred from kumu to student by listening to mo’olelo and first-hand observation of practices. Kumu Kila is generously offering to share the mo’olelo of Waianae.

Learn more about Marae Ha’a Koa: http://maraehaakoa.org/

Video is not available of this event. Out of respect for cultural practices, and at Kumu Glen’s request we did not document the event except in snapshots, but we can share and discuss this mo’olelo at the Wahi Pana Talk Story Panel.

Join Us Outside this Spring

Lone Banana – Photo by Wendy Roberts

With the prospectus now live for Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place Exhibit, you can start to familiarize yourself with overall exhibit concept and specific dates for each aspect. The best first steps to join us in the exhibit experience:

  1. Download the prospectus
  2. Use it to add dates to your calendar. We have a calendar on the site as well that you can refer to for plans.
  3. Sign up for the Newsletter. Please realize we will need to issue revisions to the prospectus in the future, and we are still actively developing the educational programs for each site. Signing up for the newsletter means we can notify you when these types of resources become available.
  4. Encourage fellow artists to sign up for the newsletter as well. Even if they only want to plein air paint with other artists, and they do not want to participate in the exhibition. The public is welcome to watch or join in on the educational opportunities and the art creation events, many of which are free.
  5. Look through the Locations and Education Page to see the locations and educational resources that are available. More will be added daily until we have them all complete.
  6. Complete the orientation/education by March 6. Some of the walking tours are coming up in a week or two for Waikiki and Kawainui – don’t miss out on these opportunities! Some locations have multiple options, and there are some where you will simply read or watch a video, and others where you can go to the site and hear about the mo`olelo from a practitioner, tour guide, or historian in person.

We hope to see you this Spring at the wahi pana sites!

Join us this Wednesday at a meeting in Chinatown to learn about Wahi Pana

The launch of this website marks the transition from planning to execution for this amazing exhibit, the concept and proposal were both created by Dawn Yoshimura who will be the overall creative director of this exhibit. It is the beginning of a group exploration among a diverse collection of artists throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Wahi Pana promises to be a memorable exhibit merging the practice of plein air art (art that has been created on site) with local Hawaiian history in an effort to see if appreciation and depiction of the locations will change or improve based on knowledge of both past and present. Will this extra knowledge of important events, lore, or history cause a shift in perception? How will it effect landscape painters who are accustomed to depicting the lush island scenery? How will 3D artists, print makers, and mixed media artists adapt their practice to involve firsthand observation of the site into their practice? We will find out together.

You can expect the prospectus to be posted very soon. Certain events are marked on the calendar already. This will hopefully give artists the chance to consider participation knowing in advance the days they will need to be available. If you want to know more, please come to the first informational meeting on January 30, 2019 at the Artists Lofts in Chinatown – there are two identical meetings at two separate times for your convenience. Please select one of the two and come hear about the event:

Times: 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm  (choose one)
Location: Aloha Tuscany Art Studio at the Chinatown Artists Lofts   

There are two separate entrances that you can use depending on where you arrive from — 1109 Maunakea Street or 1116 Smith Street (across from the Little Village Noodle House). Municipal parking is plentiful and presents the least expensive option. This meeting location is courtesy of Kimberly Howsley, MAAT. Thank you for hosting us Kimberly!

The invitation to attend this meeting is extended to all interested artists who can attend on Oahu. This exhibit is not limited to Oahu, however. We are also inviting Hawaii, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai artists to join us at a later date. We will publish our education materials and paint out locations for the other islands in February, so stay tuned.

You can join AHA if you want to be part of this extraordinary exhibit. Visit the AHA website if you would like to become a member.