The exhibition at Honolulu Musuem of Art School’s Main Gallery wrapped up on July 5th. This blog will continue to discuss wahi pana and offer opportunities to visit and learn about other wahi pana. Send me an email or comment here if you have suggestions, tips or share your experiences of wahi pana.
The exhibition displayed 73 works of art by 46 local artists. Eight wahi pana were represented: Thomas Square Park, Kea’iwa Heiau, Kawainui Wetlands, Waikiki from the zoo to Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Makaha to Ka’ena, Pu’u Honua Honaunau, Hilo, I’ao Valley.
The opening drew over 250 guests but during the 30 days it was open, there was an average of 30 visitors each day with over 1000 who came to see the show. There were at least nine works sold as a result of collectors seeing the work and other artists have reported other opportunities to participate in other shows or gain exposure for their work. The dialogue and learning about wahi pana, and the locations engaged teachers, students, artists, Hawaiian Cultural Practitioners and activists in discussing the importance of how one makes connection to your home.
As a result of this experience and with encouragement from ‘ohana, I’ve decided to continue wahi pana as a way to help malihini, kama’aina and kanaka maoli make connection with our ‘aina and a way to spread and share aloha internationally through spreading the knowledge and experience of wahi pana. Keep an eye out for opportunities for huaka’i (walking tours) and paintouts and other activities to open our eyes and hearts to the places we call home.
Mahalo e to all those who helped make this project a success! Makaho ke akua for guiding and protecting us.
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.
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.
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:
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!).
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.
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.
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.