Art

Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit  

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Kalaupapa Photo Exhibit   

“The Haircut.” Longtime Kalaupapa resident Kenso Seki (left) cuts the hair of John Cambra with Herbert Hayase looking on in this photo by Wayne Levin taken in 1986.

Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa News Release

“A Reflection of Kalaupapa: Past, Present and Future,” a photo exhibit sponsored by Ka `Ohana O Kalaupapa, will open with a blessing on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at historic Paschoal Hall in Kalaupapa. The free exhibit, hosted by Kalaupapa National Historical Park, will be available for viewing on days to be determined through Sept. 12.

The exhibit features nearly 100 historical and contemporary photos of the residents of Kalaupapa and their family members along with scenes from Kalaupapa.…

Honoring the Departed

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Honoring the Departed

Photo by Annie Kiyonaga.

The scene could easily be transpiring in Japan: dancers swaying rhythmically under a sea of twinkling paper lanterns, surrounded by an array of Japanese delicacies, their movements narrated by Buddhist chants. Yet this is no ordinary Japanese festival – this is Molokai’s annual Bon Festival, held two weeks ago on the lawn of the Molokai Guzeiji Soto Mission Buddhist Temple.  Although the scene itself was enchanting and lighthearted, the significance of the celebration was serious: a commemoration of the spirits of loved ones who have passed.

While the Bon Festival is traditionally a time to be reunited with the spirits of the deceased, organizers say the event is also an opportunity to appreciate life and honor Japanese culture and heritage on Molokai. …

ArtAloha! Summer Art Activities

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Community Contributed 

By Heather Williams

Open Studio and Keiki Art Classes will be held every Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. Projects of focus for June and July are painting murals of the ocean life and natural/found object mosaic murals with focus of malama for the ocean. Collaborative and individual works of artistic techniques and concepts will be developed.

The art show of the Global Art Project for Peace opening will be held on Friday, June 27 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. with art activities and pupus.  Stop by on your way to the beach! The art will be on display every Wednesday 1 to 5 p.m.…

From Passion to Power

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

From Passion to Power

Photo by Bianca Moragne.

Slam poetry has emerged in Molokai schools among students and teachers bringing literary talents to the microphone to spit poems from the depths of their souls.

“When you write slam poetry, it’s an emphasis on your passions,” said MHS Hawaiian Language Immersion senior, `Apelila Ritte-Camara-Tangonan. “My passion and fire burns with my [Hawaiian] culture. I know a lot of people share the same fire and…for me self-expression through music, art or slam poetry rekindles my fire.”

Ritte-Camara-Tangonan was one of 13 rising slam poets who threw down, going word for word in the MHS Library last Tuesday night in the first ever Hana Hou Poetry Slam Competition.…

Dancing with the Winds: Ka Hula Piko 2014

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Dancing with the Winds: Ka Hula Piko 2014

Photo courtesy Catherine Cluett.

Ancient Hawaiians used winds to recognize and heed messages of warning, blessings and things to come. The 23rd annual Ka Hula Piko festival brought the Molokai community, along with visitors from around the world, together to celebrate hula traditions and how Hawaiians today are connected to kupuna of the past through the elements.

“The wind and the elements are so important in our lives and our ancestors made connections to them…that taught us to mind the protocol and be aware of these elements when they are in action,” said Elsie Ryder, ho`opa`a, or chanter, of Halau Hula O Kukunaokala.…

Finding Neverland: Kualapu`u Students Perform School’s Last Musical

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Finding Neverland: Kualapu`u Students Perform School’s Last Musical

The cast of the “Peter Pan” musical gather for a group photo at Kualapu`u School. Photo by Laura Pilz.

Keiki sent their loved ones flying on a musical journey to Neverland last Thursday evening at Kualapu`u School’s performance of “Peter Pan” and the school’s last theater production.

The overflowing school cafeteria left only standing room for latecomers to watch 35 eager students of all ages sing, dance, and deliver “Peter Pan,” their second musical and fourth annual production. Students performed last week during school for classmates on April 7 and 8 and for their ohana on April 9 and 10 at 6 p.m.…

Hawaiian Airlines Welcomed Back

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines Welcomed Back

As `Ohana by Hawaiian made its inaugural flight to Molokai, Aunty Kauila Reyes was honored by designer Sig Zane as the inspiration for the plane’s kapa patterns. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

As Hawaiian Airlines officially launched its new service, `Ohana by Hawaiian, to Molokai last week, hundreds of residents and officials celebrated an occasion that for many, felt like a homecoming for the company.

“Molokai has been part of our ohana for the last 85 years,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian Airlines (HA) president and CEO. “For the last 10 years, we have not been able to operate here, but every single one of those days in between we’ve been working on plans to bring this wonderful day to fruition.…

Lessons in a Whale’s Belly

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Lessons in a Whale’s Belly

Captain Mark leads an imaginative journey around the island to a group of first and fourth graders. Photo by Jessica Ahles

Keiki had a whale of a time learning about humpback whales and their place in the environment Friday. But while most have only seen the great creatures from a distance, students at Kilohana School got up close and personal, climbing into the belly of a 36-foot inflatable humpback, softly rocking to soothing whale sounds and taking an imaginative ride around island’s waters.

“My name is Captain Mark and I’ll be your tour guide today,” Storybook Theater Executive Director Mark Jeffers said as he saluted to Kilohana School’s second grade class.…

Konane

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Konane

A Game Played, Value Won

Konane, similar to the game of checkers, is a traditional, strategic Hawaiian board game some say could last days. Photo by Jessica Ahles

“It’s your move!” said Hiwa Ritte, urging her opponent, Ko`i Davis, who was carefully peering over a finely-made koa konane board. “I’m thinking!”  Ko`i said, scratching her head, pondering which `ili `ele `ele, or black piece, to move in rows of alternating white and black stones.

Described as a test of strategy and intellect, the ancient Hawaiian game of konane, played by ali`i and commoners alike, was considered a favorite pastime to socialize and to even settle disputes, according to Kauai cultural practitioner Sean Chun.…

Soup-porting the Arts

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Soup-porting the Arts

Photo by Jessica Ahles

Stomachs growled outside of the Molokai Community Health Center Saturday evening as a line started to form. Guests eagerly peered through windows to scope out the tables of ceramic bowls and pondered which soup to select.

The fourth annual Soup ‘R Bowl, held by the Molokai Arts Center (MAC), welcomed over 300 hungry guests for a night of fine art, food and entertainment, in support of the MAC and youth art programs.

Twelve of the MAC’s artists wheeled and hand built nearly 500 ceramic bowls in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures to fit the fancy of any taste, for any guest to take home with them.…