Hawaii State Public Library System News Release
The Molokai Public Library will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with special music, hula, and dance on the front lawn, and exhibits in the library on Wednesday, May 23. This free, public event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m.
The Molokai Public Library opened on May 21, 1937 and provides the only public library services for the island. The library’s Bookmobile has provided services to various schools and outlying areas since 1954. On July 17, 1993, Molokai Public Library was placed on the Hawaii Register of Historic Places.
Exhibits will feature paintings and artwork by various artists, quilts, First Book Molokai display and literacy activities, books about Molokai and by Molokai authors, and a Molokai Public Library slide show and picture albums.…
Molokai author Brandon Jones launches his first novel, “All Woman and Springtime”
What first started back in 2009 as a cultural curiosity with the North Korean way of life, has culminated three short years later as a full length novel titled “All Woman and Springtime.” It is Molokai-based writer Brandon Jones’ first book, but gained rave reviews and international attention even before its recent publishing.
The novel, which recently made it to “O” Magazine’s 10 Titles to Pick Up Now list, follows two North Korean orphan girls who become victims of human trafficking. The title is a reference to how the main character, Gi, describes the unabashed radiance of her friend, Il-sun, as “all woman and spring-time.”
Jones said that his fascination with North Korean culture began when he noticed politicians and the media labeling North Korea as an “axis of evil.” This “dehumanizing speech” was very unsettling for Jones, and he saw it as his duty to start understanding not only the culture, but the psychology of what it would be like to live in such a society, he said.…
Dept. of Water Supply News Release
Kilohana Elementary School Kindergartener Kiara Lima took first place in her division in the county-wide Department of Water Supply’s third annual Water Conservation Poster Contest. The contest drew 543 entries from public, private and home schools around Maui County. Kualapu`u School’s Carly Dudoit also placed third in the Kindergarten division.
The goal of the contest was to educate Maui Nui’s youth on the importance of water conservation and to encourage them to take an active role in ensuring the sustainability of our islands’ water supply. This year’s theme was “Malama I Ka Wai,” or to take care of the water.…
Molokai Arts Center News Release
Hint, hint! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Aunty Rae Young will conduct two workshops at Molokai Arts Center on Saturday, April 21 for young people who wish to make Mother’s Day earrings.
The first workshop will be for boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old, although kids under 7 should be accompanied by an adult. It will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aunty Rae will have earring kits prepared so each keiki can make at least two sets of earrings for their mom, aunty, grandma or special person.
The second workshop will be for youths from 11 to 17 years old and will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m.…
Molokai Arts Center News Release
Molokai Arts Center is pleased to announce a new class offering beginning in April 2012. Yoellah Yuhudah will teach the art of glass and clay bead making beginning on Tuesday April 17 2012 from 4 to 6 p.m. for an eight-week session. This art is also called “lampworking.”
In this structured curriculum, students will learn to make perfectly round beads as well as glass techniques like flowers, raking stripes and dragging techniques to create shapes and feather colors. The emphasis will be on safety and proper use of tools including the mandrell, the torch and various materials.…
Kala`e Tangonan: the business of sharing beauty
Tucked between towering cabinets and buckets of paint-dye in her garage-studio, Molokai artist Kala`e Tangonan is home. Standing over an old table, she paints milky wax designs over a blank silk scarf – it is the humble beginnings of what will become a color-drenched masterpiece. The tip of her brush dips into hot wax and then glides freely over the gauzy material, hardening into the free-hand patterns that will appear after the dying process. She peels the scarf from the table and dunks it into a bucket of violet dye – a technique called batik. The scarf is hung on a backyard clothesline, all the while Kala`e discusses the challenges of being both an artist and a mother.…
Though the Molokai Art Center has been open for less than a month, the shelves are already laden with ceramic bowls and figurines waiting for the kiln. Along the bottom shelf sits a herd of chalky rabbits, shaped by some of Molokai’s youngest artists. They are a symbol of what the new Art Center is all about –a space where Molokai keiki and adults could experience “freedom and discipline in a nurturing environment,” according to the Art Center’s Board of Directors.
The blessing of the new community Art Center, currently located at the Coffees of Hawaii Plantation in Kualapu`u, took place last Friday.…
By Ric Ornellas
Molokai boy Zach Socher will show his art photographs on Friday, March 23 at the Molokai Arts Center. The new Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is sponsoring Zach’s show as part of their ongoing series featuring local artists in all media organized by Kim Markham. The show begins with a student showing from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by an adult showing at 5 p.m. MAC is located in back of the Coffees of Hawaii plantation complex in Kualapu`u.
Since his student days at Molokai High School – Zach graduated in 2000 – Molokai locales have been his muse.…
By Yoellah Yuhudah
Have you ever dreamed of becoming an artist? I have fulfilled that dream by creating my own designs in glass and ceramic bead making, and I can help you to do the same. As a Hawaii resident for 22 years, I’ve recently moved to Molokai and will soon be offering classes here.
Raised by strong grandparents and a host of uncles and aunts, I was taught that no goal was impossible. Becoming a glass artist has been a like a spiritual process that came about through many serendipitous steps. In my early 20s, after receiving her AA degree in Theater, I gained a broad range of experience, such as a bus driver in Chicago, a dancer in the Darlene Black Burn ensemble, a cook in New Orleans, and a teacher in Israel.…
It seemed as though art was everywhere in Kaunakakai last Saturday, as the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) hosted a gift fair and brunch next to Kalele Bookstore and the Saturday market. Artists offered everything from batik scarves and sea-glass jewelry to pottery, painting and purses, while Lono performed music accompanied by a troupe of hula dancers. The event was an opportunity for shoppers to purchase holiday gifts directly from local artists and musicians, who kept the profits, while also supporting future arts education programs at MAC via silent auction, lunch plates and other donations. MAC, Molokai’s first public art center, is being built at the Coffees of Hawaii location in Kualapu`u.
For more information about MAC, visit Molokaiarts.yolasite.com or its Facebook Page. Tax deductible donations may be sent as checks to the Molokai Arts Center at HC1 Box 370, Kaunakakai, HI 96748.