Art

Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

May Days 2013

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Each year, schools around the island celebrate May Day, known as Lei Day in Hawaii. Students at each school are selected for the royal court to represent every island, and perform songs and dances for family and friends. Here are some photos from May Day at  Molokai Middle, Kualapu`u, Molokai High, Kaunakakai, Kilohana and Maunaloa schools.

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Halau Reunites for Aunty Moana

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Halau Reunites for Aunty Moana

Thousands of supporters from Molokai, Hawaii and around the world gathered on Molokai April 27 to celebrate the life and legacy of Aunty Moana Dudoit. Members of the late kumu hula’s halau over the past 40 years reunited, performing together in remembrance of Dudoit, who died March 16 at the age of 73.

The celebration, which followed a memorial service for friends and family, honored Dudoit with hula, food and togetherness. Dudoit’s grandniece Zhantell Dudoit emceed the event, adding humor and commentary as different generations of the halau took the stage. Dudoit’s sister Raquel Dudoit, who also led the halau, helped provide music for the dancers.…

Molokai High Artists Earn District Honors

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard News Release

High school students through Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District competed in an arts competition sponsored by the district’s congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard. All three Molokai High School students who were among 16 finalists received honors in the contest, Gabbard announced last week. MHS’ Kierstyn Esteron earned third place, while she and fellow MHS students Rizpah Torres-Umi and Eliana Kalilikane-Garces won the “People’s Choice” contest on Gabbard’s Facebook page.

Eighty contest entries were received from high school students throughout the district. Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.…

Artist Brings Turtles to Life

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Artist Brings Turtles to Life

Artist and Molokai resident Linda Hogan is inspired by turtles. So much, in fact, that that’s all she’s been creating for the past seven years. As a scuba diver, she has spent hours watching and swimming with honu, which motivated her to develop a technique to form life-sized turtles as works of art.

“[Honu are] peaceful, serene, ancient, magical… there’s something about them,” said Hogan.

Now, her pieces of art are sold across Hawaii and in several galleries around the country, including in Molokai’s own Art from the Heart in Kaunakakai. She typically creates honu in three sizes, with the largest about the size of a full grown turtle and weighing about 25 pounds.…

Celebrating Coffees

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Celebrating Coffees

Coffee, keiki and good causes brought the crowds up to Kualapu`u this weekend as Coffees of Hawaii celebrated 20 years of harvests in the area and 200 years of coffee in Hawai`i.

A parade in Kualapu`u was one of the many events during the Coffees of Hawaii celebration last weekend.

“She was pretty much abandoned when I came here ten years ago,” Coffees of Hawaii owner Mike Atherton said about the plantation, adding he was proud that he was able to keep the company harvesting coffee through the years.

March 16 was declared Coffees of Hawaii Day at the opening ceremonies Friday.…

Filmmaking for Peace

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

When Kaycie Kahalewai’s teachers and friends saw the movie she made, they cried as a girl facing severe bullying turns to self-harm. Kahalewai, a Molokai High School junior and class president, made the short firlm for a competition, shooting the video on Molokai and drawing from her own experiences to create a moving account of violence amongst youth.

It’s no surprise that a film made close to home hits close to home. Kahalewai addressed an issue that affects every high school student in one way or another. She was a victim of bullying herself and tapped into those emotions to make her video.…

Soup R’ Bowl Fundraiser

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Soup R’ Bowl Fundraiser

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) invites everyone to the third annual Soup R’ Bowl fundraiser March 16 at Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapu`u. MAC is helping Coffees of Hawaii celebrate the 200th anniversary of coffee in the Hawaiian islands. With hundreds of beautiful bowls, this Soup R’ Bowl promises to be the best yet.

Soup will be served from 5 until 7 p.m. The public can sip on soup and enjoy the tunes of jazz pianist David Henderson, followed by the U.S. Air Force Band.

The soup choices include: vegetarian pumpkin, tortilla, chicken with wild rice, Portuguese bean and chili.…

Soap for Molokai, Pride in Residency

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Soap for Molokai, Pride in Residency

 

Molokai Soaps has its own shop now, and owner Patricia Hammond hopes to bring some pride in residency to Kaunakakai. This means she’s working on beautifying town and encouraging others to follow suit.

She moved her business into a portion of the old Fish and Dive on the main strip of Ala Malama Street. The remaining portion of the former dive shop, though empty, is now a little livelier thanks to Hammond’s initiative.

“This is the first thing you see when you come into town,” Hammond said as she stood outside the store next to her soap shop. “And unfortunately it’s an ugly building.”

Hammond took it upon herself to add a little life to the abandoned store, so she called in for back up and worked into the night last Sunday.…

Two-Day Pottery Workshop

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Two-Day Pottery Workshop

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will be presenting a two-day Japanese Throwing and Slip Inlay Workshop featuring international artists from Denmark, Gregory Miller and Janne Hieck. During the workshop on Saturday Feb. 23 and 24, they will be demonstrating European and Japanese techniques for throwing on the wheel, such as “throwing on the hump,” as well as ways to modify , alter, and add to basic wheel thrown forms.

On the second day of the workshop, the artists will demonstrate various ways to decorate with slip and inlay for salt glazing. Class participants will have an opportunity to fire their pieces with Gregory and Janne the following weekend, March 1 and 2.…

Poetry Reading: Ariana Nash

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Poetry Reading: Ariana Nash

Friends of the Molokai Public Library News Release

The Friends of the Molokai Public Library is pleased to present a reading by acclaimed poet Ariana Nash on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Molokai Library. Ariana will read poems from her just-released book “Instructions for Preparing Your Skin” which won the 2011 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. She is also a recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and a MacDowell Colony Residency.

Ariana’s poems are precise and frank, measured and uncompromising. She has the ability to illuminate the intimacies of human connections, and while doing so, she demonstrates an eye for textures, spaces, and metaphoric images.…