As the sun set slowly over the hills of Kalae on Friday, students, teachers, families and friends gathered to enjoy Aka`ula School’s “Celebrating the Arts” exhibit. The annual exhibit, which first started in 2006, features the works of Aka`ula students and some family members who donate their art to raise funds for the school.
“It really is about getting [the students’] artwork out into the community,” said Dara Lukonen, one of the school’s founding teachers. “New students have been very surprised and awed when they see their work displayed –sometimes it is as simple as putting a mat on it and lighting.”
This year’s exhibit, held at Rick and Bronwyn Cooke’s residence in Kalae, featured acrylic and water color paintings, ceramics, wooden birdhouses, batik scarves and fabrics and live music.…
By Alestra Menendez
Media is a means of communication. The exciting thing about media in the 21st century is that it is the hands of the beholder, as opposed to being transmitted by few to the masses, as is the case with traditional news, television and radio. This is especially important for today’s tech savvy youth, and on Molokai, the Molokai Art and Media Academy is guiding youth to analyze, evaluate and yes, create their own media.
From Oct. 1 to 5, the organization is holding a Media Literacy Academy for youth ages 13 to 18 during the fall school intersession.…
Molokai Artist Miyako Yamazaki’s work on display at Arts Center
Contemporary artist Miyako Yamazaki has had her fair share of success as an artist. She has worked as a fashion illustrator for companies like Christian Dior and Barneys New York, designed packaging for Japan Airlines, been featured in big galleries in Tokyo and is a published author of two books. However, she said her aspirations in life were never to be widely rich or successful, but instead, what she really wished to do was to “paint like a child.”
She moved from her hometown of Tokyo to Molokai in 2004 and became a mother, two shifts that she says have changed her art and her life.…
MAC News Release
“Miyako Yamazaki, 1987 – 2012 — A Retrospective” will be on display in the ‘Ike Lihi Gallery at the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) from Sept. 21 to Oct. 21. An opening and birthday celebration will be held on Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Miyako is a Contemporary Artist from Tokyo, who has been living on Molokai since 2004. She has worked in oil, acrylic, video and photography, as well as publishing two books; LOVE SPEAKS, 1999, Kourinsya, Kyoto, Japan, Out of Print, and Gift from Molokai, 2007, Sangyo-hensyu Center, Tokyo, Japan, and one DVD, Heavenly Brights, 2001, now on media, Tokyo, Japan.…
Visiting artist completes mural of Hawaiian heritage
In a large warehouse behind the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) at Coffees of Hawaii, visiting artist and California native Susan Evans crouches over one of the large panels of her mural, paintbrush in hand, blending white streaks into Hina’s long, flowing hair. Evans had originally painted the Hawaiian goddess, known in legends as the mother of Molokai, as a younger woman. But after local Hawaiians told her that Hina was an older, wiser entity, Evans altered the depiction to paint a culturally accurate representation.
It is this learning process that is the most rewarding part of any project, said Evans.…
MAC News Release
Molokai Art Center (MAC) is pleased to announce a two-week workshop featuring first-time visiting artist Professor Emeritus Ron Evans, ceramic artist for over 45 years. Ron’s own artwork consists primarily of crystalline glazed wheel-thrown forms and one-of-a kind art pieces. Ron has recently retired as a Professor of Art at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, where he taught for nearly 40 years. It was the only college in the U.S. to teach crystalline glazes. Combining science and mesmerizing beauty, crystalline glazes shimmer and shift much like holograms do and are
Workshops will include clay, studio time, glazes, firing and hands on instruction in crystalline glazes and raku.…
Molokai college completes first outdoor studio art class
Local artists and artist-hopefuls were able to explore their own talents last semester as part of University of Hawaii-Maui College, Molokai’s first art studio class, Outdoor Studio Art 190. The fruits of their labors are currently on display at the college.
“It’s good to see artists developing their own style and personal enjoyment in art,” said instructor Heather Williams, who will also be teaching Intro to Painting Course –Art 123 in the fall. The students, who ranged from 18-year-olds to kupuna, were instructed to focus on natural sites as much as art concepts.…
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.…