Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

90 Years of ‘Smiling Through It All’

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Community Contributed

By Rev. Jean Taloa

“Smiling Through It All” by 90-year-old Molokai resident Lillian Faker is a new book in town. Its purpose is to bring laughter and joy to all its readers.

Many years ago, Lillian began writing about the happenings in her life. Her children were growing and accomplishing new goals. Her life was a pleasure and Lillian wanted to share it with her friends. She bought a computer to put all of her stories on, but she didn’t have the patience to learn how to operate it. So Lillian caller her granddaughter, Barbara, and said, “Will you please come and get this monster out of my house before I pitch a brick at it?” “Gladly,” was the reply.…

Pot and Plant Sale

Friday, November 29th, 2013

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will be having an Open House and Pot and Plant sale at the Arts Center located in Kualapu`u, behind Coffees of Hawaii, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.  to 2 p.m. After nearly two years in this location, the artists are all excited to share their space and talents with the island.

Everyone has been busy creating planters for the sale which is a fundraiser for the Center. There are pots of all sizes, some with plants, and some without. In addition, other items will be offered for sale including bird baths, ceramic plant tags, ornaments, garden luminaries, bird houses and even gift memberships for that hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list.…

“The Legend of Ko`olau”

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

“The Legend of Ko`olau”

Performance brings history to life

Photo by Jessica Ahles

The stage was set and the lights dimmed at Kulana `Oiwi Halau as a piece of Hawaiian history came to life last Tuesday night. Brought to Molokai by the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the performance, called “The Legend of Ko`olau” written by Gary Kubota, is based on the true story of Ko`olau, a man who evaded being exiled to Kalawao after he and his son caught Hansen’s Disease.

“It’s a compelling story and I think it needed to be told,” said Kubota, who is also a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.…

Molokai: Ground Zero of Hawaiian Culture

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Molokai: Ground Zero of Hawaiian Culture


Photo courtesy of Rick Schonely

Community Contributed

By Winfield DuBresque

The breath of history has revealed another fine example of what lies at the heart of our little island of Molokai. The artist’s name is Norman DeCosta, a quiet and respectful native who lives by the sea with his wife, Hokunani and his dog, Palaka. Who would think that this much decorated survivor of the Vietnam War could harbor the subtle dynamics that flow throughout his recently-released CD, “Pohai Na Mele”?

All the words and fancy rhetoric in the world are thrown to the wind by the simple, quiet devotion that flows from his voice and guitar.…

Bennett Pottery Annual Show and Sale

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Bennett Pottery News Release

One of the first human technologies was the creation of fire-hardened clay.  In pre-industrial societies artisan/craft people and their families, and then craft guilds created items of daily use.  Goods were produced locally and the household had direct contact with the creator.  In some cultures, due to the reverence for the marriage of earth and nature, ceramics is esteemed as the highest form of art.  The trade of valued items such as ceramics influenced early geo-politics.

Today, archaeologists trace the development of cultures through the remnant pieces of ceramic ware.  The introduction of the English and Japanese folk art movement into the universities of the 1950s rekindled ceramics as an art form in the U.S.…

Arts Show

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will present its Second Annual Art Show from Nov. 13 through Dec. 2 at the Molokai Public Library.  Featuring works in ceramics and other media by members of the Arts Center, the exhibit will be curated by local resident Roshani Nash.  The show will also include works from University of Hawaii Maui students currently enrolled in Art 105 and Art 244.

The public is invited to join the artists at the library for the exhibit’s opening on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Many pieces in the show will be for sale, with 10 percent of the sale price benefiting the Friends of the Molokai Public Library.…

Inspired and Fired

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Inspired and Fired

Ceramic Show a Hoot

Artist Kathleen Mendes poses with one of her hand-built ceramic owls at her gallery opening. Photo by Jessica Ahles

A lively mix of music, talk and laughter radiated from The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) last Saturday night as artists, art lovers, friends, and families gathered to celebrate the opening of MAC member Kathleen Mendes’ first solo exhibition of ceramic works entitled, “Inspired and Fired.” Live jazz music as well as hors d’oeuvres and a wine bar set the stage for the warm evening.

The exhibition, which features an array of ceramic techniques and subject matter, will run from Oct.…

Aka`ula Art Show

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Aka`ula Art Show

Artists and friends gather in front of art created by Aka`ula students at last Friday’s art sale; left to right, Kaulupa Adams, Kamaka Adams, Reina Cabanting (front) Kekeiki Cabanting and Malu Duquette. Photo by Catherine Cluett.

Friends, family, community, students and staff of Aka`ula School gathered last Friday evening to celebrate art as the sun set over Kalae`s cool hills. The annual event, held for the past seven years at the home of Bronwyn and Rikki Cooke, featured a lively display of student work as well as pieces donated by Aka`ula staff and board members and local artists — all on sale to support the school.…

Inspired and Fired Art Show

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) will present an exhibition of new works by local artist Kathleen Mendes from Oct. 5-18 at the He `Ike Lihi Showroom. Called “Inspired and Fired by Kathleen Mendes,” the exhibit will feature ceramic pieces composed with a variety of techniques, including slab, coil, and wheel.

When Molokai’s master potter Dan Bennett opened his studio doors in 2007 to those eager to explore ceramics, Mendes had the opportunity to pick up a ball of clay and turn it into a useful object.  Since then she has been working with this medium, discovering all the exciting possibilities it holds for the artist. …

Local Business, International Success

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Local Business, International Success

Amber Andrade, left, and Suzette Kahana began Kalapaki Girl Dezigns in December 2012. Through the Internet their business has received attention across the world. Photo by Jessica Ahles

Molokai local Suzette Kahana has collected vintage fabrics, buttons and jewelry for decades. She never dreamed it would evolve into an international venture through the business she created with her daughter Amber Andrade nine months ago.

Kahana said she has always sewed for her family — from Halloween and dance costumes, to prom dresses, wedding and beauty pageant gowns. After 30 years of collecting and cramming storage rooms of vintage material, one of her dresses, made for Andrade, caught the eyes of passersby in Oahu.…