Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

Molokai Artist Wins Award at Hawaii Craftsmen Exhibit

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

Molokai Artist Wins Award at Hawaii Craftsmen Exhibit

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release 

Congratulations to Molokai award winner Jason Liu for winning the Cedar Street Galleries Award, which is sponsored by Michael Schnack.

Jason entered his piece, “Post Stroke Makau Aftermath,” which is a beautifully carved Koa fishhook, in the 2023 Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibit.

“I was born and raised on Oahu, then moved to Molokai in 1994. In 2019 I had two strokes. Creating this art now is my own therapy and has been my path back to life. Now I see that the strokes helped me start my life again. My vision with entering this competition is to reach more people with my art and to inspire others to expose their own art and talents,” said Liu. …

Art Bar is Back

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

Art Bar is Back

MAC News Release 

Join the Molokai Arts Center Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. at Hiro’s ‘Ohana Grill for an evening dedicated to creating a stunning painting of lava flowing with its fiery color palette. 

Molokai artist Perry Buchalter, who is loved for his creativity and his entertaining teaching style, will be directing you through this painting exercise. Enjoy the company of other creatives, novice to pro, while watching a beautiful sunset and treating yourself to a no-host bar and appetizers. Bring a friend, make it a girls night out, a bro bonding event, or have some art therapy with co-workers after a long day.…

Molokai Artists Selected to Statewide Exhibition

Wednesday, September 27th, 2023

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release 

Hawaii Craftsmen would like to heartily congratulate the eight Molokai artists whose works were juried into the Hawaii Craftsmen 57th consecutive statewide exhibition.

This is a very competitive show to participate in and the Molokai entrants faced an even greater challenge being smaller in numbers in comparison to the other islands. This exhibition features 106 extraordinary artworks from 99 artists on Hawaii Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, and Oahu. These artworks were selected from 537 entries across the state.

Congratulations goes to Arabella Ark, Dan Bennett, Jason Elder, Patti Golebieski, Terry Klerlein, Jason Liu, Kim Markham and Carol Rocha.…

Art and Health Go Hand in Hand at MGH

Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

Art and Health Go Hand in Hand at MGH

By Jack Kiyonaga, Editor 

“What do you want the art to say?” asked Dewitt Jones, longtime photographer and Molokai resident. 

He gestured along the walls of Molokai General Hospital, adorned with huge canvases capturing May Days, Makahiki, rodeos: Molokai people and Molokai days gone by. These are just some of the estimated 120 photos decorating the hospital. 

“When the nurses go away, it’s just the walls,” said Jones. “You feel very alone.” 

Jones’ hope is that pictures of local people, places and scenes help those who enter and work at the hospital to feel more at peace. 

“You come to a hospital.…

Hawaii Craftsmen Artist Talk

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release

Hawaii Craftsmen presents a public talk by Beth McLaughlin on Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 2-3 p.m. at the Kualapuu Recreation Center.

McLaughlin is the chief curator at Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. She has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for nearly 30 years at institutions across the U.S. McLaughlin has curated and organized over 50 exhibitions and has served as a juror for a number of cultural organizations, including American Craft Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Fiber Art Now. She has been published in several books and periodicals, such as American Craft Magazine, Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism, and the Decorative Arts Society Newsletter.…

Artist in Residence

Wednesday, August 16th, 2023

Artist in Residence

MAC News Release

The Molokai Arts Center (MAC) welcomes Artist in Residence Noelani M. Piters to our community. Noelani Piters is a Chinese, Kanaka Maoli and Jewish writer living in San Francisco, CA. She is a 2022 Kearny Street Workshop Interdisciplinary Writers Lab Fellow. Her poetry has been published in Reed Magazine and Pleiades, and she has contributed to The Rumpus and SOMA Magazine.

Noelani will be working on a short story collection centered around Hawaii, the Native Hawaiian diaspora, mixedness and what it means to belong. These stories will explore how immigration, colonization, family myth, mixed experience, the relationship to the land, inheritance and kuleana complicate and create identity.…

Artists in Residence

Wednesday, July 19th, 2023

Artists in Residence

MAC News Release

This month, the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) welcomes two Artists in Residence, Dr. Ryan Pratt and Ms. Tansy Xiao. Dr. Ryan Pratt will be working on A Sonic Ecology. Ms. Xiao’s project is entitled Sound Dust.

Ryan is interested in “recording the natural sounds of Molokai, studying them and extrapolating a musical landscape, exploring portraits in audio with ‘endangered’ sounds, reflecting the ecology of the island.” Tansy would like to “create a poetic video essay inspired by Hawaiian traditional music.” She was fascinated by Hawaiian filmmaker Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu’s work, which was her first encounter to the genre.

Ryan Pratt was introduced to music through his grandmother, a jazz pianist and vocalist.…

HI Wins Best License Plate

Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

HI Wins Best License Plate

By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor

The State of Hawaii was awarded nationally for its license plate depicting the iconic voyaging canoe Hokule’a, which was designed by Molokai’s Todd Yamashita for the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The award came from the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization devoted to researching, collecting and promoting license plates. The win represented the 58th plate to be recognized by ALPCA, and the first time Hawaii has earned the “best plate” honor. 

The award was presented to Gov. Josh Green last week, and Yamashita also received a plaque. 

“We were proud to congratulate plate designer Todd Yamashita from Molokai with the award today, which is the first time Hawaii has won this award!”…

Submit Art to Juried Exhibit

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

HI Craftsmen News Release 

Held annually since 1967, the Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition features the finest traditional and contemporary craft from across the state of Hawaii. This year, the juror will be Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Fuller Craft Museum. The juror will be visiting each island to make public presentations and to select the very best work to be included in the exhibition. 

Online registration runs from Aug. 1-31 and Molokai intake and public presentation will be on Sept. 6. Notice of acceptance will be on Sept. 14. 

This year, HC expects over $11,000 in awards to be designated by our juror.…

Artist in the School

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023

MAC News Release

The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Artists in the Schools (AITS) provides grants to schools to bring in qualified, trained teaching artists from the Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster. The residency is designed to provide engaging, creative, and fun learning experiences based on the Fine Arts standards for all grade levels. Many of these teaching artists integrate their art form with other core curriculum areas, such as language arts, math, social studies, science, meeting both fine arts and other core standards.

This year, Kualapu’u Conversion Charter School was privileged to have poet Laurel Nakanishi work with 5, and Papa 6 classes. Laurel…