Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

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…

Molokai Youth Wins 2nd in Recycled Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

Molokai Youth Wins 2nd in Recycled Fashion Show

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Eleven-year-old Molokai resident Rose Elder earned second place in a county-wide fashion show highlighting recycled materials. Her “Warrior Against Pollution” costume, made with marine debris she and her dad collected on Molokai beaches, won her high praise alongside adult first and third place winners from Maui in the annual Trashion Show presented by nonprofit Malama Maui Nui last weekend. 

Rose said she sketched her design based on the materials she found. 

“I wanted it to be a warrior who’s wearing pollution like a shield,” she explained. “We like to go to the beach a lot, me and my dad, and gather trash at Mo’omomi.…

‘Legend of Mulan’ Upcoming Performances

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

Hokulani Children’s Theatre News Release 

Hokulani Children’s Theatre of Molokai proudly offers our first ever community performance!  The “Legend of Mulan” features the efforts of 22 Molokai keiki on Friday, April 14 at  6.p.m and Saturday, April 15 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Home Pumehana Recreational Hall.  

Performances are free — we do not want any child to miss this opportunity for wholesome family entertainment.  For those who are able, donations are gladly accepted to support our scholarship program for interns and future program offerings to develop performing art skills for our island children.  There will be a drink and snack concession available for purchase.…

Artist in Residence

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

Artist in Residence

MAC News Release 

The Molokai Arts Center welcomes our first Artist in Residence (AIR) of 2023, ceramicist Brad Menninga of St. Paul, Minnesota. Molokai provides a perfect backdrop to create, explore and experience a unique culture. The purpose of the MAC Artist in Residence program is to provide guest artists with a respite from daily responsibilities to enable them to create and concentrate on their work. This is a non-paid, volunteer position.

Menninga began his ceramics career in Portland, Oregon, dividing his time between studio pottery and making giant puppets for street theater. Eventually wishing to focus more intently on art-making and the ideas motivating his work, he received a MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010 and incorporated a daily practice of study into his routine.…

Soup ‘R Bowl Saturday

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

Soup ‘R Bowl Saturday

By Jack Kiyonaga, Reporter 

Hundreds of bowls filled the tables at Lanikeha Community Center last Saturday. Guests lined up out the door, tickets clenched, pondering the big decisions for the night: what will their new bowl look like, and what kind of soup will fill it? 

Now in its 13th year, the Soup ‘R Bowl is a soup themed fundraiser for the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) at which participants choose a type of soup and hand-made ceramic bowl to take home, amongst other artisanal gifts. The sold-out event featured a range of artwork from ceramics to music and dance performances. 

This year, attendees were able to choose between four types of soup: Portuguese bean soup, donated by the Kanemitsu family, chicken tinola, also donated by the Kanemitsu family, sea food chowder, donated by Mike Holm, and caldo verde, donated by Carol Rocha. …

Soup ‘R Bowl Coming Saturday

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

Soup ‘R Bowl Coming Saturday

MAC News Release

There are only a few more days left to purchase tickets for the 2023 Molokai Arts Center (MAC) Soup ‘R Bowl. The 13th annual fundraiser event will be held at Lanikeha Community Center in Ho’olehua, on Saturday, March 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. 

What happens at the Soup ‘R Bowl? A ticket gains you entrance to tables lined with over 300 ceramic bowls (and a few Molokai mugs) handcrafted by artisans at the Molokai Arts Center. Redeem your ticket stubs for a bowl or mug of your choice as well as a hearty soup meal. This year you can select from Portuguese Bean Soup, Chicken Tinola, Seafood Chowder, or Potato/Kale Soup (Garrick Kanemitsu, Mike Holm, Carol Rocha).…

Learning with the Children’s Theatre

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Learning with the Children’s Theatre

Community Contributed

My name is Wailana Purdy-Avelino, an intern for Hōkūlani Childrenʻs Theatre of Molokai under Mrs. Vicki Boswell. As an intern, my responsibilities include creating a web page for Hokulani CTOM and updating our Facebook page weekly, I am currently developing a puppet theater script to go in the play and help to arrange a day camp for the kids during spring break to create props and shadow puppets while doing fun activities to build stronger relationships with our young actors.

Personally, I always enjoyed theater and acting. While in elementary school I participated in several school plays including one under the direction of Mrs.…

Soup ‘R Bowl is Coming

Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

MAC News Release 

It’s that time of year again! Get your tickets now for the 2023 Molokai Arts Center (MAC) Soup ‘R Bowl. The 13th annual fundraiser event will be held at Lanikeha Community Center in Ho’olehua on Saturday, March 11. Tickets are being sold online at

What happens at the Soup ‘R Bowl? A ticket gains you entrance to tables lined with over 300 ceramic bowls (and a few Molokai mugs) handcrafted by artisans at the Molokai Arts Center. Redeem your ticket for a bowl or mug of your choice as well as a hearty soup meal. Make it a night out with your family or friends.…

Children’s Theatre of Molokai Launches

Wednesday, December 21st, 2022

Children’s Theatre of Molokai Launches

Hokulani CTOM News Release 

There are currently no ongoing theatrical opportunities in the community or any of Molokai schools. To fill this gap, a grassroots community effort began in 2022 by Vicki Boswell, a former elementary school performing arts teacher and social worker from the island. The mission of Hokulani Children’s Theatre of Molokai (Hokulani CTOM) is to enrich the lives of young people and inspire them to build a better community by gaining performing art experience that will deepen their understanding of human connections and values. Hokulani CTOM is in the process of being created.

Working with other community organizations we officially launch in January with our first community production play, “The Legend of Mulan” for youth between the ages of 7 and 14 years old. …

Visit Molokai Ceramic Artist

Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Ark Ceramics News Release

 “I walk a beach marked by the ebbing tide,” says ceramic artist Arabella Ark, “where I step over broken coral and loose limu to the pond wall. There I watch the heron fishing, the kolea pecking, the fish jumping, while whales breach in the channel beyond the reef. The wind picks up and the sea begins to churn. These are the elements of design on my ceramics.”

At Arabella’s studio, you can find shapes, sizes, colors from our changing natural world. There are pots glazed in pinks and corals like the setting sun; others in deep turquoises and greens like the sea.…