Art

Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

Buy Local, Support a Family

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Buy Local, Support a Family

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales may be past, but every day is Small Business Saturday on Molokai! Finish your Christmas gift shopping list on Molokai by sup-porting local businesses. Whether it’s products brought in for sale from Molokai Drugs, Take’s, Molokai Wines and Spirits or Imports Gifts, or buying directly from a local entrepreneur, local gifting keeps the resources on Molokai and helps local families at the same time. Along with other holiday sales, a handful of locally, mom-owned businesses at a Holiday Popup event at Paddlers Restaurant on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m.…

Support the Arts

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) started 2020 celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Plans to expand classes and activities, helping to intensify MAC’s commitment to the Molokai community, was waylaid by COVID-19 and frequently changing safety protocols.

The mission of the only non-profit arts education organization on Molokai is to provide art classes, youth and kupuna programs, as well as studio and gallery space for adults, children, residents and visitors to this rural island. We believe that everyone in the Molokai community, from the professional artist to the novice, deserves the opportunity to develop their creative gifts.

Today, this means servicing less people in light of social distancing requirements and canceling all activities which normally gathered more than ten people.…

Gift Local

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Gift Local

By The Molokai Dispatch Staff

Instead of buying gifts from Amazon this year, try supporting local and choosing a present that’s handcrafted and Molokai-made by one of our very own talented business people! In our continuing series to highlight local vendors this holiday season, here are a few more to inspire you. What are your go-to Molokai artists, creators or businesses to support? Why do you shop local? Email us at editor@themolokaidispatch.com or visit our Molokai Dispatch Facebook page to suggest a local highlight or join the shop local conversation.…

Shop Local, Support Molokai

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Shop Local, Support Molokai

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

This season of giving, local businesses and entrepreneurs are relying on us more than ever to support them by shopping and gifting Molokai-made or -purchased items. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting local gift sources and hope you’ll share your favorites with us too. What are your go-to Molokai artists, creators or businesses to support this holiday season? Why do you shop local? Email us at editor@themolokaidispatch.com or visit our Molokai Dispatch Facebook page to suggest a local highlight or join the shop local conversation.Kapua U’i Jewelry, @kapua.ui, kapuaui.com

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Kalae Holiday Art Show and Sale

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Kalae Art News Release

This year, due to the corona virus pandemic, the Kala’e Holiday Art Show and Sale will have a new structure to keep the community safe and prevent spread on Molokai. Dan Bennett, of Bennett Pottery, and Paula Scott, of Molokai Girl Studio, will present their work for viewing and sale by hosting open studio days from Saturday, Nov. 22 through Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bennett creates stoneware and porcelain utilitarian ware for the home. It is durable, oven and dishwasher safe as well as suitable for the microwave. There will be a wide variety of ware available including mugs, tea pots and cups, baking dishes, salt jars, bowls, plates, jars, platters and vases.…

The Art Show Goes On

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

MAC News Release

The ninth annual Molokai Arts Center (MAC) Member Show will be exhibited online at the Molokai Arts Center website beginning Nov. 9. The online gallery will be up for two months. Some of the works are offered for sale (NFS=Not for Sale).

This year’s juror was Maya Lea Portner. Maya is an artist and educator in Honolulu, Hawaii. She earned a BFA (Sculpture) from Washington University School of Art in St. Louis and an MFA in Art (Fibers) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Maya has exhibited nationally in New York City, San Francisco and St. Louis, MO.…

4 Molokai Artists in Hawaii Craftsmen Exhibit

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

4 Molokai Artists in Hawaii Craftsmen Exhibit

Hawaii Craftsmen News Release

Four of Molokai artists’ works, for a total of five pieces, were accepted into the Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition of traditional and contemporary crafts. This statewide competition has been held annually for 53 years. Entries totaled 456 artworks 156 Hawaii artists from six islands, and 115 artworks were selected, representing 75 Hawaii artists from six islands.

Congratulations goes to Arabella Ark for her “Lily Jar, lidded vase,” a ceramic, gold and copper leaf piece; Dan Bennett for “Cervine Ossurary #2 COHID20-Crown of Horns” which is a high fire stoneware with deer antler. Kanoe Dudoit was accepted for her white clay, white crackle glaze piece called, “On Her Journey;” and Kim Markham earned two entries: “Sushi” which is a stoneware handbuilt platter and “Opihi” which is a Raku pinched tea bowl.…

Arts Center Still Open

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Arts Center Still Open

MAC News Release

Did you know that the Molokai Arts Center (MAC) re-opened on June 1 after having been shut down since March 20? The MAC opened by appointment only with health and safety guidelines in place. Aka’ula School and Kualapu’u School held summer sessions and our Saturday Keiki Classes started up again. While the MAC studio is limited by space (hence “open by appointment only”), members have been able to continue creating beautiful ceramic pieces and paintings.

Thirty-one pieces were submitted for MAC’s ninth annual Member Art Show. Artist Maya Lea Portner was this year’s juror, and she virtually selected 22 pieces for this year’s show.…

Exploring Youth Photography

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

By Kanoelani Davis, Honeygirl English, Shaye Lauifi — Ahupuaʻa O Molokai; Puni Ke Ola
Susana Helm, Jackie Ng-Osorio, Becka Adolpho — UH Manoa

Puni Ke Ola (PiKO) is a community-based youth program that explores how culture can promote health and prevent substance use among the youths in Native Hawaiian communities. In this afterschool program, the ʻopio will be able to connect to themselves, their ohana and their community through the use of photography. Led by Kumu Kanoelani Davis, the photo strategy aligned with Hawaiian cultural values has sparked a fun and artistic way for the kids to express themselves. Their photos emphasize culture, health, and positive youth development.…

Youth Photography and Puni Ke Ola

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Youth Photography and Puni Ke Ola

By Susana Helm, Jackie Ng-Osorio, Becka Adolpho – UH Manoa; Kanoelani Davis, Honeygirl English, Shaye Lauifi – Ahupuaʻa O Molokai

Puni Ke Ola (PiKO) uses photography to engage youth in learning more about how traditional Hawaiian beliefs and practices promote health and can eliminate substance use in their own lives, as well as among their families and communities. Led by Molokai Kumu Kanoelani Davis and University of Hawaii at Manoa professor Susana Helm since 2015, the photo strategy has been aligned with Hawaiian culture. In PiKO, haumana take pictures while they participate in culturally immersive huakaʻi.

This year due to the pandemic, huakaʻi will be conducted virtually until it is safe to go live again, so youth may take photos around their own homes and communities.…