Art

Visual and performance arts stories on Molokai

Meet the Artists: Kala’e Tangonan

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022

Meet the Artists: Kala’e Tangonan

Community Contributed

By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name, and what is your art form?

I am Kala’e Tangonan, and I do multi-media. 

What is your connection to Molokai?

I was born and raised on Molokai.  I’m never going to live anywhere else.  This is my home.

What do you do besides make art?

I have a lot of kids so we are involved in a lot of things, community events, keiki fairs and Ka Hula Piko. …

Soup-porting the Arts

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Soup-porting the Arts

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Local ceramic artists created more than 400 pottery bowls for this year’s Molokai Arts Center annual Soup R Bowl event, held last Saturday at Lanikeha. Attendees picked their favorite bowl, filled it with soup of their choice and enjoyed the music of the Molokai Instrumental Music Education program led by Bob Underwood, and Malama Molokai Wellness with musicians Kala Bishaw-Juario and Kaleo Bishaw. 

The 12th annual event supports the Molokai Arts Center’s art education programs, including classes for keiki and kupuna. Guests were also able to meet the potters who made their bowls — Dan Bennett, Emillia Noordhoek, Kim Markham, Betty West and Maricel Kanemitsu.…

Meet the Artists: Anna Fuernsteiner

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Meet the Artists: Anna Fuernsteiner

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By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and what is your art form?

I’m Anna Fuernsteiner, and I paint with oil and acrylics on canvas.

What is your connection to Molokai?

I was born in Vienna, Austria where I lived with my grandmother and moved to England with my mother and stepfather. When I married, I moved to the Pacific Northwest.…

Meet the Artists: Carol Rocha

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Meet the Artists: Carol Rocha

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By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Carol Rocha.  I grew up in Northern California.  My family is from the Azores, Portugal.  

What is your art form?

I am a sculptor.  I owned a wood shop for years in California that produced one of a kind reclaimed wood furniture.  Using wood for sculpting and creating art has been most of my professional art experience. …

Meet the Artists: Patti Golebieski

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Meet the Artists: Patti Golebieski

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By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and art form?

My mother wanted to call me Mona Lisa, but my father would not agree. I was christened Patricia Golebieski, but most people know me as Patti. I am a polyartist. 

What is a polyartist?

The phrase was coined around 1970 to mean a person who creates in two or more non-adjacent arts. …

Meet the Artists: Nan Walters

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Meet the Artists: Nan Walters

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By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.

What is your name and connection to Molokai?

My name is Nan Walters. I came to Molokai and the Yamashita family as a young wife and new mom in 1978.  I had my second child here and then ended up as a single mom.  Thinking about raising two boys on Molokai versus the mainland, there was no question, so we stayed. …

Hokule’a License Plate Designed by Molokai Resident

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Hokule’a License Plate Designed by Molokai Resident

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Hawaii residents have a new license plate option that supports and honors the Hokule’a voyaging canoe and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The plate was designed by Molokai’s Todd Yamashita, an artist and graphic designer who worked for the Polynesian Voyaging Society for five years during the Worldwide Voyage and also served as a crewmember during one of the journey’s legs, along with other Molokai crewmembers.  

The plate features a depiction of Hokule’a at the Hakipu’u area on Oahu, a place important to Polynesian voyagers for more than a thousand years, according to Yamashita. 

“In 2017, just after Hokule’a had returned from her historic worldwide voyage, I sailed with a small crew from Magic Island to Hakipu’u and spent the night onboard doing anchor watch.…

Molokai Artist Receives National Cultural Fellowship

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Molokai Artist Receives National Cultural Fellowship

First Peoples Fund News Release

First Peoples Fund, the oldest national Native-led organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous artists, has selected 12 individuals from across the country as recipients of the 2022 Cultural Capital Fellowship.

Local artist Kanaka Maoli Hawaii, Kanoelani Davis of Molokai, was named as one of the fellows. An artist whose artforms include regalia, jewelry and weaving, Davis will receive a $7,500 project grant, technical support and professional training over the course of the year.

“We deeply believe in the transformative power of artists and culture bearers to strengthen and uplift communities,” said First Peoples Fund President Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota).…

Meet the Artists: Victor Lopez Orozco

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022

Meet the Artists: Victor Lopez Orozco

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By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.  

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Victor Lopez Orozco. I am from Mexico, and I have been on Molokai almost 26 years.

What brought you to Molokai?

I came to build fences for Molokai Ranch.  I worked there for about three years and after then the crew moved to Honolulu or Big Island, but I decided I like Molokai. …

Meet the Artists: PF Bentley

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Meet the Artists: PF Bentley

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By Na Heona Molokai

Na Heona Molokai (Artists of Molokai) is a group creating an exhibition titled “No Stop Light: Molokai” for the 3,600 square foot Downtown Art Center in Honolulu, in May 2022. In the coming months, we will introduce each artist.  

PF Bentley grew up in Waikiki in the 60s and 70s and first came to Molokai in 1971 while a student at UH Manoa.  He graduated UH in 1975 with a B.Ed degree while working his first photography job at Sunbums Hawaii shooting music concerts for the publication.  In 1976, Bentley moved to San Francisco and later to New York for photojournalism opportunities, eventually returning home to Hawaii. …