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Storytelling and Paintings of Molokai

MAC News Release

Molokai Arts Center (MAC) is pleased to announce Storytelling and an Exhibit of Paintings of Molokai by Donald Sunshine, FAIA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, an award-winning architect, artist and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.   In addition to technical writing and 16 volumes of travel sketches, he previously authored a memoir, “Recollections of an Urban Refugee,” as well as three books about Molokai.   Professor Sunshine and his artist/collaborator wife live on their family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and on the island of Molokai, where his latest books, “Life’s Moments,”  and a book of poetry, “Here ‘N There,” were written.

“Life’s Moments – From the Hawaiian Islands To The Appalachian Mountains” encourages readers to find the humor, share the happiness and enjoy life’s moments. It’s a collection of stories and sketches of the hilarity of life’s moments, moments that we all have, but too often miss the humor.   The author shares some of these moments with the readers in the hope they can also find the humor in their own stories. These moments include six months of traveling through Europe on a fellowship, booking a luxury tour to Turkey;  riding the bus in Honolulu; purchasing a jeep in Virginia and transporting it to Hawaii; trying to grow banana plants on Molokai; and trying to buy groceries at Friendly Market.

The Storytelling and Gallery Reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Molokai Arts Center at the Coffees of Hawaii Plantation in Kualapu`u, Molokai with a reception immediately following in the `Ike Lihi Gallery.  The exhibit of paintings will be on view from Jan. 17 through Feb.14 during MAC hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All proceeds from sales of Professor Sunshine’s books will be donated to Molokai Arts Center, a 501(c)(3) charity.


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