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The Art of Conversation

@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

Eat Cake Gallery is a production company whose mission is to empower women through the art of conversation and film.  Created by Christina Uyeno and Melissa Mattos, they hope to create a safe space for women of all backgrounds to come and indulge in their own creativity, passions, and journey, and to also connect those of similar mind and heart.

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A Search for Self

@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

Lauren Hana Chai was born and raised in Honolulu, the first of her family to be born in the United States. Raised by her grandparents who are from South Korea, she grew up with dual cultures. Lauren studied fine art painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has been in numerous shows in California and Texas. Lauren uses mixed media and oils. The mixed media brings together different elements which is a reflection of her identity, a clash of traditional and modern, eastern and western. She paints issues such as taboo, feminism, sexuality, violation and oppression.

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Females in Comics and Animation


Women have been underrepresented in literature, comics, and animation.  In the Pacific, traditional indigenous ideals of female beauty have been marred by distorted western representations of exoticism, objectification, and sexualization. This team of creatives shares their thoughts about this problem, the work being done to change this, and their representations of ancestral female heroines and contemporary female superheroes in their comics and animated films. Michael CeballosMary Hattori, and Christopher Caravalho share. 

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Dream Float HI

@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

Geoffrey Sato is the founder of Dream Float Hawaii, and has worked to pioneer floating throughout the state of Hawaii.  Along with teaching yoga and meditation, he is the creator of Hawaii Gourmet Gift Box and host of upcoming HI-Life Podcast.

Nicole Maileen Woo is an artist who uses her gifts of creativity, insight and passion through a wealth of expressions including dance and writing to expand the human spirit. She is one of three girls and has over 15 years of involvement with women’s circles. She is dedicated to sisterhood and honoring the feminine.

Boz Schurr received her masters from UH Manoa in 2011 and is currently teaching secondary ed while also running a freelance art and design business. Boz has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has most recently completed several murals in Honolulu and in February was invited to paint a mural for Pow! Wow! Hawaii.

Mary Perez Hattori, a native CHamoru of Guåhan (Guam), she is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori and resides on O‘ahu with her son and husband.  Dr. Hattori serves as Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i and is affiliated with the Doctorate in Professional Education Practice, the Indigenous Politics Program, and the Learning Design & Technology Program at UH.  Her scholarly endeavors include poetry, CHamoru chant, and promoting culturally responsive education for Pacific islanders.

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Hidden Figures: Women by Numbers

@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

An economist and diplomat, Ambassador Amanda Ellis currently serves as Special Advisor for International Programs and Partnerships in the Office of the President at the East West Center, Hawai‘i. Until March 2016 Amanda served as New Zealand Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, playing a key role in New Zealand’s successful UN Security Council bid. Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary (International Development) in the NZ Foreign Ministry she was first woman to lead the Aid Programme. With a long history working to promote gender equality, Ms Ellis held a number of senior roles at the World Bank Group, where she founded the IFC gender group, managed the President’s Global Private Sector CEO Leaders and led the Doing Business gender research project which created “Women, Business and the Law.” A founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, Amanda currently serves on the advisory boards of FINCA International, UN Women Empowerment Principles, the World Economic Forum Future Agenda Councils and the Council on Foreign Relations Committee on economic inclusion. She is the author of two best selling Random House books on women in business and five research titles on gender and economic growth in the World Bank Directions in Development series. Ms. Ellis is the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment.

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How to Be a Good Girl

@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

Terra Keck is a 3rd year MFA student at the University of Hawai‘i - Manoa currently working on her thesis. She received her bachelors in fine arts from ball state university in muncie, indiana, in drawing. She is also a co-curator of the infamous anarchic art-happening group GRRIC.

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Immersive Interactions: Becoming Duke

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Michael Wilson is an exhibit designer at the Bishop Museum, before that he worked in educational technology for museums, makerspaces, and universities in California, New Mexico, and NYC. While working at Hawai‘i’s premier cult place of the Muses, he was tasked with telling the story of Duke Kahanamoku.

The presentation is specifically about the technical difficulty of allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of Duke’s longest ride, one of the greatest surf adventures of all time.

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On Tahiti, Loss & Father Figures

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Alex Teiti-Gierlach, a junior, and Gearld Canaday IV, a sophomore, are part of a group of students who willingly give up their lunch period once a week to study poetry with their non-teacher, Shareen Murayama, a poet and senior English teacher on campus.

Together, they inspire each other to write about things that are pressing and important as they discover their voices and realize that poetry is alive and relevant to the Millennials.

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Historic Photographs That Intrigue and Inspire

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

I’m DeSoto Brown, the Bishop Museum Historian. I’ve worked in Bishop Museum Archives for over 30 years. Over this time I’ve encountered many historic photos which intrigue me. Sometimes these pictures come with identifications and dates and locations, but often they do not. When this information is missing, I’m inspired to research the “who, what, where, when, and how” of them. Tonight, as I present a selection of some of my favorite intriguing photos, I’ll ask some of the questions that might come to mind when looking at them, and then tell you what I’m able to about each image.

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Magritte Variations

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Joseph Stanton is an art historian and poet. As a scholar he has written about Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Caspar David Friedrich, Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, and many other artists.  He has published more than 400 poems in journals and anthologies.  He is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Last summer he presented “Starting with Art,” a poetry-writing workshop at Poets House in New York City. Last spring he offered a similar “Starting with Art” workshop at the Honolulu Museum School. He plans to offer that that workshop again in the future. Tonight he will be performing his poem “Magritte Variations” from his book Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art.

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Masks, money, puppets, and a water buffalo

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Dawn Sueoka is coordinator of the Honolulu Museum of Art School Lending Collection. The Lending Collection contains thousands of historically, culturally, and artistically significant objects that are loaned to educators for use in the classroom. Lending Collection objects range in date 100 BC to the 21st century. They include masks, costumes, tools, toys, currency, musical instruments, and more. They are used by students across the state, from Kaua’i High and Intermediate to Ka‘u High and Pahala Elementary School. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators.

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Anatomy of a Discovery

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Dr. Richard Pyle of Bishop Museum uses high-tech diving gear to explore deep coral reefs. He will tell the story behind the discovery of a new species of endemic Hawaiian fish, and its relationship to one of the largest protected areas on Earth.