Past Honolulu Event: VOL 23

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VOL 23

April 10, 2015
@ Honolulu Museum of Art School

PechaKucha Night Honolulu is a free and informal event where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, and thoughts. The event happens three time a year with a theme. Next up, the theme is "Contact".

CONTACT 2015 is an annual juried exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of "contact" as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people, and their experiences.

Speakers: (in presenting order)

Meleanna Meyer
Kazu Kauinana – "Is this Hawaiian Art or What?"
Marika Emi – "The Pacific Commercial Advertiser"
Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu – "Remembering Hui Panala’au"
Solomon Enos – "Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age"


Healoha Johnston – "When Caricature is Considered Portraiture"
Ngahiraka Mason – "F.FACT"
KC Grennan – "material contact~hi"
Kalani Largusa – "Contact Currency"

The food vendor for the evening will be winners of the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, Aloha Plate! They are preparing a special menu for PechaKucha Honolulu.

Jonathan Yee will also be serving the finest Hawaiian awa root varietals from his family's north shore awa farm. Awa is one of Jonathan's passions, and we all get to benefit. Hawaiian Awa no ka oi!

As a musical guest, old-time slack key player, Uncle Matt Love will be performing. Matt's smooth slide and falsetto voice puts us all in another era.

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Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Solomon Enos received his first commission as a sixth grader, illustrating curriculum for lower grade levels at Makaha Elementary School. From there he illustrated books such as Na Akua Hawai`i (The Gods and Goddesses of Hawai`i), and The centennial edition of The Epic Tales of Hi`iakaikapoliopele to name a couple. Solomon is also known for large scale murals at various public schools and private venues. His most recent project, “Polyfantastica”, has been published and Solomon continues working on another life-long project called “Mata” that he hopes may unify all the global mythologies and theologies into the final human narrative, hosted as an International Public Game, in line with the Public Radio and Television.

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Remembering Hui Panala‘au

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Noelle Kahanu is a co-curator for the Contact 2015 exhibition looking at events from 1890's to 1930's. She shares the SouthSeas story of her father.She is a writer and artist and worked at Bishop Museum from 1998 to 2014. She has served as cultural inventory specialist, project manager, and Director of Community Affairs. Noelle oversaw the annual Native Hawaiian Arts Market and has developed over 20 exhibitions incorporating the works of more than 100 native artists. She was on the project team that guided the historic renovation of Hawaiian Hall (2009) and Pacific Hall (2013) and was instrumental in the 2010 landmark exhibition E Kū Ana Ka Paia, which brought together the last three Kū temple images in the world. Kahanu is currently an assistant specialist in Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian programs in the American Studies department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

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The Pacific Commercial Advertiser

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Marika Emi has a BFA in Printmaking and BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her practice includes both studio-based components and public community projects. She talks tonight about ruminations, research, reactions and responses to Hawaii’s longtime English-language print newspaper, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, and its ongoing role in the promotion of advertisement, development, and Western interest in the islands.

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Is this Hawaiian Art or What?

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Kazu Kauinana’s began school at Kamehameha in 1952 where he was awarded an art scholarship here at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in the 3rd grade. He then left home at age 15 to surf in California and began his 21 year exploration of the world and other cultures. He credits living in New York City for 13 years as the most educational and awakening experience in his life. When Kazu makes art, he chooses an approach that draws upon today’s local and global issues. Sometimes, he illustrates Hawaiian legends in a way that will apply to our present day lives.

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Ku‘u ‘Āina Aloha: Beloved Land, Beloved Country

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

An award winning Native Hawaiian artist, filmmaker, and arts educator, Meleanna Meyer's commitment to documentary film began in 1989. She presents her family history intertwined with Hawaiian history. She has taught in a wide range of educational settings both public and private, at the university level, in the charter schools, as an artist in residence and currently, contractually also as a consultant with Kamehameha schools Literacy and Instruction program as a arts/culture curriculum specialist.

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Material Contact Hi

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

KC Grennan lives and works on the Windward side of Oahu in lovely Kahalu’u.  Here she works collaboratively with Scott Fitzel as Xen Design Inc., maintaining a hot glass studio and metal fabrication shop for the production of furniture, lighting and architectural elements. She also independently pursues her own work in painting, sculpture, and interior design.

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@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Ngahiraka Mason is a curator of 20 years experience gained at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the largest public art museum in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her commitment to contemporary practice includes mentoring, collaborating and commissioning artists and acquiring artworks for her institution. Ngahiraka’s presentation is Feathering Friends: Artists and Curators Today (F.FACT) is inspired by what she has experienced of the natural world of birds and their social world. I explore this topic to draw
out some funny facts about artists and curators.

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When Caricature is Considered Portraiture

@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Healoha Johnson is the Assistant Curator of the Arts of Hawai‘i at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Johnston holds a MA degree in Art History, and is completing a second MA degree in Pacific Island Studies, both from the University of Hawai‘i. Healoha’s presentation considers how caricatures often depict political events and high-profiled figures, and then remain as visual records with the potential to circulate misconceptions as truth through what is in fact a badly distorted caricature of the actual event or figure.


This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 9th, 2015.

Solomon Enos
in Honolulu
Meleanna Meyer
in Honolulu
Kazu Kauinana
in Honolulu
Marika Emi
in Honolulu
Noelle Kahanu
in Honolulu
Healoha Johnston
in Honolulu
Ngahiraka Mason
in Honolulu
KC Grennan
in Honolulu