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Healoha Johnston

in Honolulu

When Caricature is Considered Portraiture


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.

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@ VOL 18 ON AUG 16, 2013

Keone Nunes had grown up exposed to family members who still spoke the native Hawaiian language and elders who still remembered the tribal practices of their past. His talk will touch on the art of tapping, a rare technique left in the world. Instead of relying on an electric machine and a steel needle, Nunes makes his own tools and even his own ink when tattooing in this very rare ancient way.

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Born in Fire

@ VOL 22 ON DEC 12, 2014

ku‘ualoha is an Associate Professor of English at UH Mānoa, and the Chief Editor of ‘Ōiwi, a Native Hawaiian Journal. She is also author of “Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele”

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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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Architectural Portraiture

@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"Each building is all about the detail and my personal approach to it."

In Architectural Portraiture from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, Architectural illustrator Thibaud Hémen shares a highly sophisticated collection of his work, intricate illustrations of buildings with painstaking attention to detail. His incredible drawings allow the unique personality of each subject to shine forth and be fully appreciated.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 8th, 2015. 

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Uncommon Portraiture

@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

Mike Lopez brings a unique blend of portraiture with stylized versions of the traditional native hairdress go give his portraits a unique borderland flavor.

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A Painting A Day for A Year

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 13, 2019

Sharon Wayson's art work has been published in three books and she is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.  Her professional name is “Shane” in honor of her Mother who gave her the nickname when she was a child.

Sharon undertook a challenge to paint one painting a day for 365 days. Each painting was to be completed in 1 hour. What you are about to see is a sample of 20 paintings taken from the 365 produced.

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The Portraiture Paradox

@ VOL 2 ON APR 11, 2019

Ben Frisch has been an artist since the age of 2. He sold his first drawing to a classmate in grade 6 and he was hooked. Art as a career can be a challenging path to take especially as a portrait artist and that pursuit dominated his 20’s. Although Ben had many ups and downs, that dream never came to fruition. His passion for portraiture was put on a shelf and now at 36, he has not made art for a long time. It’s sad to think that dream may have died but in hindsight, Ben now sees the paradox that plagued him. This is the story of Ben's career as a portrait artist and why he was doomed to fail.

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From Hastings With Love, Portraiture as a process of self-discovery, creating identities and telling our stories

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 18, 2019

Rossana Leal is the Director of the Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddying Project and WOMA Women of The Year 2019. She explores the role of portraiture and photography in creating our own stories, remembering the people we encountered and the places that saw us grow and evolve.