"Na Waimaka o Ka Lani -- The Tears of Heaven," by Mark Chai," is part of "Makawalu: The Watchful One," on display at The ARTS at Marks Garage. Other artists featured include Maile Andrade, Rocky Jensen, Imaikalani Kalahele, Kapulani Landgraf, Meleanna Meyer and Abigail Romanchak.
To celebrate Maoli Arts Month, downtown galleries are exhibiting works by Native Hawaiian artists in various exhibitions.
Included in the mix are "Makawalu: The Watchful One" at The ARTS at Marks Garage, "Invasive Species" at Nuuanu Gallery at Marks Garage and "Na'au Exhibit" and "Kü /Hina" at the Louis Pohl Gallery.
"Na'au" features the work of Maui's Al Lagunero, who was honored at the MAMo Awards 2008 for his efforts as an arts organizer. The award recognizes Native Hawaiians who have spent their lives championing Native Hawaiian arts.
"Invasive Species," curated by well-known native artist Maile Andrade, features works on paper by artists, poets and activists that respond to the topic in the title. "Maka-walu" showcases the works of eight contemporary native artists, exploring such themes as self-identity and community.
The Louis Pohl shows run through May 24; call 521-1812. "Invasive Species" and "Makawalu" continue through May 31. Call Nuuanu Gallery at 536-9828 and The ARTS at Marks at 521-2903.
"Mango With Opihi," by Al Lagunero, is a watercolor that's part of the "Na'au Exhibit" at Louis Pohl Gallery.
Abbey Romanchak's "Kumu" is a collagraph print and part of "Invasive Species" at Nuuanu Gallery at Marks Garage.
Maile Andrade's "Ho'ailona" is a monotype and also part of the "Invasive Species" gallery.
Maika'i Tubbs' "Off Course," created from a book, is also part of "Makawalu: The Watchful One."