Maoli arts exhibit delves into huna


POSTED: Sunday, May 03, 2009

An exploration of huna, a Hawaiian spiritual concept of “;that which is hidden,”; is the theme of the latest exhibit at The ARTS at Marks Garage, part of Maoli Arts Month, now in its fourth year.

“;Huna deals with aspects of Hawaiian cultural practices or meanings that are veiled or hidden,”; says Noelle Kahanu, a project manager at Bishop Museum, a MAMo organizer. “;Inherent in that notion of 'hidden' is also what is revealed.”;

As with many things Hawaiian, huna has been exploited, some cultural experts say.

“;We see 'huna workshops' advertised—(referring to) mostly kahuna practices—and it's another manifestation of misappropriation of Hawaiian culture,”; Kahanu explains. “;The show is a reclamation of Hawaiian spirituality.”; “;Huna”; features the works of native Hawaiian artists Pam Barton, Kau'i Chun, Natalie Mahina Jensen-Oomittuk, Al Lagunero, Marques Marzan, Meleanna Meyer, Matt Ortiz, Carl Pao and Kuanane Wooton.

“;Huna”; is but one of five exhibits being displayed in Chinatown for MAMo, forming one facet of the Maoli celebration. Other events include a street festival Friday in Chinatown, an arts market at Bishop Museum, a “;wearable art”; showcase at Sheraton Waikiki and another exhibit honoring master artists at the museum. For more about MAMo events, call 375-0847 or visit http://www.maoliartsmonth.org.

Kahanu says MAMo is good for both the Chinatown arts district and the community. “;It brings the Hawaiian community out to see what our people are doing, and it features both established and emerging artists, so there's a good balance.”;

“;Huna”; continues through May 30 at The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1159 Nuuanu Ave. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 521-2903.






        » MAMo Street Festival (6 to 10 p.m. Friday): Art activities, meet-and-greet with artists, food and entertainment by Robert Cazimero's Halau Na Kamalei and a screening of the film “;Na Kamalei: Men of Hula”; at Hawaii Theatre. Plus, the musical drama “;He Reo Aroha”; at Marks Garage. Purchase tickets at Hawaii Theatre Box Office; call 528-0506 or visit www.hawaiitheatre.com.

        » ”;The Tip of the Spear”; (Louis Pohl Gallery, 1111 Nuuanu Ave., call 521-1812), featuring contemporary Hawaiian art by Maile Andrade, Harinane Orme, Charlie Dickson, Imaikalani Kalahele, Henry Hoffe and Bob Freitas. Through May 29.

        » ”;Hua”; (Chinatown Boardroom, 1160 Nuuanu Ave., 585-7200) highlights emerging artists including Maikai Tubbs and Mikioi Wichman. Runs May 5 to 30.

        » Works by Lufi Luteru (DaSpace, 1192 Smith St., 352-4960 or 429-3324), through May 30.

        » Works by Joseph Dawson (Group 70 International, 925 Bethel St., 523-5866), showing at Hawaii's first sustainable design center, through May 30.

Bishop Museum
        » Native Hawaii Arts Market & Keiki Art Day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 and 24): Features work by more than 40 fine artists and contemporary craftsmen. Includes feather work, silk scarves, turned bowls, carved images, decorated gourds, weaponry and weaving, with demonstrations and entertainment. Visit ww.bishopmuseum.org.
        » ”;MAMo Awards Exhibit”;: Honors master quilter, feather worker and weaver “;Gussie”; Bento and carver Alapa'i Hanapi; plus, 16 past honorees. Through Oct. 31.


        » MAMo Wearable Art Showcase (May 30, Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii Ballroom): Features native Hawaiian art that adorns our bodies—clothing, costuming, weaponry, tattooing, featherwork, lei and more. This year's showcase is directed by Robert Cazimero and features a tribute to late master feather worker Mary Lou Kekuewa. For tickets, call 375-0847 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).