HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is no doubt that Merrie Monarch week provides Hilo with a much-needed economic boost every year. But hosting the worldʻs premiere hula event also means a lot of exposure for Hilo and what they have to offer. Amy Kalili has more.
Ua launa aku nei me nâ mea paheona Hawaiʻi e ʻimi ana i ka hoʻolaha ʻia o kâ lâkou mau hana i waena o nâ hoakipa he nei i ka Mele Manaka.
We met some local artists taking advantage of the Merrie Monarch crowds.
It was just a group of renegade Hawaiians that wanted to get together so that we could have a show and just to let everyone know how talented we are.
Artist & Co-coordinator, PIHA Art Exhibit
He mau Hawaiʻi i makemake e ʻike ʻia ke kalena o ko Hilo nei.
Loaʻa ma kahi o ke kanahika mea paheona i komo i kçia hôʻikeʻike o kçia wâ nui o nâ ko Hilo mau hoakipa ma muli o kçia hanana hula kaulana a puni ka honua.
Nearly 70 native Hawaiian artists are taking part in the show getting great exposure during this world premier event.
I think we have a total of 700 individual pieces here ranging from pohaku work, woodwork, oil paintings, leis, ceramics, and our native Hawaiian artifacts.
Ma kahi o ka 700 mea paheona mai ke kâlai pôhaku a lâʻau, kiʻi pena, lei, hana lâmeka, a i ka mea kuʻuna Hawaiʻi pû.
Ma hope o ka hua maikaʻi i kçlâ makahiki aku nei, ʻoi aku ka NUI o ka hôʻike o kçia makahiki a me ke kia i ka manaʻo nui.
After a successful run last year, this year's is bigger and has a clear purpose.
Looking at what our kupuna have left for us and moving it to a whole different level.
Artist, PIHA Art Exhibit
ʻO ka hoʻokâʻoi ma luna o ke aʻo o nâ kûpuna.
Kapa inoa ʻia ka hôʻike ʻo PIHA – Perpetuating Indigenous Hawaiian Artists, a ke lilo nei he ala e hôʻoia ʻia ai ka mana o ka paheona Hawaiʻi a me ka mâkaukau o nâ mea hana i ia ʻano paheona nô hoʻi.
The exhibit is called PIHA or Perpetuating Indigenous Hawaiians Artists and is empowering local native artists.
Being able to come to this venue that is totally grassroots and because of the trust that we have as Hawaiians with each other this is how this comes about.
ʻOiai kamaʻâina kekahi i kekahi, loaʻa ia pilina hilinaʻi e hua pono wale mai ai.
Aia ma ka hôʻike kekahi o kâ Mapuana hana, he lole i hakulau ʻia me ka noʻonoʻo i ke kûpeʻe.
One of Mapuana's pieces is on display, a dress inspired by the kûpeʻe shell.
Also instead of throwing away that piece that you take out when youʻre eating your kûpeʻe, I tried to incorporate that into the design.
Ma kahi o ke kîloi wale ʻia o ia ʻâpana e wehe ʻia ke ʻai kûpeʻe, ua hoʻohana au.
Aia kçia hôʻike ʻo PIHA ma ke keʻena Mele Manaka ma kahi kokoke wale nô i ka Hale Kanakaʻole.
PIHA is on display at the Merrie Monarch Office right next to Kanakaʻole Stadium.
This is a venue not just to showcase Hawaiʻi or this island, Hawaiʻi Island, or native Hawaiians, but allow the world to see what we here on our island are very capable of doing.
ʻAʻole pili wale nô i ka mokupuni nei a ʻôiwi Hawaiʻi paha, akâ, i ke kalena o ko neia mau mokupuni nô hoʻi.
Ma laila nô ka hôʻike me nâ mea paheona a i ka lâ hope o ka hoʻokûkû, kçia P6, Lâ 10 o ʻApelila.
Art and artisans will be onsite until Saturday, April 10th.
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