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Hawaiian News: Maoli Arts Month Celebration

Vicky Holt-Takamine Vicky Holt-Takamine
Maile Meyer Maile Meyer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The month of May brings the fifth annual MAMo or Maoli Arts Month Celebration that features the native talent and artwork. MAMo has become a much anticipated festival for the community and Amy Kalili has more.

Aloha mai e ko Hawaiʻi. Ua hôʻea hou aku nô ʻo MAMo i kekahi pae o ka ʻoi kelakela i kçia makahiki ma ka paʻa aku nei o kâ lâkou hale hôʻikeʻike ponoʻî iho nô.

MAMo organizers are taking the festival to another level with their own gallery.

Maoli Arts Month has now turned in to the Maoli Arts Movement.

(Vicky)

Ua lilo kçia mahina no ka paheona ʻôiwi he aukahi paheona ʻôiwi.

ʻO ka paʻa o kçia wahi e hôʻikeʻike ʻia ai ka hana noʻeau a nâ Hawaiʻi he pahuhopu o MAMo mai kinohi mai.

Having space dedicated solely to native art is what MAMo has been waiting for.

This is the fifth anniversary of MAMo, Maoli Arts Month, and it's an annual celebration of maoli art and artists.

Vicky Holt-Takamine

Founder, PAʻI Foundation

ʻO ka lima kçia o ka hoʻolauleʻa paheona maoli.

Ma mua, hôʻikeʻike ʻia ka paheona maoli ma nâ hale hôʻikeʻike o haʻi e laʻa me Mark's Garage me Lois Pohl.

Native art has been displayed in space within other galleries in the past.

This year for the first time we're going to get a gallery space that we will be able to curate ourselves...that we will be able to run ourselves.

(Vicky)

I kçia makahiki, loaʻa ko mâkou wahi ponoʻî, na mâkou hoʻi e mâlama aku.

ʻOiai ʻaʻole paʻa i kçia manawa ʻânô, me ke kôkua o ʻÎmai Kalâhele, nâna kçia hale hôʻikeʻike e mâlama, e piha pono ana nô i ka paheona ʻôiwi.

It's not quite there yet but, with the help of curator ʻÎmai Kalâhele and others, artwork will fill the new MAMo Gallery.

It'll have a maoli aesthetic. We are different in how we take care and our dialogue with each other and our art is no different than we as people.

Maile Meyer

Owner, Native Books Nâ Mea Hawaiʻi

ʻOkoʻa ke ʻano o ko mâkou mâlama ʻana a pçia pû ana me ka paheona.

He mea nui kçia no nâ mea hoʻolaukaʻi iâ MAMo a he nûhou maikaʻi loa no nâ mea paheona Hawaiʻi.

This is a big step for organizers and great news for native Hawaiian artists.

It's vital, it's the next step because if you are making your art and you can derive some of the resources you need to live in Hawaiʻi today, you can stop doing your other job.

(maile)

Inâ hiki ke ʻimi i ka loaʻa ma o ka paheona, hiki ke hoʻokuʻu i nâ hana ʻç aʻe inâ makemake.

Ua kôkua nui ʻo Maile ma ka paʻa o ka hale hôʻikeʻike paheona kahiko na Kim Taylor Reece ma 1142 Bethel ma Honolulu kaona no ʻelua mahina.

Maile helped secure this old Kim Taylor Reece Gallery at 1142 Bethel Street in Chinatown for about two months.

It's going to be built on it working and it's not just the selling. It's the community of artists, it's the practice, it's the exchange of art and relationships. So we don't really know what it's going to be and how long. We're going to just do it in real time, and we're here today.

(maile)

E luʻu ana ʻânô i ka hana me ke kia i ka paʻa pono ma o nâ pilina mea paheona, ʻaʻole i ka ʻimi kâlâ wale nô. Pehea lâ ko kçia mua aku? Akâ he manaʻolana nô.

He kono lehulehu nô kçia no ka hoʻolaʻa e mâlama ʻia ana i kçia P5 ma ka hola 5 o ke ahiahi. Ke aloha.

And the community is invited to the gallery blessing at 5:00 p.m. this Friday.

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