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Hawaiian News: Maoli Arts Month at First Friday

Brook Parker Brook Parker
Noelle Kahuna Noelle Kahuna
Natalie Mahina Jensen Natalie Mahina Jensen

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Native Hawaiian art and artists are being featured at various galleries in downtown Honolulu throughout the month of May. The month-long celebration called Maoli Arts Month or MAMo kicked off last week at First Friday. Amy Kalili has more.

All the native kanaka maoli artists coming out and their different styles and their different talents. It's really neat.

Brook Parker

Artist

Nani ka ʻike i kçia mau hana paheona like ʻole na nâ ʻôiwi.

He ala kûpono wale ʻo MAMo no ka hoʻolaha ʻana aku i ka hana a kçia mau Hawaiʻi nui o ke kalena a ʻike ma kçia ʻano poʻaiapili hôʻikeʻike paheona.

MAMo provides an opportunity for talented and experienced artists to have an actual showing in a gallery setting.

This is my first real showing of my original paintings.

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ʻO kçia koʻu hôʻikeʻike kiʻi pena mua.

Aia ke waiho ʻia nei kâ Brook mau kiʻi pena, e laʻa me kçia kiʻi kaua, ma ka hale hôʻikeʻike paheona hou o MAMo ma ke alanui o Bethel.

Brook's paintings, like this battle scene piece, are on display at the new MAMo Gallery on Bethel Street.

I always wanted to do one of Kukona, King Kukona, a famous king lived about 1260 AD of Kauaʻi. He thwarted a huge invasion against his island but he was a good king.

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Lôʻihi koʻu makemake e pena iâ Kukona, ke aliʻi i kûpale aku i ka naʻi ʻia o Kauaʻi.

Aia ma kahi kokoke nô, ʻo Louis Pohl Gallery, e hôʻikeʻike ʻia ana kâ Noelle Kahanu mau hana.

A few blocks over at Louis Pohl Gallery, Noelle Kahanu's art is on display.

I call this hulu mea Hoʻonani.

There's a kûpeʻe, which I picked on Oʻahu, and I then I just integrate it into cordage and use some hulu or feather. The natural hackle is my favorite.

Noelle Kahanu

Artist

ʻO Hulu Mea Hoʻonani kçia. Ua ʻohi i ke kûpeʻe ma Oʻahu a paʻa ma ke kaula. ʻO ka hulu kaʻu punahele.

ʻOiai hana ʻo Noelle i kçia mau mea paheona ma kona wâ kaʻawale, he waiwai nô ʻo MAMo no ka hoʻolaha i kâna hana.

Noelle, who creates her art in her spare time, appreciates being a part of MAMo.

The opportunity to show doesn't come too often. So it's exciting for me. I'm glad that we have these venues to showcase all of our different Hawaiian artists.

(Noelle)

Mahalo au i kçia pôʻaiapili e hôʻikeʻike ʻia aku ai ka paheona a nâ Hawaiʻi.

I uka iki, ma ARTS at Marks Garage, e waiho ʻia ana nâ ʻano mea paheona like ʻole e like me kçia mau kâhili kau lewa a Natalie Mahina Jensen.

Up the street at ARTS at Marks Garage, a variety of art is on display including these kâhili by Natalie Mahina Jensen.

For me they are spirit catchers and they were made for a loved one who has passed and when they pass their spirit would come to the kahili and when the feathers would move then you would know that they were there.

Natalie Mahina Jensen

Artist

He hôʻailona pili ʻuhane no ka poʻe i hala. Inâ paha hoʻi mai i o kçia mau kâhili, e ʻike ʻia ma ka ke kolili o ka hulu.

Ua lele ʻo Natalie mai Hawaiʻi mokupuni mai no MAMo.

Natalie flew in from Hilo just for MAMo.

I'm proud to be a part of this to perpetuate our culture through our arts.

(Natalie)

He hoʻôla ʻike kuʻuna ma o ka paheona.

ʻO wau no kçia o Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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