HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Native Hawaiian visual arts community has been growing in recent years thanks to month long events like Maoli Arts Month. But for the rest of the year, Native Hawaiian artists have had difficulty in securing gallery space, until now. Amy Kalili has more.
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou! Ua alu like nô keia mau mea pâheona Hawaiʻi i paʻa nô hoʻi kahi hôʻikeʻike kûmau.
Native artists have come together to secure a more permanent place.
There's not too many spaces that are willing to show native artwork in their professional spaces or gallery spaces.
A lot of them lean towards the new or contemporary abstract artists but more from a western contemporary sense.
Mea Paheona Hawaiʻi
'Aʻole nui nâ wahi e ʻike ʻia ai ka paheona ʻôiwi. Mea maʻamau ka ʻike ʻia o ka paheona na ko waho.
Mâlama ʻia ka papahana ʻo Maoli Arts Month ma ka mahina o Mei a he ala koʻikoʻi nô ia e laha aku ai kâ mâkau paheona nani maoli nô o ka Hawaiʻi.
Maoli Arts month, held in May, has started to change that by showcasing amazing native art of all forms.
Maoli Arts Month needs to become Maoli Arts movement.
Pono e lilo ka mahina ʻo MAMo he aukahi MAMo.
A he mea ka hoʻopaʻa hou ʻia aku o kçia hale hôʻikeʻike e kahukahu ʻia ai ke ahi o au ia aukahi.
And securing this venue is a step in revving up that movement.
A lot of people come in and they want to know, what's this new style, what is this, this is Hawaiian? I think this provides that venue for people to have that exposure to our culture as of today.
Artist and Educator
Hoihoi ka poʻe i ka ʻike i kçia mau mea ʻokoʻa, he kuʻu Hawaiʻi o kçia au
The Mamo art gallery here in Honolulu is really the only contemporary Native Hawaiian gallery, I think it would be safe to say in the world.
Contemporary Native Hawaiian Artist
ʻO kçia nô ka hale hôʻikeʻike paheona Hawaiʻi hoʻokahi ma ka honua a puni.
Ua puka aku nei ʻo Kupihea mai ke kulanui me kâna kçkelç laeoʻo ma ka paheona a ʻimi ana ʻo ia i ka hoʻomau ma ke ʻano he ʻoihana nâna.
Kupihea recently completed his Master's in Fine Arts and is embarking on his career.
So now it is up to me as an artist to try to figure out the whole business side of things, but having a place like this, really makes things easier and a lot more pleasant for up and coming artist.
This is a really, really awesome really maika'i thing.
Pono au e nânâ i ka ʻaoʻao pâʻoihana i kçia manawa a he kôkua kçia wahi. He maikaʻi loa!
ʻIke leʻa ʻo Carol me Solomon no kçia kiʻina hana me ka nui hoʻoikaika e pono ai ka puka ʻana.
Carol and Solomon unerstand this process and the hard work it takes.
You know we always say it is a kâkou thing and it is, we are fortunate that we are in a place to help others come through.
Pono kâkou e ʻimi like a ua hauʻoli i ka hiki ke kôkua aku i nâ pôkiʻi.
It is our contribution to the contemporary Native Hawaiian art community
Penei mâua e hoʻihoʻi ai.
E naue aku nô i ka hale hôʻikeʻike ma ke alanui o Bethel, nânâ, kûʻai, a kâkoʻo i ka paheona Hawaiʻi!
Check out the gallery on Bethel Street, buy some great art and support native artists!
ʻO au nô kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma HawaiʻiNewsNow. Aloha.