Native Hawaiian Art Exhibition for First Friday

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A native collective is featured at The ARTS at Marks Garage during First Friday celebrations, kicking off Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) activities. Organized by Bishop Museum, "indigen(us)" features contemporary art by native Hawaiian artists.

According to exhibition coordinator Noelle Kahanu, "This exhibit explores what connects us as Native Hawaiian artists, be it to our ancestors, our environment, or our community." The exhibition is featured art opening during First Friday activities from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Chinatown Arts District on May 4, 2007. The popular arts event attracts thousands with gallery openings, entertainment, and street vendors with food, drink, crafts, and other products and services to buy. Area restaurants and most shops are also open.

Coordinated by Bishop Museum and hosted by Arts at Marks Garage, the exhibition remains on display through May 26. Related events at the May 4 First Friday opening include poetry and prose readings led by Imaikalani Kalahele from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be demonstrations on Saturday, May 12, as part of the Native Hawaiian Street Festival, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and a Third Thursday Artists' Walk-Through on May 17 from 7 to 8 p.m. for this exhibition at the Arts at Marks Garage.

Participating artists include Bernice Akamine, Kawai Aona-Ueoka, Alani Apio, Sol Apio, Meala Bishop, Kauanoe Chang, Bob Frietas, Imaikalani Kalahele, Mahi La Pierre, Lufi Lutero, Ipo Nihipali, Joseph Hauoli Dowson, Sr., Natalie Mahina Jensen-OOmittuk, Jo-Anne Kahanamoku-Sterling, and Kunana Wooten.

Other MAMo events include a contemporary art exhibition at Bishop Museum, MAMo Awards 2007: Celebrating our Masters, May 4, 2006 through August 26, 2007; A Second Saturday Native Hawaiian Street Fair with demonstrations in the Chinatown Arts District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12; A Keiki Arts Fest at HawaiŒi State Art Museum on Saturday, May 12 from 10 4 p.m.; a Wearable Art Show on Saturday May 13 at HawaiŒi State Art Museum; and the 2nd Annual Native Hawaiian Arts Market and Festival at Bishop Museum on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.