Bishop Museum will be the site of both the kick-off and the culmination of the second annual Maoli Arts Month (MAMo), a month-long celebration of Native Hawaiian arts, artists, and cultural practitioners. Bishop Museum is also hosting the culminating event, a two-day Native Hawaiian Arts Market and Festival, which will feature the stellar work of dozens of native artists, on May 26 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reduced admission rate of $3 per person for HawaiŒi residents and active/retired Military and their families with identification will be offered. Museum members and children 3 and under are free.
MAMo organizers include Bishop Museum, PAŒI Foundation, Keomailanai Hanapi Foundation, Hale Naua III, Maoli Arts Alliance, as well as other Native Hawaiian artists and organizations, and the City and County of Honolulu, Mayor¹s Office for Culture and the Arts.
According to organizer Noelle Kahanu, the Market is fashioned after the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market, one of the most popular, successful, and longest running Native Indian arts events in America. A wide variety of quality arts and crafts created by Native Hawaiians will be available for sale in addition to Native Hawaiian performing arts and food booths featuring island favorites.
³We hope this festival becomes THE hallmark event in the islands for experiencing and purchasing Native Hawaiian arts,² say Kahanu. ³It is the best place to see the depth and vibrancy of the Native Hawaiian visual arts community and to meet and engage with these artists. Hawaiian art is not about a photographed hula dance‹it is about featherwork, wood carving and sculpture, weaving, ceramics, stonework, painting, and works on paper. It is both contemporary and traditional, founded upon a Hawaiian esthetic that speaks to the present and future as much as the past.²
Among the market artists featured last year were master woodcarver Solomon Apio; fiber artists Maile Andrade; painters Ipo Nihipali, Joe Dowson, KauŒi Chun, Sol Enos, Lufi Luteru, and Meala Bishop; feather artists Auntie Mary Lou Kekeuwa, Paulette Kahalepuna, JoAnne Kahanamoku Sterling, and Audrey Wagner; stonework artists Henry Hopfe and Kunane Wooton; and mixed media artists Imaikalani Kalahele, Bob Frietas, and Puni Kukahiko, and many, many others. Many of these same artists will participate again this year.
Demonstrations, workshops, and performances will take place throughout the day. Those interested in learning more about the Native Hawaiian Arts Market and Festival, should contact Kahanu at (808) 848-4190, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other MAMo events include a Chinatown Arts District First Friday Gallery Opening dedicated to Hawaiian artists on May 4 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.; MAMo Awards 2007: Celebrating our Masters art exhibition at Bishop Museum May 4 through August 26; A Second Saturday Street Fair in the Chinatown Arts District from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12; A Keiki Arts Fest at HawaiŒi State Art Museum on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;day May