State Art Museum Wants Docents

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) is looking for enthusiastic art lovers to be volunteer docent guides. The four-month training session begins in early October, 2015 and ends in February, 2016. Docents will learn to give informative and interactive tours focusing on the works of art on display in HiSAM exhibitions. Each artwork belongs to the Art in Public Places Collection, a part of the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The collection includes pieces from Hawai`i’s many fine artists, and is primarily focused on modern and contemporary art (1960 to the present).
For more information, please call 586-9959 or email You can download an application form at
The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is located at 250 South Hotel Street in downtown Honolulu. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information contact: Susan Hogan, HiSAM Educator
Phone: (808) 586-9958, Email:

Big Island Craftsman Exhibition Seeks Local Artists and Artisans

Big Island Artists are invited to participate in The Hawaii Craftsman 48th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition on  Oct 27-Nov. 20 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Emerging and established artists residing in the state of Hawaii are welcome to enter traditional or non-traditional crafts with a fresh approach or point of view. The exhibition is open to functional and non-functional 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional art in categories of clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone and mixed media. Juror selected cash awards presented at the Honolulu opening reception Oct. 27, 2015.

September 15 is the closing date for on-line entry registration. No mail-in or intake/jurying day entries accepted. All artists are required to enter online through All Big Island entries will be physically viewed by the juror, Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator Emerita of the Museum of Art and Design in New York, for jurying on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Hilo’s Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art (EHCC) with intake from 10 to noon; Jurying from noon to 2 p.m. and a  Juror’s Lecture from 2:00  to 2:45 p.m. Artwork pickup will be from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Location: 141 Kalakaua St. in Hilo, Theater Room Upstairs. Selected Big Island entries are then shipped to Oahu by the artist with delivery no later than Oct. 23. See for complete prospectus. If you need assistance with online entry, please feel free to contact Big Island Co-Chairs: Patti Pease Johnson,, (808) 966-8861 or Evan Jenkins,, (808) 640-0283.

Ching Foundation Sponsors “Inspired in Hawaii” Contest for Students

The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation has announced its
Sixth Annual “Inspired in Hawaii” Essay, Poster and Video Contest
The contest encourages Hawaii’s students to “dream big and make Hawaii a better place.” This year’s contest, which is open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 who are current residents of the state of
Hawaii,  offers $10,000 in cash awards for winning students and their teachers.

Poster and Essay Division Awards:
First Place: $125 student, $50 teacher
Second Place: $100 student, $50 teacher
Third Place: $50 student, $50 teacher
Video Division Awards*:
First Place: $300 team, $100 teacher
Second Place: $250 team, $100 teacher
Third Place $200 team, $100 teacher
Fourth Place $150 team, $100 teacher
Fifth Place: $100 team, $100 teacher

Students may enter only one division.
Essay Division: Grades 6-12, individual
Poster Division: Grades K-12, individual
Video Division: Grades 7-12, individual or team entries

Each entry must identify an existing problem in Hawaii and offer a thoughtful solution to the problem. Go to the Web site for rules, entry forms, prizes, judging criteria and information on Clarence T.C. Ching. You can also see last year’s winning entries there.
Entries must be received no later than 4:00 p. m. on Friday, November 6, 2015. Mail or deliver entries to:

ATTN: Inspired in Hawaii Contest, The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 770, Honolulu, HI 96813

If there’s a question that isn’t answered at the Web site, contestants can email contest coordinator

Award winners will be contacted through their schools and invited to an awards program in February 2016.

Ukes as Art at Wailoa Center

The Big Island Ukulele Guild’s annual exhibit will open Friday October 2 at Wailoa Center in Hilo at 5 p.m. The formal opening will feature live music, pupus, and a drawing for a free ukulele and will close at 8 p.m. This exhibit, which featured over 50 handmade instruments last year, will also feature other invitational pieces from Woodworkers across the Island, including furniture, sculpture, and turned bowls. Show is open Mon. -Fri. from 9am – 4:30pm. The exhibit was hailed as the best-attended show of 2013.

The public is invited to join in the fun for the formal opening, or to come see the show throughout the month, vote for their favorite ukulele for the People’s Choice Award, and join in ukulele kanikapila (jam sessions) on Saturdays October 3rd with Alan Hale, and 17th with Keoki Kahomoku, from 12 until 3 p.m. On Saturday October 10th, members of the Ukulele Guild will lead demonstrations for the public. The exhibit will close October 29th.

The Big Island Ukulele Guild was started in 2001, and is comprised of about 50 members. The primary focus of the Guild is to promote ukulele making by sharing information between builders. Many of the members build as a hobby, while about ten percent build professionally. Any interested person can become a guild member. Members meet four times a year at varying locations across the island to share food, kanikapila, and most importantly, a central presentation on some aspect of ukulele building.

For more information about the Ukulele Guild or upcoming exhibit, contact coordinator  Dave Stokes (808) 989-8890 or visit The Guild website

For more information about the Wailoa Art Center, contact (808) 933-0416.

Shoe Made from Fishing Debris Kicks Off “Parley for the Ocean” Talks

recycled-fish-net-ocean-trash-sneakers-adidas-4The UN-affiliated environmental organization Parley for the Ocean has teamed up with Adidas Shoe to create a prototype running shoe that it claims is made from recycled plastic ocean debris. The shoe, made from materials collected off the coast of West Africa by a Sea Shepherd expedition to shadow illegal trawling activity there, features a surface made from blue plastic monofilament used in fishing lines and netting worldwide. It made its public debut at the New York kickoff party for the UN-sponsored Parley for the Ocean talks, which bring together public and private sector participants in an effort to turn around the rapid decline of the world’s oceans.

“2048 seems to be the overall accepted deadline [according to scientists] for the collapse of all commercial fisheries, and already by 2025 all the coral reef ecosystems in the world will be gone. Leading environmentalists already see the end of most sea life happening in 6–16 years,” notes the Parley for the Oceans Web site. “Diminishment of biodiversity in our ocean is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity. With diminishment of species in our oceans comes diminishment of the quality of life for humanity. What are the causes of this continuing mass extinction and imminent threat to our collective survival?”

The site notes several major factors in the oceans’ decline, including commercial overfishing, climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution with plastic and chemicals. Plastics have become a major problem; they make up a large part of the Texas-sized “garbage patch” of floating debris that has formed in the Pacific between California and Hawaii, for instance, and local groups annually haul tons of it from remote Kamilo beach on the Big Island, where it has actually begun to form plastic sand.

“Artists, musicians, actors, directors, fashion designers, journalists, architects, product inventors, and scientists have the tools to mold the reality we live in and to develop alternative business models and ecologically sensible products to give us earthlings an alternative choice, an everyday option to change something,” it notes. “To succeed, we need to find ways to synchronize the economic system of mankind with the ecosystem of nature. And make environmental protection fiscally lucrative for pacesetting major companies. Parley has been created to accelerate a process of change that is already in progress.”

The new shoe, whose innovative design even got spread in the avante-garde art site thisiscollosalcom, is just one small example of what can be don toward that “synchronization.” A company called GStar RAW, in collaboration with musician Pharrell Williams, already produces a line of “denim” clothing made from fibers extracted from marine debris. Parley for the Ocean founder Cyrill Gutsch told the Web site, “Realistically we will retrieve around 10,000 tons of plastic this year from shorelines and by retrieving discarded fishing nets, which we do in collaboration with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.” also reported that Parley, working Sea Shepherd, has “already started collecting plastic in China, Australia, Hawaii, and the East and West Coasts of the United States. Collection will begin soon in Brazil, Mexico, the Maldives, Greece, France, and the United Kingdom.”

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Belly Dancers to Descend on Honolulu

The 2015 Hawai‘i Belly Dance Convention will bring performers and teachers from near and far to Honolulu to share the beauty and drama of Middle Eastern dance October 8-12.
“This year will be the best yet, bringing some of the best belly dancers in the world to Honolulu to share their knowledge and passion with dancers and dance lovers alike,” said convention founder Malia Delapenia. “We hope you’ll join us this October.”
Featured visiting performers and instructors include Moria Chappell, a tribal fusion belly dancer from Washington DC; Shahrzad, an Oriental belly dancer from Virginia, and belly dance royalty Princess Farhana from Los Angeles as well as Andrea Aranda from San Francisco and Draconis from Texas.
Festivities start on October 8 with the no-host HBDC Welcome Gathering from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the beachside Hau Tree Bar at Waikiki’s Hilton Hawaiian Village (2005 Kalia Road).
The dancing kicks off with the Shimmy Showcase Gala on Friday, October 9 at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre (900 S. Beretania Street). The Shimmy Showcase is an opportunity for convention participants to see their teachers in action, and for everyone to appreciate the art of Middle Eastern dance. The two shows will be preceded by a no-host reception with special preview performances. “Essence” the 6 p.m. show, will be a family-friendly show that traces the once traditional movements of belly dance to its contemporary existence. “The Reveal” will continue the modern exploration with more edgy, sensual, fusion performances for an audience 18 years and older at 8 p.m.
The Shimmy with Aloha Workshops, now in their eighth year, will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Center on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. The workshops will cover topics ranging from Folkloric Dance (Shaabi, Egyptian Saidi, and Lebanese Dabke) to tribal and modern fusion belly dance techniques. The teachers bring decades of experience to each workshop, and offerings will be available for belly dancers at all levels of experience. 
Individual workshops are $35-$70. New for 2015, a free Beginners of Belly Dance class will be taught on Sunday from 12:30-1:15 p.m. All ages and levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to share in the love of the art.
Just outside the Shimmy with Aloha Workshops at the Neal Blaisdell Center, a marketplace will be set up with belly dance costumes, dance wear, and other Middle Eastern artisans from around the world. Many of these products are not available locally most of the year. The Middle Eastern marketplace will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 10 and 11.
Following the Sunday workshops, an official HBDC VIP After Party will be held at Bar 35 in Chinatown (35 North Hotel St.) from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. The after party will feature belly dance and burlesque performances by Lorien Archambeault from California, Nizana from Florida, Vila Donovan, and many more surprises. 
The final day of this year’s HBDC, Monday, October 12 will begin with a half day of outdoor adventures with friends old and new. Participants can learn to surf, paddle board, take a ride on a canoe, or just kick back under an umbrella. Waikiki Beach Services is offering a discount for HBDC participants from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Book your activities on
The closing event is new for this year: Reflection is an intimate night of performances and commentary, an opportunity for professional feedback from HBDC’s visiting instructors. From 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Ong King Art Center in Chinatown (184 N King St.), dancers can participate in a question and answer session with the visiting instructors and get feedback on their own performances. This years panel will include Shahrzad Raqs, Moria Chappell, Princess Farhana, and Marshal Bodiker. This forum is open to the public. Dancers wishing to perform must apply. Forms are available on

Also new for this year, attendees can save over $100 and gain admission to all HBDC events with the All Access Pass. The $415 pass includes VIP access to the Shimmy Showcase Gala, Shimmy with Aloha Workshops, HBDC VIP After Party, and Reflection.
For more information, to purchase tickets for the Shimmy Showcase, or to register for workshops or other convention events, visit or call (808) 234-1006.

Three Local Native Hawaiian Artists Receive Fellowships

The national Native Arts and Cultures Foundation(NACF) has awarded fellowships to three Big Island Kanaka Maoli artists.  Robi Kahakalau and Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole have won awards for music. Bernice Akamine, who is from O‘ahu but now lives on Hawai‘i, Island, received an award for visual arts.
The fellowships recognize native artists whose works to date exemplify great strength and creativity in the fields of visual arts, dance, music, and traditional arts. Over 150 artists applied for the fellowships in the state this year; 12 fellowships were awarded.

“NACF is proud to be honoring twelve talented k?naka maoli. The rigor and commitment reflected in their body of work–and in all the work we reviewed–made me wish we could have given awards to every one of the applicants,” said Lulani Arquette who is Native Hawaiian and the President/CEO of NACF.

Kahakalau, a N? H?k? Hanohano award-winning singer and musician, will use her fellowship to compose a collection of music and an accompanying curriculum to teach Native Hawaiian pre-school age children language and heritage through music. This “Music Energizes Language Education” (MELE) collection will include a teaching module for 20 Native Hawaiian language songs focused on specific topics.

Janaka‘ole, an openly transgender recording artist and kumu hula, grounded in the traditions of hula and ha‘a, composes mele oli, and choreographs performances for H?lau O Kekuhi. Her fellowship will allow the N? H?k? Hanohano award winning performer to create a series of hula and ha‘a presentations based on the rituals of the goddess Pele tradition from the Malaeha’aho’a text. She will choreograph, collaborate, and compose new chant verses and stage presentations with her family that will be ready to tour in 2016.

Akamine is known for the abstract glass sculptures and vessels she creates with smooth flowing lines, often covered with a form-fitted skin of texture and color. She will use her fellowship to complete Kalo, a traveling installation of 79 plants made of stone and newsprint to be exhibited in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani of Hawai’i. A kumu in the methods of creating and using waiho‘olu‘u, or natural plant dyes, and beaten-bark kapa cloth, the artist will create newsprint petals on each plant featuring handwritten renditions of each island’s Native boundaries or ahupua‘a on one side, with copies of the hundreds of signed petitions against the U.S. annexation of Hawaii on the other. After exhibiting in Hawai’i and beyond, the artist will give the plants to the 23 listed Homestead Associations and 10 Native Hawaiian centers in community colleges and universities across the state.

KDEN is Looking for a Few (Actually Quite a Few) Good Actor/Singers

From Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network:

KDEN announces auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 18 & 19 at 6:30 pm, in KMC’s Kilauea Theater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The show will be directed by Suzi Bond, with musical direction by Kait Wilson and choreography by Carmen Richardson. Pedro Ka’awaloa will conduct the orchestra. Jonathan Sudler is designing the set and costume construction will be lead by Helie Rock.

The story of “The King and I” is based on the 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon.English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

KDEN’s summer musical is a family affair with parts available for all ages. Principal parts are available for 3 women, 2 men, and 2 boys. There are featured roles for 2 men and a singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Royal Dancers, Wives, Children, Priests and Amazons. Auditoneers should be prepared to sing with accompaniment and dance some. Dress comfortably to be able to move freely on the stage. There will be some line readings for those interested in the lead roles.
For more information, please contact KDEN at 982-7344 or email us at The show will run July 10 – 26, 2015, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Please join us for a summer of fun

Artist Opportunity: First Ever Artist in Residence Sought for Gettysburg National Historical Park

For the first time in its history, the Gettysburg National Historical Military Park is seeking an Artist in Residence to spend at least a month this summer living and working in the park.  But they apparently have had trouble getting the word out: the deadline to apply has been extended to April  15, 2013.Those interested can apply at!apply-/c1as3
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First Friday Art Reception: Linda Kane Goes “Between Worlds”

From Alice Moon for The Makery:

The Makery in Hilo is pleased to welcome guest artist Linda Kane to the Gallery & Gift Shop with an opening reception during downtown Hilo’s First Friday, March 6 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. The show “Between Worlds” spans 25 years of Linda Kane’s work and will remain in the gallery through March 27. Her works include pre-photoshop manipulated photographs, dioramas in tribute to her favorite artists, and mixed media driftwood sculptures of goddesses and other spirit figures.

The title “Between Worlds” was chosen because art is an intermediary between the human imagination and reality, and this show in particular focuses on the space between: between this world and the next, between nature and humankind, between the east and the west, between the flesh and the spirit, between the familiar and the mysterious. Kane’s intention is to take the viewers to places they have never been, or places they may have forgotten.

Linda Kane’s photography has been in a number of shows in Hawaii and was widely shown in Northern California before her move to the Hilo area in 2004. After coming to Hawaii she expanded her interests to film, and released her feature documentary “Nona Beamer: A Legacy of Aloha” several years ago. She is currently filming a documentary on the Star of the Sea Painted Church in Kalapana and collecting interesting driftwood for more sculptures.


The Makery, located at 126 Keawe Street in downtown Hilo empowers creativity and provides vocational training to the community with access to hand tools, conventional machines, computer aided design (CAD) programs, and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines, supported by expert instructors and mentors. The purpose of The Makery is to empower people who live in Hawaii to create and manufacture products here in Hawaii, using Hawaiian materials and resources. For more information, email or call (808) 933-8571


Auditions Monday, Wednesday for Hilo: Da Musical

The UH Hilo Performing Arts Department announces auditions for Hilo: Da Musical, on Monday and Wednesday, January 19 and 21 promptly at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. on the Performing Arts Center stage.  Rehearsals begin the last week of January and the show will run for one weekend, April 16-19.

The musical was written by UHH drama professor, Jackie Pualani Johnson, for college-age and older actors. Copies of the script can be perused in the back hallway of the Performing Arts Center beginning January 7.

The story centers around H?k? and his sister Leinani, and their best friend, “Choke,” college students who go on a search through Hilo’s famous landmarks and activities. Several characters speak Pidgin English, others speak Hawaiian, and everyone sings.

Secondary leads include Police Sargent K?n?wai, who has a double life as a celebrity; a mysterious character, Wahine ‘Ula’Ula; and two visitors from worlds beyond.  Chorus members will play multiple characters and an ensemble of singing ladies will share musical antics.

No experience is necessary.  Songs will be taught at auditions to test vocal range and style.  It is advised that all wear local-style clothing that allows movement.

Art: Explore Your Inner Alien with “Sensucht”

East Hawai’i Cultural Council and Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary Art will a mesmerizing show titled ‘SEHNSUCHT’, with multi-media artist Devin Mohr, February 6-28.

‘SEHNSUCHT’ is a German word that means, “The inconsolable longing for a non-earthly home one can identify as ones’ own.”  Three years in the making, Mohr’s show explores other-worldy forms, creatures and spaces. Mohr’s invitation to expand beyond rigid views of ones’ s elf is a practice that allows viewers and participants to loosen the tethers of identity and play with new thought forms.The ambient zone of ‘SEHNSUCHT’ will have costumed characters, sculptural lighting and prints from the series.
Devin Mohr has spent twenty years in the business of design for entertainment and floral arts. During that time these skills have been translated into a private exploration of portraiture that he has only recently allowed to surface into public view. These creature-15_02_06-28 SEHNSUCHT POSTERlike characters he has produced have been used as a therapy of sorts, to stave off a disconcerting and pervasive sense of not belonging, of not feeling human. This theme plays out in different aspects of the art, from makeup and costume and set design to lighting sculptures, music and video and film projects.
The prospect of transformation is Devin’s biggest creative motivator, venturing into unfamiliar realms, experimenting with absurdity, glamor and wearable art.
On Thursday, February 5 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.  the museum will host an exclusive preview show of  ‘SEHNSUCHT,’ the first exclusive of its kind on Hawai’i Island. Admission is $25; guests must wear all black attire, with no exceptions and no refunds.