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.

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.

“Laugh Under the Stars” to Help Prevent Bullying

Hilo Public Library Presents the Music of the Himalayas

 From Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii:

On Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 4:45 to  6:15 p.m., Parashuram Bhandari will talk about musical traditions there that are over five thousand years old: both classical raga and folk music (mountain music) of Nepal.  Attendees will see and hear several typical instruments: Indian sarangi, tabla, madal drum, Nepali folk sarangi, and tanpura. The event is free and open to the public.

 Bhandari is a revered and well-lauded master of the sarangi, a strange and ancient form of the violin.  He hails from the former kingdom of Nepal, a country of dramatic beauty with a rich and appealing culture.  His music ranges from the wildly exuberant to hauntingly delicate, presented with the rhythmic power that is his signature.  

Parashuram is the only sarangi player in the world to play both the Indian and Nepali sarangis.  An independent artist, he has published the only textbook on sarangi and is the recipient of national music awards in Nepal.  He has performed in many countries and released two solo CDs among others.  Parashuram is Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii’s Artist-in-Residence, and Founder and Principal Musician of the Naada Brahma Music Academy.  He studied the classical sarangi in Varanasi, India and holds a Masters Degree in Music from Prayag Sangit Samiti.

The classical Indian sarangi, whose name means “hundred colors” is an instrument with a cello-like timbre, bowed on three melody strings, with thirty-six sympathetic strings underneath, giving it a haunting cello-like resonance and bright reverberating echo.  It is known for its emotional intensity and its uncanny similarity to the timbre and inflections of the human voice.

Babette Ackin will accompany on tanpura (a long-neck lute).  She is a devoted student of raga for over ten years, and founder and director of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii.

Bandari and Ackin will also perform in a paid concert at Eastern Health Care, Wailoa Plaza, 399 Hualani St. #19 (downstairs from Miyo’s Restaurant’s former location), as part of Eastern Health Care’s “Sound Healing Saturdays” series.  Admission is $20.  Floor seating; bring a chair if you prefer one.

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Island News: Hurricane Aid for Stricken Artists

 From Craft Emergency Relief Fund and Artists Relief Services (CERF+), via Suzi Bond:
CERF+ would like to make sure that any professional craft artist seriously affected by the [Tropical Storm Iselle] is aware of the emergency relief assistance available from CERF+.

If, as a craft artist, you suffer losses, please contact us when able. If, as an arts organization representative, you know of craft artists in the disaster areas, or plan to correspond with your artist constituents in the near future, please pass this information on. If there are organizations that directly work with artists in your community that you think we should know about, please send us their contact information.

CERF+’s programs include:

Grants up to $4,000;
No-interest loans up to $8,000;
Booth fee waivers at craft shows;
Discounts on materials and equipment from suppliers and manufacturers;
Assistance with business development through referrals to consultants and other low or no-cost resources
For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please visit the Emergency Relief section of our website or contact us at:


PO Box 838

Montpelier, VT 05601

ph: (802) 229-2306

fx: (802) 223-6484

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CERF+ Artists Relief Exchange for All Artists in Need

The CERF+ Artists’ Relief Exchange connects artists’ needs with offers of free assistance. If you are an artist recovering from an emergency, post your needs here! Or, if you have things to donate that an artist may need, post them here!

Studio Protector: Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Information for Artists

The CERF+ Studio Protector website has extensive information and resources designed to help artists and those helping them in the post-disaster cleanup effort, as well as disaster planning resources.

Here are links to the Cleanup, Salvage and Volunteer Management sections of the Web site: CERF+

Island Art — Check Out ‘Invading Consciousness’ At VAC Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani Through Aug. 23

Wayne Keeth art

(Media release) — Continuing through the month of August, be sure to check out Big Island artist Wayne Keeth’s eclectic and enlightening one-man show entitled Invading Consciousness at the Volcano Art Center (VAC) Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani.

Featuring a multimedia assortment of pieces including acrylic paintings, ceramics, functional waiwi furniture and his signature lost wax process orchid jewelry, Keeth’s thought-provoking exhibition focuses on the invasive and non-native species now prolific across the island.

Speaking on the unique orchid jewelry he is most well-known for, Keeth says, “I grow most of the orchids and other exotic flowers in my greenhouse which satisfies my love for growing beautiful plants and flowers as well as allowing me to select the blooms at the peak of their beauty for casting.”

Invading Consciousness is on display until Aug. 23, 2012, Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. For showings outside of gallery hours, please call for an appointment at (808) 967-8222.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

(Submitted by Sarah Ferreira.)

Island Art — A Call To Artists

(Editor’s note: Following is a letter from Ken Charon, of idspace and Art Farm.)
With what happened recently in Aurora, Colorado, as an artist, I feel compelled to make a plea.
We have so little time here in this life on earth. It goes by quickly.  As artists, we can depict and promote peace and non-violence or we can profit from glorifying war and horror.  A lot of Hollywood’s movies, recent Batmans included, seems to profit from glorifying violence and brutality.  To me and most of you artists the choice seems clear, but how can we get society at large to appreciate and encourage positive, uplifting arts.
I invite all of us artists to devote a big chunk of our output to furthering positive causes.  Maybe, during this short time we have on earth, we, as artists of all kinds, painters, musicians, actors and movie-makers and dancers etc. can have a pacifying impact on society.  With our children and grandchildren in mind, why do otherwise?
Join us and reject violence as a means achieve solutions and choose to depict positive and progressive themes in your art, music, games, movies and life;  Peace and Love.

Ken Charon

Hilo News — idspace Grand Opening Is Aug. 3

idspace and Stairway to Art announce the grand-re-opening of idspace at 336 Kamehameha Ave. Suite 202 in Hilo from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3. The alternative gallery form[er]ly located in Kurtistown is above Reuben’s Mexican Restaurant and next to Hilo Farmers Market.  idspace will open with an installation by Kaori Ukaji Lange entitled “Confronting”, which runs through mid-September.

Contact idspace at (808) 966-8943 or Stairway to Art at (808) 935-1858.

Keiki — About ArtUprising Mobile Art Enrichment For Kids

ArtUprising Mobile Art Enrichment For Kids, is a Big Island based
community outreach program focused on exposing kids of all ages to
creativity in art.  Now in it’s third year, ArtUprising, currently
services children across East Hawaii.

ArtUprising was created by Hopper Sheldon, owner of Hopper’s Art, and the
Magic Bus. “Turning trash into treasure” is one of the goals Hopper has in
bringing art to the kids.

ArtUprising currently offers FREE art classes the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of
every month at Village Toy Shop, 235 Waianuenue Ave. in Hilo. Read more

Volcano News — Kimberly Dark To Host ‘Poetry Summer Slam’ Friday

Kimberly Dark

(Media release) — What would you do with three minutes and a microphone? Volcano Art Center invites you to discover the answer for yourself at the Poetry Summer Slam hosted by Kimberly Dark on Friday, June 8.

The last in a series of outrageously popular open mic nights, VAC’s Summer Slam offers a friendly, engaging and often hilarious competition for anyone willing to fearlessly reveal themselves through original spoken word. Audience favorite Kimberly Dark returns as Slam Emcee to host what will undoubtedly become one of VAC’s most unforgettable events.

“We are thrilled to have Kimberly back one more time,” stated David Wallerstein, VAC’s Concerts and Performances Coordinator. Read more

Hawai‘i News — Kohala To Headline Big Island ‘Talk Story’ Film Festival

(Media release) — GRAMMY® award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, with Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido are the celebrated acoustic trio “Kohala,” headlining the Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest” Concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, Monday, May 28, 2012.

A blend of folk, island and jazz, reflecting the beauty of the Big Island’s Kohala region, the talented guitar trio has performed for enthusiastic audiences around the world and produced eight albums.  Brotman’s slack key song “Hapuna Sunset” was included in the acclaimed soundtrack of Oscar nominee “The Descendants.”  He has won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards and his recordings have reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Charles composes, records, and produces from his Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela, Hawaii, and is the President of Palm Records.

“Kohala was with us for the very first Big Island Film Festival,” said Executive Director Leo Sears, “And we’ve been eager to get them back ever since.  Their music is ageless, timeless, and every song tells a story without words.  It’s perfect for this event in this beautiful place.”

Tickets can be purchased on line at Best of the Fest tickets are $40 at the door ($30 kama‘āina) and $35 in advance ($25 kama‘āina), $10 keiki 6-12.  Some chairs will be available and food and beverages for purchase (no coolers please).

Best of the Fest includes:

Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.

KOHALA Concert, 5:30-7 p.m.

Audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2012, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Best of the Fest is also a fundraiser for Hawai’i Island Food Basket.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 24-28, 2012. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai’i County CPEP.

For complete schedule information and tickets, visit or call (808) 883-0394.

(Submitted by Cathey Tarleton.)

Guest Column — Regarding SPACE And The Need For A New Process For Permitting Community Service Groups

Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education image courtesy of the Daily Flow

By Graham Ellis

On March 16th the director of County Planning sent a letter to SPACE  stating that due to complaints regarding the Bellyacres 25th anniversary celebration and the Farmers Market she had suspended the existing Special Permit and ordered SPACE to cease and desist all non agricultural activities. This meant closing down the HAAS Public Charter School,  the SPACE Farmers Market, and all performance arts programs held at SPACE. We were also ordered to attend the May 3rd Windward Planning Commission meeting to answer to the complaints.

The SPACE Board decided to continue our community service activities. We decided not to evict 36 school kids and their team of dedicated teachers, to keep the Farmers Market open to ensure that our community did not suffer from the loss of essential economic and social benefits, and to keep running our HICCUP circus performance arts programs that have served large numbers of children and adults in lower Puna for over 20 years.

The Planning Director sent us another letter on April 5th  (it arrived here on April 8th) correcting her previous order by informing us that activities allowed under our existing permit could continue until May 3rd, but that we had to close down the SPACE Farmers Market.

Our Farmers Market, our public charter school, our performance arts programs and related performances are currently attended and supported by hundreds of community residents. This is pure people driven, rather than permit driven development. This is the people telling the government what services they want in their neighborhoods and providing them for themselves. SPACE has had no financial assistance from the county or state administrations, yet provides more services for more residents than the Pahoa Community Center, which costs taxpayers $11,000 monthly. Read more