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Description: Join artists and farmers featured in The ʻĀina Speaks at this festive gathering. The program will begin at 6:00pm and will feature a welcome by Mill Curator, Mina Elison, and the presentation of awards by juror, Boots Lupenui. 

Attendees to this event are highly encouraged to wear their Kona Coffee Cultural Festival pin which can be purchased for $5 at the Mill and at numerous locations throughout Kona.

Light pūpū will be served with a no host bar.

About the Exhibition: Working closely with the ‘āina, they become her–the eyes and ears of the land; Listen to the stories of farmers, carriers of her spirit, who hold fast to her wisdom.

The ʻĀina Speaks is a juried, open call exhibition inviting artists to create portraits of Hawaiʻi Island farmers, ‘āina practitioners and cultivators who work intimately with the land. As one way to actively build community through the sharing of stories, conversations between artist and farmer can reveal some of the wisdom and knowledge learned by these practitioners from working with the ‘āina. This exhibition celebrates these inseparable connections with land as an essential component of building a thriving and healthy community.

This exhibition is held in conjunction with the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Events:

Featured artwork by Adare, Portrait of Wilfred Y. Yamasawa, 2021

This exhibition and programs are made possible by funds from the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival and County of Hawaiʻi Contingency Funds from Holeka Goro Inaba and Rebecca Villegas, and our community of individual donors.

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