Nā Kapa Kuʻina
On View: August 28 – October 9, 2021
I ulu no ka lala i ke kumu.
The branches grow because of the trunk.
‘Olelo No’eau – Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, #1261. Collected, translated and annotated by Mary Kawena Pukui
Featuring contemporary works of kapa artists from across Hawaiʻi, this exhibition celebrates these “branches” and the strong foundations from which their work emerges. With the rich ʻike and layered moʻokūʻauhau shared with them by their kumu, these artists embrace the kuleana presented to them as kapa practitioners, fiber artists and Kanaka ʻŌiwi. It is this kuleana which inspires them to continue learning and sharing through exploration and experimentation—reconnecting them with the hana of their ancestors and further strengthening the foundation for the future.
The art of making “cloth” from fibers connects Hawai’i with many cultures from around Moananuiākea and the world. This art form practiced in Hawaiʻi, ka hana kapa, differentiates itself in many ways, and through the continued resurgence in the practice of kapa making in Hawaiʻi, this exhibition features works which embody the knowledge and stories shared by renowned kapa and fiber artists from across the pae ʻāina.
Opening reception (by appointment)
Saturday, August 28, 2021 1:00 – 4:00 PM
*Registration required – Max 6 people per half hour
Curator Tour: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00pm & 3:30 – 4:30pm *Registration required
Artist Talk with Puakea Forester (ZOOM)
Thursday, September 9, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Nā Kapa Kuʻina Artist Talk Story (ZOOM)
Thursday, September 30, 5:00 – 6:30pm