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    Exhibition co-organizer Maile Meyer introduces artists at the opening of 'Contact.'

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    Chris Ritson.

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    Jordan Souza. 'Preservation,' 2014. Carrot ki‘i in formaldehyde.

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    Kawai Elia

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April 10, 2014 - April 20, 2014
Honolulu Museum of Art School

Exhibition Overview

A contemporary art exhibition and community programming that explores the notion of contact as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people, and their experiences. Contemporary artists of all ethnicities and ages delve into a variety of contact-inspired messaging. Accompanying the exhibition is a program of talks and film that encourages audiences to "make contact" with other opinions and perspectives.

Jurors: Lawrence Seward and Jon Staub

Sponsored by the Maoli Arts Alliance (MA‘A), an initiative of the Pu‘uhonua Society, with assistance from ii gallery, Na Mea Hawai‘i, and the PROP Foundation.

Information: Maile Meyer,; Marla Musick,



All programs are free (except the screening of The Haumana). No reservations required. Seating is first-come, first served.
The Speaker Series takes inspiration from the book The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, a collection of essays and poetry that chart out for Hawai‘i alternative futures that are grounded in community work and ongoing research. The book offers wisdom, passion, and personal stories from innovators in fields ranging from farming to video production.

• April 11-20, 11:30am-1:30pm: Daily Artist Talk in the gallery

• April 11, 6:30-8pm: Jamaica Osorio | Value of Hawaii: Gender in the arts | Front lawn
This dialogue focuses on how stories define our gender identities, and on the creative ways we can recover or rewrite stories about gender. In particular, the dialogue explores how Hawaiian culture today is gendered and considers the value of moʻolelo in helping us to rethink oppressive gender systems.

• April 14, 7-10pm: Screening of The Haumana, followed by kumu hula discussion | Doris Duke Theatre

• April 15, 6:30-8pm: Cade Watanabe | Value of Hawaii: Why we need labor organizing and art today | Front lawn

• April 16, 6:30-8pm: Kawika Patterson | Value of Hawaii: Prisons and sanctuaries of healing | Front lawn
Patterson looks at the valuable concept of puʻuhonua—safe and sacred places or people, while raising some of the following questions: How can prisons become places of healing? How will that require changes on the part of the prison system? What changes will be required on the part of communities?

• April 17, 11:30am: Artist Talk | Kazu Kauinana

CANCELLED • April 17, 6:30-8pm: Betty Ickes | Value of Hawaii: Oceanic Connections | Front lawn
Ickes explores Hawaiʻi’s connections and disconnections from other places and peoples in Oceania, and presents ongoing efforts to build relationships between Hawai‘i and other Pacific Island cultures and peoples, while also addressing the linked roles of art and education in these efforts.

• April 18, 11:30am: Artist Talk | Rex Vlcek

• April 18, 6:30-7:30pm: On Being Hawaiian | Open dialogue | Art School Community Room
All are welcome to join this conversation exploring the themes presented in the book On Being Hawaiian by John Dominis Holt. Eighty copies will be available in the exhibition, and 80 are available at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i.

• April 19, 11:30am: Artist Talk | Kupa‘a Hee

• April 19, 3-5pm: Ikaika Hussey, Jonathan Scheuer, Shannon Crivello | Calling Out Contact: Is the Huffington Post Racist? | Art School Community Room
Is aloha dead? F white people? This panel seeks to explore the contentions of racism, identity, and aloha in Hawai‘i's mediascape. Join the timely discussion. How should we engage in media today? Can we make aloha tangible?

• April 20, 11:30am: Artist Talk | Kupihe‘a

• April 20, 4:30-6pm: Meleanna Aluli Meyer | Hei Lei, Hei Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani | Art School Community Room
This 45-minute program celebrates the enduring legacies of Queen Lili‘uokalani with community readings from the Queen’s autobiography Hawaii’s Story, a seven-minute vignette inspired by the Queen, and a singalong of some of the Queen’s music.

• April 21: Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula | Value of Hawaii: Health and inequality | Front lawn