Exhibit: Wā Ma Mua / Wā Ma Hope: Navigating the Future With the Past

Several installations make up this exhibition, which includes a curated collection of contemporary art produced with traditional techniques of kūpuna (ancestors) i ka wā ma mua (of the past). Handcrafted items are presented alongside their contemporary counterparts.

Exhibit: Wā Ma Mua / Wā Ma Hope: Navigating the Future With the Past
Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Honua Movement

 

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On View: April 14 – June 23, 2018 during Gallery Hours, Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 6:30pm

Exhibition Tour with Guest Curator Mina Elison on June 9 from 1:00pm - 1:30pm (Free and open to the public)

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm *No host bar and community potluck. Free and open to the public, please bring a dish to share.

Guest Curator: Mina Elison under the guidance of Gary Eoff, DMAC Cultural Advisor Kumu Keala Ching, and DMAC Artistic Advisor Hiroki Morinoue.

Featured items provided and crafted by Gary Eoff, Cliff Johns, Ed Kaneko, and David Reisland.

Description:

“By rediscovering the traditional practices and skills of our ancestors, we protect the land and ocean resources for our future.” Gary Eoff

In the Hawaiian language, “ka wā ma mua” describes “the time which has gone before” or “the past.” Presented within the context of traditional Hawaiian values in the form of five proverbs, this thoughtful exhibition demonstrates the sustainable practices and beliefs of kūpuna and challenges the viewer’s perception of what the future can be. 

Several installations make up this exhibition, which includes a curated collection of contemporary art produced with traditional techniques of kūpuna (ancestors) i ka wā ma mua (of the past). Handcrafted items, each with a distinct sustainable function and use, are presented alongside their contemporary counterparts. The viewer is invited to then see the “future” through the lens of traditional objects and practices. 

The final installation featuring the story of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Hōnua Worldwide Voyage inspires exhibit visitors to appreciate how we are all connected and challenges us to be more conscious of the effects of our actions on ourselves, others and the earth.

Theme 1:      He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa.

                     The canoe is an island, and the island is a canoe.

Theme 2:     He aliʻi ka ʻāina; he kauwā ke kanaka.

                     The land is a chief; man is the servant.

Theme 3:      E ʻai i kekāhi, e kāpī kekahi.

                     Eat some, salt some.

Theme 4:      I ka nānā no a ‘ike.

                     By observing one learns.

Theme 5:      Ana Nānā Ka Ua

                     The rain is observed or measured.

 

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Event Properties

Event Date 05-21-2018 10:00 am
Event End Date 05-21-2018 6:30 pm
Location
Donkey Mill
78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy Holualoa, Hawaii 96725
Donkey Mill

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