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‘ ‘Ewalu’: Wailoa Center exhibition to feature Native Hawaiian artists

  • Courtesy photo Pendant by Beau Jack Key.

  • Courtesy photos

    Painting by Nelson Makua; pendant by Beau Jack Key.

The Wailoa Center, in partnership with the PA‘I Foundation, will showcase the work of Native Hawaiian artists April 2-26 as part of “‘Ewalu,” the eighth annual MAMo gallery exhibit.

For the past eight years, MAMo (Maoli Arts Month) has sponsored a gallery show in Hilo. “‘Ewalu,” or “Eight,” will feature 16 Native Hawaiian artists and cover many different genres and media. There will be artwork of traditional woodcarving, contemporary pieces such as digital photography, and everything in between.

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The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the center, 200 Piopio St. There will be light refreshments, Hawaiian music and a lauhala weaving demonstration by Lina Abe, who also will demonstrate her work from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday during Merrie Monarch week.

In conjunction with “‘Ewalu,” a student art show will be located in the downstairs Fountain Gallery, featuring visual artists from Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.

For more information about “‘Ewalu,” contact Ka‘ohuoka‘ala Seto at kaohu_s@hotmail.com.

Wailoa Center is a Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources. Its circular building is comprised of two galleries that host monthlong art and cultural exhibits which are free and open to the public.

Center hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information about upcoming exhibits, call 933-0416 or visit www.wailoacenter.com.

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The artists

The “‘Ewalu” exhibit at Wailoa Center will showcase 16 Native Hawaiian artist:

• Bernice Akamine

• Ka‘ohu Seto

• Keoki Apokolani Carter

• Kauanoe Chang

• Momi Greene

• James Kunani Kaulukukui

• Lehua Waipa Ah Nee

• Beau Jack Key

• Nelson Makua

• Kainoa Makua

• Jimie Ramos

• Kalei Nu‘uhiwa

• Maile Lu‘uwai

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• Haley Kailiehu

• Pi‘iali‘i Lawson