Big Island artists attend gathering of indigenous artists in New Zealand

  • Courtesy photo Back, left to right: Lehua Waipa Ah Nee, Kauanoe Chang. Front, sitting: Beau Jack Key.

Three Hawaii Island Native Hawaiian artists were invited to attend the 9th International Indigenous Artists Gathering 2019 at Turangawaewae Marae, in Ngaruwahia Aotearoa, New Zealand, in November. The gathering was hosted by Te Atinga Contemporary Visual Arts from Nov. 21-30.

Artists Kauanoe Chang; watercolorist, Beau Jack Key; carver and Lehua Waipa Ah Nee; photographer, attended the gathering on behalf of their disciplines, their ancestral connections to indigenous knowledge and practice, and their ability to intertwine their contemporary art form with indigenous acumen.

Each artist exhibited their work at the Puhoro o mua, Puhoro ki tua exhibition at the Waikato Museum in Hamilton, New Zealand.

A total of 120 indigenous artist from across the globe were invited to attend this gathering. Other artists representing Hawaii were Maile Andrade (Kauai), fiber arts and mix media; Sabra Kauka (Kauai), fiber arts; Miki‘ala Souza (Oahu/Kauai), print making; and Marques Hanalei Marzan (Oahu), fiber arts and mixed media.

To view these artists’ work and to learn more about the gathering, visit,, and


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