EHCC exhibition explores tension between modern and traditional

  • Photo courtesy of Andrzej Kramarz Work by Ian Kuali’i: hand cut paper with painted verso portraits (Haunani-Kay and Mililani Trask); and installation Kukulu Kumuhana, and monotype prints by Kala’i Blakemore, Sending and Taking Series.

Difficult questions are at the core of the Kilo I Ka Mo‘o exhibition on view in April and May at the East Hawaii Cultural Center. How can Native Hawaiians reconcile the contradictions between the traditions of their subjugated culture and the contemporary ideals of a monetized society? Is it possible to express one’s native heritage, reclaim lost identity, and at the same time accept new ways?