HONOLULU Posts

Alison Beste uses light to examine the relationship between artificial and natural constructs.

Artist and photographer Alison Beste’s work explores the boundaries between the built and natural world through the use of light effects on the ocean horizon. In “Shedding Light on Paradise” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 20, Alison speaks about light from cities, vessels, and beacons as powerful metaphors for the ways we interact, manage, and attempt to control our environment.

Once upon a new moon, the sun finds itself slowly getting obstructed.

Physicist at the University of Hawaii Shadia Habbal’s love for the Sun has taken her across the globe, always trying to unveil its our star’s secrets. In “Unveiling the Beauty of the Sun” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 21 she speaks of eclipses, corona, sunspots, plasmoids, and solar wind.

How can Hawaii become the model agricultural society for the world?

Josh Lanthier-Welch gives a great crash-course on the agricultural history of the Hawaiian islands. The islands went from feeding being self-sufficient to entirely reliant on imports.

In "Beyond Eating Local: Using History as a Guide to a New Food Security" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 18, Josh shows us how the Hawaiians can once again utilise their lush volcanic farmland to return themselves to a sustainable, self-sufficient agricultural society.


"If I cut it right, I can get a blue star sapphire with six rays down to the edge."

Brenda Reichel talks about lapidary art, which learned from her grandparents, she is a trained bench jeweler, and current president of GIA, Graduate Gemologists.

In "On the Cutting Edge" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 19, she talks about an importance of cutting stones by hand and shows different tools that are used to cut stones in order to make them look beautiful.

Hauntings by anthropomorphised genitalia are not outside the ordinary in Japanese erotic art.

Stephen Salel is the Robert F. Lange Research Associate for Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, and co-curator of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga. In "Six Minutes of Sex" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 17, he speaks about the Japanese shunga art and history of sexuality in Japan by showing paintings related to sex. 

Pow-wow is a term referring to a gathering, a meeting of some sort. But to artist Jasper Wong, it means so much more.

Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW!WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, and mural projects. In "POW! and WOW!" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 18, Jasper tells the story of POW!WOW!'s inception in Hong Kong, the struggles he had in getting this amazing artist collective event together, the fruits of his yearly labor, and future plans.


Another round of great press coverage for PechaKucha, this time coming by way of The Huffington Post, with a piece that focuses on the PechaKucha Night series in Honolulu, while also touching on the overall global phenomenon that is PechaKucha.

Ideas can be sexy, especially on a warm night in Hawai'i with the winds gently gusting after a soft rain. In the lee of the majestic Honolulu Museum of Art School, an outdoor auditorium had been created with an inflatable screen. Over a hundred thinkers had gathered to ponder new thoughts and images in the PechaKucha way.

Read the full article here.

"I'm interested in the wonder, violence, and bewilderment of modern existence..."

Justin Davies is an educator and artist. He likes to work in a range of media which he uses to integrate historical, scientific and aesthetic perspectives.

In "Snipping the Fabric of Time" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 19, we see his work is also influenced by his love of film and by his studies in biology and history.

How many of you can say you feel comfortable in the skin you're in?

Jo Rowley talks about her various series of sculptures and how it expresses themes of identity, conformity, joy and peeking behind the curtain in reference to society. In "Thin/Second/Onion/Fish" from PKN Honolulu Vol. 17 she delves in to alter egos, and how her second self has allowed her to traverse in and out of differing states of being.

We already posted an event review for this month's PechaKucha Night in Honolulu Vol. 7, but organizer Mark Hakoda just sent us a heads-up on this terrific short documentary on the event, put together by Gerard Elmore. Watching the video, you get to meet all of that night's presenters, which you'll find listed on that volume's event page.

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