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The Ocean Our Ink

BY MARY HATTORI
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Lee Kava is a hafekasi poet and musician of Tongan descent, currently pursuing her PhD in English at UH Mānoa. She is the founder of the Pacific Verse, a music and poetry-writing workshop series that works with participants to create original lyrics and music using indigenous Pacific languages. She dedicates her work to the genealogy of creative expression in Oceania, and hopes to enact social change through Pacific music and poetry.

Fijian/Tongan through her mother’s people, and German/English American via her father’s people, Tagi Qolouvaki is a very mixed, queer, and feminist P.I.  Born and raised in Fiji by a few beautiful men and many powerful women, she is a lover and student of stories.

Dr. Mary Therese Perez (pronounced ‘pair’ - ‘ess’) Hattori is a native of Guåhan (Guam) and serves as Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is also affiliate faculty for the University’s Learning Design and Technology Department, the Professional Educational Practice doctorate and the Indigenous Politics program.  She is one of nine children born to Paul and Fermina Perez Hattori.

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Ink

BY SHERYL SEAMAN
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Sheryl Seaman is an architect, principal and vice chair of G70 with offices in Honolulu and Jakarta where she has worked since 1978.  In addition to architectural projects, she oversees the interior design department.  Sheryl’s focus is on creating environments that improve the well being of the people who live work or play in the facilities she designs. Recent projects include the Kroc Center in Kapolei and the new home for PBS Hawaii on the corner of Nimitz and Sand Island Access Road. She also owns a company called Studio Haku that makes furniture and architectural elements in Asia.

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Art History at HoMA School

BY GARY LIU
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Gary Liu is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History at UH Manoa, and an instructor of art history at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

You all know about the wide array of expressive art practices taught in the studios at HoMA School, but perhaps it comes as news that the school has also been recently expanding its world of art history offerings too, something a class at an art museum is uniquely equipped to do. Using the example of Chinese ink paintings recently discussed in such classes, this presentation offers a glimpse into the insight gained through HoMA School’s art history lectures, discussions, gallery and vault visits, and film screenings.

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Carving Clarity

BY STEVEN KEAN
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

A Pennsylvania native residing on the North Shore of O‘ahu since 2008, Steven Kean is an artist working primarily in the woodcut method of relief printmaking.  His work is driven by a passion for the process and a love affair with the ocean.

Kean holds a B.S. in Art Education from Temple University and is a current member of the Honolulu Printmakers.  He teaches art to 4th and 5th grade students at Mililani Mauka and Sunset Beach Elementary Schools, and in the Museums outreach program.

In 2016 he was chosen as the featured artist of the Haleiwa Arts Festival and this year he is the official artist for the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach

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Ke aka o ka pō

BY KEONE NUNES
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Sulu‘ape Keone Nunes studied under several Hawaiian kūpuna and with the legendary Su‘a Sulu‘ape Paulo. He has be doing Uhi (Hawaiian tattoo) and founded Pāuhi in 1990 and started tapping under the tutelage of Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo in 1996.  He is a product of the Wai’anae coast and continues to live and work there. Sulu‘ape Keone also is the founder of Ka‘ānani‘au LLC that helps non-profit organizations gain federal funding.

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Leather Designs

BY REISE KOCHI
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 11, 2016

Reise Kochi is from the island of O‘ahu and creates leather body pieces. He graduated from HCC’s fashion technology program in 2010. Since then, he has been Assistant Designer for Ari South and has acted as stylist for multiple magazines, commercials, and fashion shows. He started designing body pieces since May 2015, but he has been working with leather since 2012. His first pieces were a limited run of leather handbags. He is currently working on body harnesses (for women and men) pet accessories, and a handbag collection. He is always eager to create new pieces and to collaborate with other creatives to create fun and experimental photo shoots.

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Designer in Progress

BY JOI SONG
IN HONOLULU

Joi Song recently graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York with a degree in interior design. She was born and raised in Korea until her family immigrated to New Jersey to expose her to new perspectives and opportunities. She had lived in the Bay area for 1 year to work as a design coordinator for new construction of a corporate environment.

She moved to Hawaii in June 2016 and joined Group 70 as an interior designer.

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Lei Making

BY BRIAN CHOY
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 11, 2016

Brian Choy is a student of the late Irmalee and Walter Pomroy. He met them in the late 1970’s and took every opportunity to watch them make lei. Brian and his family had a quick wili lei making session from Joyce Davis as part of Beatrice Krauss’s Ethnobotany of Hawaii class at Lyon Arboretum in the mid-1970’s. Brian first entered the City and County of Honolulu May Day Lei Competition in 1976 with his brother Reyn. Brian, family and friends entered the Lei Competition for the next three decades. During the many years of making lei, Brian learned how to make lei using the different Hawaiian lei making methods - kui, hili, kipuu, haku, wili, and humapapa.

Brian teaches lei making at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

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It's Gonna Be OK

BY LILA LEE
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 11, 2016

Lila Lee approaches photography as a documentation of life. With a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she does commission work as well as personal projects with the same approach. Her work shows the honest moments in life & her attraction to the rough imperfect things in it that make it beautiful.

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Photography + Fashion

BY MICHELLE CHEN
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 11, 2016

Wearable artists of different style techniques, materials, and backgrounds gather tonight to showcase their designs in this fashion show. Performance, music, and slide photos is an assembled package of Michelle Chen’s digital production, and performance is executed by Stephanie Kaji. Please enjoy the collaboration of visual art, music, dance, and fashion.

Music credit to Melanie Martinez "Mrs. Potato Head"

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KOJO Couture

BY KOA JOHNSON
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 11, 2016

Koa Johnson is perhaps best known for his line of bridal and formal gowns made under the brand bearing an abbreviation of his name, Kojo Couture. Each of Johnson’s collections includes one dress created with unconventional materials and references Hawaiian history or material culture, interpreted through the lens of avant-garde fashion. Koa goes back and forth between his Maui home and Oahu, his home away from home. You can find his collections online at kojocoutour.com and on instagram at kojocouture.

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Hanging Out in Style

BY JORDAN SHAMIR
@ VOL 28 ON NOV 11, 2016

Jordan Shamir is the owner and instructor at The Hang Out Antigravity Fitness in Kaka‘ako. He has been sharing his passion for AntiGravity’s techniques for the past 4 years with thousands of people. The styles of AntiGravity Fitness are as varied as the clients that come to experience it. “Open up, be free and experience AntiGravity.”

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