Immersive Interactions: Becoming Duke

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Michael Wilson is an exhibit designer at the Bishop Museum, before that he worked in educational technology for museums, makerspaces, and universities in California, New Mexico, and NYC. While working at Hawai‘i’s premier cult place of the Muses, he was tasked with telling the story of Duke Kahanamoku.  The presentation is specifically about the technical difficulty of allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the story of Duke’s longest ride, one of the greatest surf adventures of all time.


On Tahiti, Loss & Father Figures

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Alex Teiti-Gierlach, a junior, and Gearld Canaday IV, a sophomore, are part of a group of students who willingly give up their lunch period once a week to study poetry with their non-teacher, Shareen Murayama, a poet and senior English teacher on campus.

Together, they inspire each other to write about things that are pressing and important as they discover their voices and realize that poetry is alive and relevant to the Millennials.


Historic Photographs That Intrigue and Inspire

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

I’m DeSoto Brown, the Bishop Museum Historian. I’ve worked in Bishop Museum Archives for over 30 years. Over this time I’ve encountered many historic photos which intrigue me. Sometimes these pictures come with identifications and dates and locations, but often they do not. When this information is missing, I’m inspired to research the “who, what, where, when, and how” of them. Tonight, as I present a selection of some of my favorite intriguing photos, I’ll ask some of the questions that might come to mind when looking at them, and then tell you what I’m able to about each image.


Magritte Variations

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Joseph Stanton is an art historian and poet. As a scholar he has written about Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Caspar David Friedrich, Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, and many other artists.  He has published more than 400 poems in journals and anthologies.  He is a Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Last summer he presented “Starting with Art,” a poetry-writing workshop at Poets House in New York City. Last spring he offered a similar “Starting with Art” workshop at the Honolulu Museum School. He plans to offer that that workshop again in the future. Tonight he will be performing his poem “Magritte Variations” from his book Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art.


Masks, money, puppets, and a water buffalo

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Dawn Sueoka is coordinator of the Honolulu Museum of Art School Lending Collection. The Lending Collection contains thousands of historically, culturally, and artistically significant objects that are loaned to educators for use in the classroom. Lending Collection objects range in date 100 BC to the 21st century. They include masks, costumes, tools, toys, currency, musical instruments, and more. They are used by students across the state, from Kaua’i High and Intermediate to Ka‘u High and Pahala Elementary School. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators.


Anatomy of a Discovery

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Dr. Richard Pyle of Bishop Museum uses high-tech diving gear to explore deep coral reefs. He will tell the story behind the discovery of a new species of endemic Hawaiian fish, and its relationship to one of the largest protected areas on Earth.


Animation Inspiration

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

"Our heritage gives life to our spirit." 

Socks, booze, family, landscapes, and lore......inspiration comes from many sources and leads to a wide variety of creative output.  In "Animation Inspiration" from PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol. 30, three artists/animators will share various creative projects and the inspiration for their work.  We also share a sneak peek of animated films and virtual reality projects being shown in the upcoming Cultural Animation Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre.

Matthew Kawika Ortiz is a Hawai‘i-based artist who specializes in storyboards, illustration, graphic design,and printmaking. Mr. Ortiz started out his career interning and creating conceptual art for the Warner Brothers feature film Superman Returns, he also storyboarded for all three E Ho‘omau!, Ola Nā Iwi: Hāloa, and co Art Directed Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan. Matthew is also one half of the art duo Wooden Wave which is known for their illustrations and murals of sustainable treehouses.

Michael Q. Ceballos was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  He has worked in animation industry for over 20 years. Among the many diverse projects he has worked on, there are a few notable highlights. In 2013, Mr. Ceballos formed Twiddle Productions Inc. where he produced and directed Ola Na Iwi: Hāloa and Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan which won Best Short Film at the 2017 Pasifika Film Festival.

Mary Therese Perez Hattori
A native of Guåhan (Guam), she is one of nine children of Paul Mitsuo Hattori and Fermina Leon Guerrero Perez Hattori and resides on O‘ahu with her son and husband.  Dr. Hattori currently serves as Outreach Director for the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UHM and is affiliated with the Doctorate in Professional Education Practice, the Indigenous Politics Program, and the Learning Design & Technology Program at UH.


Pollock, ABEX and the Art of War

@ VOL 30 ON MAY 05, 2017

Sean O'Harrow, newly appointed Director of the Honolulu Museum of Art shares his knowledge on Jackson Pollock, Abstract Expressionism, and the art of war.


Marks of Burden

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Born in Hawai‘i of mixed Tongan, Hawaiian, and Filipino decent, Sua Suluape Toetu‘u Aisea specializes in both machine tattoo and traditional hand tapped tatu. Aisea's passion has always been art currently working at Soul Signature Tattoo, he is also a student here at the Art School, a part-time instructor, and curator of Aloha Suits exhibition.


Through the Lens of an Inky Mess

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Andy Lee’s life is intertwined with the use of sumi ink.  Initially, it was used as a tool for revolt, then as a metacognitive exercise, then as a tool to judge how well he knows someone, but mostly the ink and brush served as a conduit for imagination.
A former illustrator for Image, Marvel and D.C. Comics, DragonballZ magazine, Neopets, and Nike among others, Andy now teaches full time at Kaiser high school and the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
The presentation will reveal Andy’s origins and specify some revelatory experiences while painting.


Ink is Our Link

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Reuben J.D.Y. Chock is from Mānana, Oʻahu, and a graduate of UH Mānoa’s School of Architecture.  He has practiced in Honolulu, Los Angeles, Shenzhen, and Bangkok.  He is currently a partner at WCIT Architecture, a Hawai‘i firm in Kaka‘ako.  Our projects range from community masterplanning, to high-rises, resorts, and commercial, to educational and cultural, to parks and even children’s books.  Our work is born from the genealogy of a project’s place and people, translated into contemporary expressions within our built environment.  Tonite we focus on the importance of ink in our design process, and share a part of a project’s life that is rarely experienced.


Hidden Tattoos

@ VOL 29 ON FEB 17, 2017

Chief Urbanist, author of best seller in Korea “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee" and creator of “showers to the people”, Eliot Bu presents his analysis on the popularization of tattoos in culture today and their hidden meanings to the story society today.