Honolulu Museum of Art School
April 10 – April 20, 2014
Jurors: Lawrence Seward and Jon Staub

A contemporary art exhibition and community programming that explores the notion of contact as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people, and their experiences. Contemporary artists of all ethnicities and ages delve into a variety of contact-inspired messaging. Accompanying the exhibition is a program of talks and film that encourages audiences to “make contact” with other opinions and perspectives.

Sponsored by the Maoli Arts Alliance (MA‘A), an initiative of the Pu‘uhonua Society, with assistance from ii gallery, Na Mea Hawai‘i, and the PROP Foundation.

CONNECT: Maile Meyer – or Marla Musick,
LINK – for images of exterior installation
LISTEN – to Hawaii Public Radio’s story online

CONTACT Exhibition – Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, Hawaii – all photos in this post by Sally Lundburg


All programs are free (except the screening of The Haumana). No reservations required. Seating is first-come, first served.
The Speaker Series takes inspiration from the book The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, a collection of essays and poetry that chart out for Hawai‘i alternative futures that are grounded in community work and ongoing research. The book offers wisdom, passion, and personal stories from innovators in fields ranging from farming to video production.

April 11-20, 11:30am-1:30pm:

Daily Artist Talk in the gallery

April 11, 6:30-8pm:

Value of Hawaii: Jamaica Osorio |Gender in the arts | Front lawn
This dialogue focuses on how stories define our gender identities, and on the creative ways we can recover or rewrite stories about gender. In particular, the dialogue explores how Hawaiian culture today is gendered and considers the value of moʻolelo in helping us to rethink oppressive gender systems.

April 14, 7-10pm:

Screening of The Haumana, followed by kumu hula discussion | Doris Duke Theatre

April 15, 6:30-8pm:

Cade Watanabe | Value of Hawaii: Why we need labor organizing and art today| Front lawn

April 16, 6:30-8pm:

Kawika Patterson | Value of Hawaii: Prisons and sanctuaries of healing | Front lawn
Patterson looks at the valuable concept of puʻuhonua—safe and sacred places or people, while raising some of the following questions: How can prisons become places of healing? How will that require changes on the part of the prison system? What changes will be required on the part of communities?

April 17, 6:30-8pm:

Betty Ickes | Value of Hawaii: Oceanic Connections | Front lawn
Ickes explores Hawaiʻi’s connections and disconnections from other places and peoples in Oceania, and presents ongoing efforts to build relationships between Hawai‘i and other Pacific Island cultures and peoples, while also addressing the linked roles of art and education in these efforts.

April 18, 6:30-7:30pm:

On Being Hawaiian | Open dialogue | Art School Community Room
All are welcome to join this conversation exploring the themes presented in the book On Being Hawaiian by John Dominis Holt. Eighty copies will be available in the exhibition, and 80 are available at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i.

April 19, 3-5pm:

Ikaika Hussey, Jonathan Scheuer, Shannon Crivello | Calling Out Contact: Is the Huffington Post Racist? | Art School Community Room
Is aloha dead? F white people? This panel seeks to explore the contentions of racism, identity, and aloha in Hawai‘i’s mediascape. Join the timely discussion. How should we engage in media today? Can we make aloha tangible?

April 20, 4:30-6pm:

Meleanna Aluli Meyer | Hei Lei, Hei Aloha: This is a Lei of Love, The Legacies of Queen Lili`uokalani | Art School Community Room
This 45-minute program celebrates the enduring legacies of Queen Lili‘uokalani with community readings from the Queen’s autobiography Hawaii’s Story, a seven-minute vignette inspired by the Queen, and a singalong of some of the Queen’s music.

April 21:

Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula | Value of Hawaii: Health and inequality | Front lawn


Talk Story, ambrotype and digital print, 2012 - Brandon Ng
Talk Story, ambrotype and digital print, 2012 – Brandon Ng
“God of Money” – bronze, edition 1 of 3, 2014 – Drew Broderick / “Preservation” carrots and sweet potato in vinegar, 2014 – Jordan Souza
“Sometimes it came by road, other times it came by sea” – silicone, plastic, resin, 2008- Scott Yoell
“Capt-ivity”- woven reed, paint, 2014 – Lloyd Kumula’au Sing / “New Esthetic”- Basalt, 2014 – Jerry Vasconcellos

Hua La V – coconut wood, paint, 2014 – Kahi Ching

“Stories are faster than light – Traveler 1 thru 11” – paper and acrylic on wood – Solomon Enos

“Leveler #1, #2, #3 (Interest in Vexillology )” – used plastic tarps, thread,  2014 – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett
“Leveler #1, #2, #3 (Interest in Vexillology )” – used plastic tarps, thread, 2014 – Sally Lundburg & Keith Tallett

“Chevron and Chevron #2” – Digital Photograph, Edition 1 of 3 – Liz Miller