Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place

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    The same stretch of beach 100 years apart in time. Photos from Hawaii State Archive and Alfred Adler. Composite image by Wendy Roberts

May 31, 2019 - July 05, 2019
Honolulu Museum of Art School


Exhibition Overview

Open air artists have a history of wanting to capture nature as they experience it. Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place showcases artwork informed by the narratives of the wahi pana, sacred places, throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiians held that certain sites were sacred because of the history associated with that particular locale. These events were significant to their identity and sense of belonging to their home. Hawai‘i has served as a place of inspiration for many artists throughout time. Each infused with their own ideas, experiences and cultural perceptions. This exhibition seeks to inspire the view of kama‘aina, Kanaka Maoli and malihini alike as they rediscover familiar locales through different eyes.

“Some (wahi pana locations) exist in plain view and go unnoticed by people as they go about their busy existences. The stories they hold, however, are there for those who seek them”
—Cletus Correira, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, HOHONU 2015 Vol. 13

Wahi Pana Art Creation Events: March 8, 9 + 10
“Wahi” a few, some of “pana” “the heartbeat of place, the beat or pulse of time, a place of note or legend. Prior to the exhibition, Wahi Pana: A Sense of Place, the Association of Hawaii Artists (AHA) will hold a three-day statewide open air art creation event (similar to a paint out, but open to 3D and other media as well) preceded by cultural training about the selected locations. Hawai’i resident artists are invited to participate in the event to create on location and capture the wahi pana they feel about the place. The salon will display the results of the event and provide a comprehensive view of contemporary landscape art in the islands today. 

For more information visit wahi-pana.com.