Pua power: flowers needed for Awakening by Rebecca Louise Law

In September, we’ll open the doors to international installation artist Rebecca Louise Law’s exhibition Awakening, occupying two light-filled galleries on HoMA’s upper level and celebrating the deep connection that Hawai‘i has to its flowers. Well-known for her use of natural materials and a focus on sustainability, preserved flowers have become the signature element of Law’s most recognized works.

Awakening will combine Law’s own recycled collections of floral and botanical material with newly gathered Hawai‘i specimens, and we’ll need many hands to bring this exhibition to life. About fifteen percent of the upcoming installation will be comprised of locally sourced floral materials. To achieve this, we need your help!

We are collecting donations, fresh or dried, of the following types of flowers:

  • Beach morning glory
  • Bougainvillea
  • Bozu (globe amaranth)
  • Orange cup-and-saucer flowers (parasol plant)
  • Gardenia
  • Hibiscus
  • Huluhulu (from ma‘o plants)
  • Kukui
  • Orchid
  • Pīkake
  • Puakenikeni
  • Shower tree flowers
  • Ylang-ylang

If you have any of these growing in your yard, or from lei or a floral arrangement, please consider contributing blooms to this groundbreaking installation. We will be receiving materials during the month of June at the HoMA Art School during museum hours, Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 6pm.

Flowers should be removed from their branches, free of pests and insects, and delivered in plastic or paper bags. Please label each bag with the identity of its contents. While we are so appreciative of each and every donation, please limit your contribution to flowers from the list above.


We are also looking for community members to volunteer their assistance with gathering and stringing materials, in addition to key tasks like cutting flowers, stringing flowers, and bending and cutting wire!

Volunteer service summary:

· Dates of service: August 16 through September 14

· Weekly committed schedules for approximately five weeks, Tuesday through Friday, and one Monday. (Morning or afternoon shifts are available; no weekends.)

· We are looking for diplomatic, analytical community members with collaboration skills that support a positive service environment for a diverse team of HoMA volunteers.

Space is limited. We are accepting up to sixty volunteers. Sign-ups are first-come, first-served. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Program Coordinator at volunteers@honolulumuseum.org.


BANNER: Life in Death by Rebecca Louise Law. Photo by Charles Emerson.