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Reservations: 808-921-2345


03 - Aug
(Nearby Event: Other)
Where:Downtown Art Center, 1041 Nuuanu Ave Second Floor,, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, 96817
This August, the Downtown Art Center will host "Hoʻopuka To Emerge: The Love of Hula," a multi-artist showcase of art in various mediums that has been inspired by Hawaiʻi’s native dance. The show will feature never-before-seen works by iconic Hawaiʻi artist John Kelly (1878-1962), as well as previously unreleased photographs by his wife, Kate Kelly (1882-1964). In addition, several well-known Hawaiʻi artists, including Nancy Vilhauer, Lauren Okano and Jackie Mild-Lau, as well as Native Hawaiian artists Kumu Hula Auliʻi Mitchell, Jordan Kamuela Gestrich and Nālamakūikapō Ahsing will add to the rich visual landscape of the show. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, August 3, with an Opening Reception and hula performance on Friday, August 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show’s name, “Hoʻopuka,” was chosen by one of the participating artists, Kumu Hula Auliʻi Mitchell. “Hoʻopuka” is to emerge,” Kumu Auliʻi says. “It is the first dance the hula students learn to enter the presence of Laka. Hoʻopuka e ka la ma ka hikina. Let the artists that love hula emerge!” The show features the following talented Hawaiʻi-based artists: Kumu Hula Auliʻi Mitchell (Multimedia) Kumu Auliʻi is the kumu hula of Hālau o Kahiwahiwa and Hālau o Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. He perpetuates the hula legacy of his grandfather Charles Kahiwahiwa Cash and his mother Harriet Aana Cash Mitchell. He is well known for his family’s tradition and research in the hula genre of Hawaiian puppetry or “hula ki‘i”. In 2019, he formed the Hula Ki‘i Collaborative, and today works closely with the other hula ki‘i traditions in Hawaiʻi. Kumu Auliʻi Mitchell is currently a recipient of the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship 2021, focusing on creating, preserving, perpetuating, and disseminating the hula ki‘i within the indigenous communities, the hālau hula, where it originated. Nancy Vilhauer (Painter/Printer) Nancy is a popular artist in Hawaiʻi who is known for her prints and paintings of scenes from the world of hula. Nancy is pr
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