Meet the team behind the de Young Global Fellow, Douglas Miles

Aloha kakou….It is Kua`aina Associates’ belief that working collaboratively on a project provides an opportunity for a more monumental outcome.  As an organization who produces and coordinates art and cultural projects and programs, it’s especially magical when we have the opportunity to work with art organizations and their staff  that are like-minded and committed to the maintenance and sharing of culture and artistic expression. The partners of the de Young’s 2016-17 Global Fellows Project are no exception. It’s been a pleasure to work side by side with these amazing colleagues as we prepare for Douglas Miles’ arrival to San Francisco. These passionate visionaries, who are hard working individuals, believe that art is a vehicle in creating a beautiful and better world. We the team behind the scene are truly blessed to be in a position to  do this work – to share ideas, resources, skills and friendships, while being in the midst of creative geniuses.

Join us by celebrating the excellence of art and culture by visiting Douglas Miles:

  • Feb. 1 – 26: Artist-in-Resident, Kimball Education Gallery at the de Young Museum
  • March 1 – 13:  Public Art at the Luggage Store’s 509 Ellis, Tenderloin National Forest

E hana me ka ha ` aha` a,  Carolyn Kuali`i

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Carolyn Kualii – Kua`aina  Co-Founder/Director;  Laurie Lazer – The Luggage Store Co-Founder/Director/Curator;  Rene Baldocchi – Art Consultant & former Director of Public Programs, de Young Museum and Kevin Chen – Manager of Artist Studio & Public Programs de Young Museum

The de Young Global Fellows program invites indigenous artists from around the world to activate the museum as a space where important cultural connections can be forged and historic collections can be enlivened through the interactions with the public. Art, indigenous knowledge, and technology will be brought together to interrogate and explore the relationship of our global community to our shared natural environment.

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de Young Global Fellow, Douglas Miles’  “Fort Apache” mural in South Bronx in collaboration with Point CDC 2016   “There is a place in AZ called Fort Apache and there is a place in the South Bronx, NY called the same”.

Throughout each year, the selected artist will share process as they develop their work and educate local, national, and international audiences about the environmental issues facing indigenous communities. They will also utilize their artwork to protect and maintain the cultural heritage of their communities. For one month, the artist takes up residence at the de Young museum to share their works and works-in-progress, promoting cross-cultural exchange and dialogue and to engage in biocultural education and expression.

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Kimball Education Gallery – Global Fellow    Douglas Mile Artist-in-Residency                Feb. 1 to Feb. 26, 2017   Tuesday – Sundays 1pm – 5pm

The Collaborative Team Behind the Scene:

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-57-59-amThe Luggage Store, also known as The 509 Cultural Center is a non profit artist run multidisciplinary arts organization, founded in 1987. The Luggage Store builds community by organizing multidisciplinary arts programming accessible to and reflective of the Bay Area’s residents. Programs are designed to broaden social and aesthetic networks, and to encourage the flow of images and ideas between the diverse cultural communities that cross paths in our exceptionally dynamic downtown San Francisco neighborhood.

 The Luggage Store organize exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education and public art programs designed to amplify the voices of the region’s diverse artists and residents, to promote inclusion and respect, to reduce inter-group tensions and to work towards dispelling the stereotypes and fears that continue to separate us. http://www.luggagestoregallery.org

logoKua`aina Associates was established in 2002 as a result of a Hawaiian and Maori recognizing that it was time and their responsibility to bring together their collective years of experience as cultural stewards. Kua`aina is a non-profit organization that provides capacity building assistance to Native cultural and art organizations, cultural masters, individual artists and produces special art and cultural projects. http://kuaainaassociates.com

“Kua`aina takes into their care what is precious and scared to indigenous peoples and facilitate the passing of indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another”.  

 The de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco was founded in 1895 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of the city and a cherished destination for million of residents and visitors tot he region for over 100 years. In 2005, the de Young Museum re-opened in a state-of-the-art new facility that integrates are, architecture and the natural landscape in one multi-faceted destination that inspire audiences from around the world.

Designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Neuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The New de Young provides San Francisco with a landmark art museum to showcase the museum’s priceless collections of American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Textile arts, and art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americans.

About Our Funder:  The de Young Global Fellows are supported through the generosity of Christian Fund  who believes in the power of biological and cultural diversity to sustain and enrich a world faced with great change and uncertainty. The Foundation focus on the biocultural – the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology. https://www.christensenfund.org

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Christensen Fund’s mission is to buttress the efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient.

 

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“APACHELYPSE Now” Douglas Miles: de Young Museum’s 2016-17 Global Fellow

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“APACHELYPSE Now” a glimpse into the multi-faceted work of Douglas Miles from the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona. Using street art forms, he creates work that simultaneously deconstructs stereotypes and emboldens Native people in the 21st century. Douglas’ renegade ethos at work creates a new iconography in art, photos and film. The title, “APACHELYPSE Now” is an homage to Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic “Apocalypse Now” about a lone poet, renegade colonel, and his tribe gone rogue from the U.S.

Douglas Miles is an artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, muralist, public speaker and founder of Apache Skateboards. He assembles traditional and non-traditional materials and images to tell American Indian stories and to offer Native perspectives often absent from mainstream accounts. His work encourages reflection on how art can foster community-building and promote pride and well-being, especially among young people. His use of imagery that includes the famous Apache Chief Geronimo emphasizes both the centrality of conflict in Apache-American modern history, as well as the Native resistance to both cultural commodification and political incorporation. His work is rooted in Apache history and deeply engaged with the world of contemporary pop culture.

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“Apache Leadership” – 8′ x 5″ – Aerosol on canvas portrait of legendary Apache Chief Geronimo           Painted by Douglas Miles @ San Carlos Apache Nation 2016

Douglas’ work has been exhibited at Princeton University, Columbia University, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, to name a few. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Montclair Art Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Warner Brothers Studios, and the Eddie Basha Collection. Douglas recently collaborated with actor and author Ethan Hawke and artist Greg Ruth on a New York Times bestseller graphic novel, Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars.

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Douglas Miles, Doug Jr & Ethan Hawks – photo shot by Ernie Paniccioli

Apache Skateboards: Watching his son practice skateboarding in the early 2000s, Miles drew corollaries between skateboarding and the Apache warrior tradition, as both involved increased concentration, stamina, and the ability to withstand pain. After finding no skate decks available relevant to Apache culture, Miles painted a skateboard deck himself and gave it to his son, spawning Apache Skateboards and Apache Skate Team.

14225336_10155250176643378_5929044320439892158_n.jpgApache Skateboards, comprised of Miles and a number of younger collaborators including his son Douglas Jr. and photographer/filmmaker Reuben Ringlero, work in film, photography, fine art, skateboarding, murals, multimedia projects, community projects, skate park planning, skateboard events, apparel design, television, film, youth conferences, and speaking engagements. As Apache Skate Team, the group gives skating demonstrations, organizes skateboard contests and concerts, and curates art shows around the country, especially on Indian Reservations.

Douglas Miles’ San Francisco Visit:  As the 2016-17 de Young Global Fellow, Douglas will be in San Francisco from January 17 – March 14, 2017. During his visit,  he will engage with the Bay Area indigenous and artistic communities, including a month long artist-in-residency at the de Young Musuem. In March, Douglas will be a guest artist of the Luggage Store Gallery in downtown San Francisco, where he will create a public art piece at the Luggage Store Annex/509 Cultural Center. The 509 Cultural Center is one of San Francisco’s premier non profit multidisciplinary arts organizations dedicated to cultural equity and broadening social and aesthetic networks.

  • January 17 – March 15: Douglas Miles will connect and engage with the San Francisco Bay Area’s indigenous and artistic communities.
  • February 1 – 26: “Apachelypse Now”- Douglas Miles, de Young Museum’s Artist-in-Residence,  Kimball Education Gallery, Wednesdays – Sundays, 1 – 5pm
  • February 25 from 3pm – 5pm: Closing reception, Kimball Education Gallery
  • March 1 – March 13: Public Art project at 509 Ellis, Tenderloin National Forest in partnership with the Luggage Store Gallery located in downtown San Francisco
  • March 1 – March 13: Public Viewing of public art work at 509 Ellis

The Global Fellows Program is made possible with the generous support from The Christensen Fund. The de Young Global Fellows program invites indigenous artists from around the world to activate the museum as a space where important cultural connections can be forged and historic collections can be enlivened through interactions with the public. The de Young Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program brings working artists into the museum setting, giving the community access to the artistic process. This program enables museum visitors to meet and give artists an opportunity to work with the public. By watching an artist work, talking with an artist, and engaging in art-making activities, visitors learn more about various techniques and processes, thus gaining a greater understanding and appreciation for the art on view at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Partners Organizations: 

The Luggage Store Gallery: http://www.luggagestoregallery.org

Luggage Store Annex: http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/lsa/

Tenderloin Nation Forest: http://www.luggagestoregallery.org/tnf/

de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco:  www.deyoung.famsf.org/artiststudio

Kua`aina Associates: http://kuaainaassociates.com

 

 

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Kua`aina Associates Presents…the last Visiting Artist of Celebrating Pacific Island Arts Series 2015

Sulu`ape Keone Nunes

 Sulu`ape Keone Nunes photo by Kapulani Landgraf

Sulu`ape Keone Nunes
photo by Kapulani Landgraf

While growing up in the 60ʻs, 70ʻs and 80ʻs Keone Nunes was fortunate to have sat and learned from Kupuna (elders) from his family and the Hawaiian community. Although there were many subjects that were discussed, one that became an important focus was the information shared about Uhi (Hawaiian tattoo). This has been a focus of Keone since the late 1980ʻs. Keone has been doing uhi since 1990 with machines. In 1996 Keone met Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo, originally from Apia, Samoa, but who lived in Auckland, New Zealand, this meeting laid the foundation for Keone to be able to do uhi in the same fashion as was done for over 1,000 years in Polynesia with traditional tools. Keone studied under Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo until his passing in 1999. He has been doing work with traditional Polynesian tools exclusively since 2000.

In 2001 Keone was given the honor of receiving a title from the family of Suʻa Suluʻape Paulo. He was the first Hawaiian to receive the Suluʻape title and among the first non-Samoans to receive this prestigious title.

Keone has been a primary force in the re-establishment of uhi in the Hawaiian community. He has shared his thoughts on designs, techniques, and cultural importance of Hawaiian uhi in Europe, Asia, Polynesia and the Continental United States. He has also given the honor of being named #22 of the 101 Most Influential People in Tattooing in the world by Bob Baxter former editor for Skin and Ink magazine and currently Editor-in-Chief for Tattooroadtrip.com.

Along with his passion for uhi, Keone has also founded Kaʻananiau, a company that is currently contracted by the Administration for Native Americans to provide training and technical assistance to native non-profit organizations in the Pacific region. He is the Project Director for ANAʻs Pacific region training and technical assistance center.

Save the Dates for Keone’s Specail Northern CA Presentations

unnamedOctober 2: E wehe ana i ka maoli (uncovering what is real) – An Evening Celebrating the Artistry of Pacific Island Tattoo“Friday Nights at the deYoung” 

from 5pm – 8:30pm at the deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

E wehe ana i ka maoli (uncovering what is real)- Undressing the Savage Lecturer: Sulu`ape Keone Nunes (traditional tattooist)   7:15pm to 8pm, Wilsey Court

A special “Friday Nights at the deYoung” lecture presentation on the practice and tradition of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of tattooing among other indigenous peoples. The evening’s program will also feature local Pacific Island tattoo artists and a fashion show showcasing tattoo designs. This presentations is part of the deYoung’s Public Programs in conjunction with the Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i exhibit. 

Specail Guest Tattoo Artists presenting in the deYoung’s Piazzoni Murals Room: Pauhi: Sulu`ape Keone Nunes, Kawika Au, Keli`i Makua; Soul Signature Tattoo: Joel Albanez & CJ Gopez; Humble Beginnings Tattoo: Chris Gonzalas & Melissa Manuel; Kealoha Designs: Andrew Kealoha; and tattoo artists: John Palega and Lomani Gaunavinaka.

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October 3: Traditional Hawaiian Kākau (tattoo) & the Revival of California Indian Tattoo Traditions

from 3pm to 5:30pm –  Inter-tribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Presenters: Sulu`ape Keone Nunes (traditional tattooist), Artist, L. Frank Manriquez, (Tongva-Achachemen) and special guest. 

A speical community presentation on the traditon of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of California Indian tattoo traditions will be the topic for a cross-culture conversation with the Bar Area Native American community. 

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Sulu`ape Keone Nunes will also be visiting with the Indigenous California Indian Communities of Humboldt County in late September. 

For more information on these events please contact kuaaianassociates@gmail.com

Mahalo to following for helping to make CPIA 2015 a big success:

CPIA’s Community Partners: The Oakland Museum of California, Studio Grand in Oakland, the deYoung Museum, California Historical Society PPIE100, East Bay Media Center, Humboldt Foundation/Native Cultures Fund, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Warrior Institute, Inter-Tribal Friendship House and Samoan Solutions, Inc.

Celebrating Pacific Island Arts is presented by Kua`aina Associates, an Indigenous Arts and Cultures non-profit based in Berkeley, CA., and made possible by the generous support from the Christensen Fund, Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund and Private Donors.logoVisit Kua`aina’s website: http://kuaainaassociates.com/Kuaainaassociates.com/Home.html

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Celebrating Pacific Island Arts series 2015

Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili

With the generous support fromt the Christensen Fund and the Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund,  Kua`aina was able to host the last workshop of the “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” series, “Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili”. Under the teaching and guidance of Kumu Herman Tachera, a group of eager learners spent the day creating their beautiful kahili pa`a lima.

Workshop participants, July 18, 2015 @ Studio Grand in Oakland, CA.

Workshop participants, July 18, 2015 @ Studio Grand in Oakland, CA.

Afforded great respect through the ages, the kahili is a prized cultural item among Native Hawaiian people. Kahili are feathered standards used to show status, lineage, and family ties and are made in many sizes and styles of kahili.

Kahili Pa`a Lima by Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Teacher

Kahili Pa`a Lima by Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Teacher.  

Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Tachera

Hawaiian Feather Artist, Herman Tachera

Herman Tachera is the kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho’omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has been a Cultural Practitioner of Hawaiian Feather Art for the past 19years.  He was first introduced to the art of lei hulu by Mikioi Iwamoto in 1996 and later fell under the mentorship of Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna, Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa and Michael Vieira.  Herman acquired his knowledge and experience under the guidance of Aunty Paulette and Aunty Mary Lou assisting them in the teaching of lei hulu, ‘uli’uli and kahili.  In June 2007 Aunty Mary Lou and Aunty Paulette, the foremost masters of Hawaiian Feather Art gave their acknowledge and blessings to Herman to teach and perpetuate the Art of Hawaiian Feathers.  Herman has taught numerous workshops throughout California, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Japan and Taiwan.  His most recent lei hulu workshop project of September 2014, was teaching 163 hula students of the prestigious Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu Hula Halau of San Francisco, CA.

Herman Tachera & his Kumu, Master Hawaiian Feather Artist, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna

Herman Tachera & his Kumu, Master Hawaiian Feather Artist, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna

Herman is dedicated and committed to carry on and ho’omau — perpetuate —                    the teachings of his distinguished and honored Kumu.

Kua`aina Associates would like to say, mahalo nui loa Kumu Herman                                   for sharing your talant and knowledge with us

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Kua`aina Associates Presents . . .

Celebrating Pacific Arts 2015

Celebrating Pacific Island Arts – Workshops & Presentations

Siapo: Interacting with the Past, Present and Possible future of an Ancestral Art Form
Instructor: Regina Meredith-Fitiao
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 1pm to 7pm

Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Workshop – Free Registration – Limited Enrollment

Description: Regina will share slides of historical siapo artifacts and the process in the making of a siapo. She will cover the significance of siapo motifs. Engaging the participants in designing a siapo will be the highlight of this workshop. Participants will also be asked to collaborate with Meredith on a siapo mamanu in progress, and work with the authentic materials used for Samoan siapo.

Su’a T. Wilson Fitiao: Laei of Samoa (Samoan Traditional Tattoo)
Presenter: Su`a T. Wilson Fitiao, Tufuga ta Tatau (Samoan Tattoo Master)

Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm

East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Presentation – Free Admission

Description: Su’a will share some of the history, format and legacy of the Samoan traditional tattoo and his journey as a Tufuga ta Tatau.

Yerba Buena Third Thursdays: Laei of Samoa (Samoan Traditional Tattoo) & Siapo: Interacting with the Past, Present and Possible future of an Ancestral Art Form

Presenters: Su`a T. Wilson Fitiao & Regina Meredith-Fitiao

Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm

California Historical Society, 678 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Public Presentation – Free Admission

Description: Presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Cultural Benefit District. Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

Kahili Pa`a Lima – Hawaiian Hand Held Kahili

Instructor: Herman Tachera
Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 1pm to 7pm
Studio Grand Oakland, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Workshop: Free Registration – Limited Enrollment

Description: Afforded great respect through the ages, the kahili is a prized cultural item among Native Hawaiian people. Kahili are feathered standards used to show status, lineage, and family ties. There are many sizes and styles of kahili, and this workshop will provide participants an opportunity to create their own kahili pa`a lima (Hawaiian hand held kahili). The instructor will also lecture on the history of the kahili and its spiritual and cultural importance.

Opening celebration event of the “Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i” Exhibit

Presenter: Owana, La’anui and Kalani Salazar
Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 12pm to 4pm
deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

Event is free – please check the museum’s website for exhibit admission: https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/ featherwork

Description: “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” special musical performance by Owana Ka‘ōhelelani Mahaelani-rose Salazar. Program will include historical and classic songs composed by and for the Ali`i and Mō`ī (Hawaiian Chiefs) and celebrated Hawaiian manu (birds).

E wehe ana i ka maoli (uncovering what is real)- Undressing the Savage
Presenter: Keone Nunes, Kahuna ka kākau (expert tattooist)

Sunday, October 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8:30pm

deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Presentation & Event – Free

Description: A special “Friday Nights at the deYoung” lecture presentation on the practice and tradition of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of tattooing among other indigenous peoples. The evening’s program will also feature local Pacific Island tattoo artists and a fashion show showcasing tattoo designs. This presentations is part of the deYoung’s Public Programs in conjunction with the Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i exhibit.

Traditional Hawaiian kākau (tattoo) & the revival of California Indian Tattoo Traditions
Presenters: Keone Nunes, Kahuna ka kākau (expert tattooist) & Artist, L. Frank Manriquez, Tongva- Achachemen

Saturday, October 3, 2015 – from 3pm to 5:30pm
Inter-tribal Friendship House, 523 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Description: A special community presentation on the tradition of Hawaiian kākau and the revival of California Indian tattoo traditions will be the topic for a cross-culture conversation with the Bay Area Native American community.

Keone Nunes will also be visiting with the Indigenous California Indian Communities of Humboldt County in late September. For more information on scheduled presentations, visit the following link: https://risingindigenousvoices.wordpress.com

Celebrating Pacific Island Arts is presented by Kua`aina Associates, an Indigenous Arts and Cultures non-profit based in Berkeley, CA., and made possible by the generous support from the Christensen Fund, Akonadi Foundation 2015 Beloved Community Fund and Private Donors

CPIA’s Community Partners: The Oakland Museum of California, Studio Grand in Oakland, the deYoung Museum, California Historical Society PPIE100, Hale Naua III, Society of Maoli Arts, East Bay Media Center, Humboldt Foundation/Native Cultures Fund, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, The Warrior Institute and Samoan Solutions, Inc.

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SAVE THE DATE: “Pacific Worlds” exhibit opening May 30, 2015 – January 3, 2016

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Presented by the Oakland Museum of California

“Pacific Worlds” presents Californian identity as tied to and shaped by the histories, peoples, and geography of the Pacific Islands. The Museum’s exceptional Pacific collections have before never been shown on a large scale. Most of the artifacts were collected by an Oakland dentist, John Rabe, who traveled the Pacific in the 1880s and 1890s, doing dentistry and buying and trading dental work for artifacts. Other items were brought to California by naval personnel stationed in the Pacific.

The cultures and peoples featured in the exhibition include those of Tonga, Samoa, Hawai’i, Guam, Fiji, Maori, Palau, and the Caroline Islands. Pacific Worlds focuses on the way historic collections continue to speak to the cultural practices of Pacific Islanders in California today. For example, the Museum’s 25- foot historic outrigger canoe from Manus, Papua New Guinea will be displayed alongside a discussion of contemporary canoe reclamation among many Pacific cultural groups.

The exhibition will explore the Pacific as a region that includes California, focusing on Pacific history, the role of collectors in the region, and the role of Pacific people at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The majority of the exhibit focuses the experiences of Pacific Islanders in California and how they maintain cultural practices including dance and music, “foodways,” fiber arts, respect for ancestors, tattooing, surfing, and other practices. Life-sized photographic portraits and biographical profiles of Bay Area Pacific Islanders will help visitors learn more about people and culture.

Pacific Worlds Flyer

http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/pacific-worlds

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Announcing: Two Major San Francisco Bay Area Exhibits opening summer 2015

Kua`aina Associates is proud to announce the opening of two major exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Pacific Worlds” at the Oakland Museum of California and “Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i” at the deYoung Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.  For the past year, Kua`aina has been involved with both exhibits that celebrate the cultural heritage of the Pacific Island Peoples. These two exhibits are especially important since California is the home of the largest Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population outside of their island homes.

PW-tattoo-640x425Community members of Pacific cultures in California will provide strikingly relevant voices and contemporary context to rarely exhibited historical and ritual objects and newly commissioned works of art in Pacific Worlds, a new exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), on view May 30, 2015 through January 14, 2016. Presented to coincide with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama- Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) in San Francisco, the exhibition examines the vibrancy and rich cultural practices of the Pacific that continue to thrive in California today.

For more info: http://www.museumca.org/exhibit/pacific-worlds

SAVE the DATE!:

Community Welcome Ceremony– Friday, June 5th (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm followed by Friday Nights Oakland Museum of California featuring performances from Bay Area based Pacific Islanders and visiting Siapo (Tapa) and Tattoo artist from American Samoa.

Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i

August 29, 2015 – February 28, 2016

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This will be a once in a life time exhibition featuring approximately 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers (kāhili), feather lei (lei hulu manu), helmets (mahiole), feathered god images (akua hulu manu), and related eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings and works on paper. This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. The exhibit will then travel to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum for exhibition in 2016.  https://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/featherwork

SAVE THE DATE: Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i – Community Celebration Exhibit Opening – Saturday, August 29 (time TBD) @ the deYoung, San Francisco.

STAY TUNED!! – UP & COMING ART PACIFIC ISLAND ART SERIES:

Kua`aina Associates will be hosting an Art Series titled, “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” (CPIA) – scheduled for summer 2015. “CPIA” is a series of workshops and presentations to celebrate the vibrant and rich art practices of Pacific peoples. These series will coincide with the Oakland Museum’s exhibit “Pacific Worlds” and a Native Hawaiian group show curated by “Hale Naua III, Society of Maoli Arts” at Studio Grand in Oakland and the Royal Hawaiian Featherworks: Na Hulu Ali`i exhibit at the deYoung. The art series will be presented by visiting artists from American Samoa and Hawai`i that are cultural practitioners in Samoan Siapo (tapa/kapa making), Hawaiian feather work, music and chant, and Samoan and Hawaiian tattoo traditions.

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