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.

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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.

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


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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