Shinichi Maehara Receives Honorary Doctorate

(Left to right) Photo of Chancellor Hinshaw, Mr. Maehara, and former UH Regent Ed Kuba

At the annual Fall Commencement for UH Mānoa on December 17th, 2012, Mr. Shinichi Maehara, retired Executive Director at Okinawa Television Broadcasting (OTV), received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – the first Okinawan to receive this degree from UH.  The honor took note of his contributions to the understanding of Okinawans around the world through a television series Uchinanchu Worldwide, which he wrote, directed, and produced from 1987 through 2004.  The globe-trotting Dr. Maehara met and interviewed hundreds of relocated Okinawans in South America, Europe, Hawai‘i, and even Africa.  The series speaks to UHM’s vision of maintaining a sense of place while becoming part of the global community.

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“Art and Sustainability:” Lecture by Akihiko Izukura

Photo of Mr. Izukura with his artwork

To open his exhibit at the UHM, renowned textile artist from Kyoto, Akihiko Izukura, will be giving a lecture entitled: “Art and Sustainability.” He will share his philosophy and approach to art based on three guiding principles:

  • “compassion for life” 思いやりの美学
  • “zero-waste” 廃棄物ゼロ
  • “sun and water circulation” 太陽と水の循環

**Exhibits will be in the Commons Gallery (indoor), across from the Art Auditorium, and on McCarthy Mall (outdoor). For those who wish to see the outdoor exhibit, they should plan to arrive at 5:30pm.

Please see this link for the poster for this event.


Life in Colors in Hawai‘i 2012

Photo courtesy of Akihiko Izukura - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Academy Art Center at Linekona present “Life in Colors in Hawai‘i” by the internationally renowned textile artist, Akihiko Izukura, from Kyoto, Japan.  “Life in Colors” is exhibited at two locations—both with indoor and outdoor displays; the show features impressive large-scale textile installations, splashes of color on the landscape, as well as innovative examples of his natural dyeing and weaving.  The philosophy behind Izukura’s art pieces is based on sustainability and the desire to improve the surrounding environment and hand it down to the next generation in a better state than it is now.  In conjunction with the show, Izukura offers personalized Senshokudō [dyeing and weaving] workshops at the Academy Art Center at Linekona and a public lecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Izukura was born into a family who for many generations weaved obi in Nishijin, Kyoto.  After graduating from Doshisha University, he became president of his family’s business; he developed his own laboratory where he devoted himself to the study of dyeing and weaving.  Almost immediately his textile works garnered national prizes.  He reached a turning point when he received a major prize in 1986 for a work of braided tapestry made with chemical dyes; he discovered within himself a conceit—the conceit of trying to bring nature under his control.  At that moment, he began his dialogue with nature; this personal journey continues today and has taken him to many places in Japan and overseas to demonstrate this ongoing dialogue.

Hawai‘i is an ideal location for “Life in Colors.”  The natural beauty of the islands, with its underlying radiance and power, provides inspiration to Izukura, a natural textile artist, who seeks to find a path for people to coexist with nature.