Voyaging: The Art of Wayfinding at Gallery ‘Iolani

January 29 – March 5, 2017 Opening Reception on Sunday, January 29, 2-4 p.m.

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Windward Community College
Toni Martin, 236-9150
Gallery Iolani director, Humanities
Posted: Jan 19, 2017

Gallery ‘Iolani presents Voyaging: The Art of Wayfinding, a selection of thalassic art from the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts January 29 to March 5. The opening reception, talk story with voyager/author Kimo Hugho, and Imaginarium show following the reception on Sunday, January 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. are free and open to the public.

Featured artists:
Jody Arthur
Wright Bowman
Kathleen Carr
Joseph Feher
Herb Kane
Mary Ann Leigh
Wayne Levin
Mary Macmillan
Jeera Rattanangkoon
Laura Ruby
Donna Stoner
Reuben Tam
Elizabeth Train
William Worcester

January 29 (during opening reception)
2–4 p.m.
Special guest James Kimo Hugho,
crew member on the original Hōkūle‘a voyage in 1976 to Tahiti and back, will be at the opening reception to talk about his experience and introduce his recently published book, Hōkūle‘a Ohana Wa‘a, Family of the Canoe, about the creation, voyages and travails of the famed sailing vessel during its early years.

Free Imaginarium Special Showing (4 p.m. directly after opening reception)
Maunakea: Between Earth and Sky, a locally produced program that connects the culture, mythology and science of the sacred mountain will be offered free of charge at WCC’s Hōkūlani Imaginarium for gallery patrons. Limited seating.

March 5 (during final day of exhibition)
3 p.m.
Special guest speaker Ian Masterson
, aka The Surf Professor
Nā One Hānau o Hōkūleʻa: Terrestrializing Cosmic Space in Hakipuʻu

Why is Hakipuʻu the birthplace of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa? Although it was constructed elsewhere, it was consecrated and launched there in the calm sea of Heheʻe along the sands of ʻĀpua in Hakipuʻu, and that is where she returns upon completing each voyage. The reason is because that is where the stars bring you upon voyaging up from the south, and, Hakipuʻu is traditionally where the voyagers rested after a long voyage to Oʻahu from distant islands, a place where they could back sight the homeland, continuing to watch all the stars rise from the sea of Kai Koʻolau. Terrestrialize cosmic space in Hakipuʻu by looking at the archeoastronomy of Puakea Heiau, its placement on the landscape in the context of Hawaiian settlement, and the mythology that both established and came forth from this special place in Koʻolaupoko.  

For more information about the exhibition, upcoming lectures, and/or studies in gallery design and management at Windward Community College, contact Gallery ‘Iolani Director Toni Martin at 236-9150 or visit gallery.windward.hawaii.edu.

For more information, visit: http://gallery.windward.hawaii.edu