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Kahoiwai Jocelyn. Small City * Huge Artwork

SMALL TOWN * BIG ART companions County of Maui + Hale Hōʻikeʻike on the Bailey Home / Maui Historic Society + Maui Public Artwork Corps will unveil a group of movie shorts that commemorate Maui County historical past, tradition and sense of place.​ The revealing of the Hui Mo‘olelo Movie Fest will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 at Wailuku’s ʻĪao Theater.

The results of the initiative’s most up-to-date name to artists, the gathering stems from its new Hui Mo’olelo program. By kumu Leilehua Yuen, a cohort of storytellers are skilled by a collection of digital, stay workshops. Hale Hōʻikeʻike Government Director Sissy Lake-Farm then pairs workshop college students with kūpuna to share their tales. Upon completion of the workshop collection and recorded kūpuna classes, ensuing audio excerpts change into the idea for annual requests for artist proposals (RFP). After an artist is chosen by a group panel, they start an intensive studying and cultural trade that’s rooted in particular locations all through Maui County.

Chosen by a group panel, artists Rose Stark, Natalie Greene and Taisiya Zaretskaya have labored with Maui Public Artwork Corps and Hale Hōʻikeʻike since July to convey a group of tales to life below the course of Oscar contending artist Richard O’Connor. Their animated movie shorts might be introduced in alignment with recorded talk-story excerpts about Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe and Kahului.


Story individuals embody Coach John McCandless (aka Johnny Mac) with Dean Tokishi, Ocean Assets Specialist, Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Fee; Anthony Pacheco along with his father Henry Eskaran, Jr., kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi; Michael Ok. Nāhoʻopiʻi, Government Director of Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Fee with Kelly McHugh-White, Maui Public Artwork Corps; Quickly Yai Amaral, Elder kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi together with her daughter Diane Preza, kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi; Kahoʻiwai Belsom, Lawyer with Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, Ed.D., Director of Improvement, Maui Nui at The College of Hawaii Basis; and Dean Del Rosario, kamaʻāina of Lānaʻi with Shelly Preza, Government Director, Lānaʻi Tradition & Heritage Middle.

Mission talks started in February 2021, quickly after Maui Public Artwork Corps was first established to broaden the work of Wailuku City’s SMALL TOWN * BIG ART (ST*BA) initiative into new neighborhoods countywide. In November 2021, the crew was chosen for grant funding by the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts to pilot associated programming in as much as three extra Maui County neighborhoods. By April 2022, companions from Kahului in addition to the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Fee and Lānaʻi Tradition & Heritage Middle had joined on to take part in Hui Mo’olelo.  

“The Lānaʻi Tradition & Heritage Middle is grateful to be working with this initiative to specific the intergenerational tales of our group by artwork,” shares Shelly Preza, Government Director, Lānaʻi Tradition & Heritage Middle, “The SMALL TOWN * BIG ART effort up to now, which pairs skilled artists with group members to assist share tales and values of Wailuku City, has been spectacular, and we’re excited to collaborate with their crew to share our Lānaʻi tales.”


Preza will be part of the December 20 occasion to current three animations about Lānaʻi that she consulted on intently, together with former director Kepā Maly, to assist commemorate 100 years since Lānaʻi was bought by the Dole Company (1922).

“Many individuals are aware of the island of Kahoʻolawe as a complete, however only a few know of the numerous totally different particular locations that comprise it,” shares Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Fee Government Director Mike Nāhoʻopiʻi. “This type of public artwork and group engagement, permits us to attach folks to these locations and share the tales of Kahoʻolawe by inventive and significant experiences, which is on the core of the KIRCʻs mission.” 

The December 20 Hui Mo’olelo movie pageant occasion might be emceed by Sissy Lake-Farm of Hale Hōʻikeʻike, starting promptly at 5:30 PM and ending at 7. Free to the general public, viewers members will expertise the premiere of six particular person animated talk-story excerpts, every between 3 to five minutes in size, in addition to an providing by Hui Mo’olelo featured kūpuna Aunty Kahoiwai Belsom. Arrive early to get pleasure from a group of work created by Maui Satellite tv for pc Job Corps Middle college students, who participated in a free Hui Mo‘olelo workshop with Artwork Corps’ Kelly McHugh-White and instructing artist Jana Ireijo. Collectively, they listened to the kūpuna audio recordings and created their very own visible interpretations, every paired with a hyperlink to a recording of their very own private artist statements. Deliver your headphones! 


“We join with each other within the house we share and the actions we take to construct that house,” shares artist Richard O’Connor, “These works mirror the voices who as soon as labored in these areas. They echo to present generations. By these reverberations we create ties to the previous and a path to the long run. Individuals. Locations. Work.”

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