KONOHIKI v. to invite ability and willingness

Aloha e nā hoa aloha

Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo has partnered with ʻŌlena Group & Puʻuhonua Society for

an art exhibit honoring the native intelligence & practice of “konohiki” through the experiences of communities across our paeʻāina exercising their right to mālama.

JUNE 16 - JULY 31

Opening Reception - Friday, June 16 - 6:00p @ Aupuni Place (formerly Na Mea Hawaii) Ward Warehouse - 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Suite #1000 Honolulu, HI 96814

We invite you to join us!

"The word konohiki means to invite ability [and] willingness. This refers to the ability of a konohiki to organize people for collective endeavors no one family could achieve alone, such as maintenance of irrigation systems to sustain taro patches or surround net harvests." - Carlos Andrade, Hāʻena: Through the Eyes of the Ancestors, 2008

This traveling art exhibition will feature art and story from rural Hawaiian communities stewarded by kuaʻāina (grassroots) groups and families who care for their places through Native Hawaiian values, culture and intelligence.

Through place-based restoration and stewardship rooted in indigenous science, practice and a worldview inherently tied to ʻāina, these efforts to mālama (take care) our island home have meaningful and immediate ecological and social impact on the people and storied places of Hawaiʻi.

In transcending beyond individuals and titles, we hope this exhibition will spark discussion about the roles, function, and importance of "konohiki" – to invite ability and willingness.

We invite you to come, discover your own interconnected relationship to ʻāina and explore your personal willingness and ability to mālama through art, workshops, film screenings, presentations, talk story and more.*

Featured artists and presenters from Kahana, Koʻolau Loa, Oʻahu / Moʻomomi, Palāʻau, Molokaʻi / Keʻehi, Kona, Oʻahu / Waiākea, Hilo, Hawaiʻi / Hāʻena, Haleleʻa, Kauaʻi / ʻAleamai, Hāna, Maui and elsewhere include: Karen “Kamalu” Poepoe, Mark Lee, Kupihea, Manoa Johansen, Mahi La Pierre, Kaiʻili Kaulukukui, Tiana Henderson, Wally Ito and Kelson “Mac” Poepoe.

Workshops by Halau Hale Kuhi Kuhi & ʻEwa Limu Project on lashing/hale and limu pressing along with presentations by visiting lawaiʻa (fishers), kiaʻi loko (fishpond guardians), and mahi ʻai (farmers) will be hosted at Aupuni Place through the end of July.

Dates, event schedule & artist info coming your way...!

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KONOHIKI Art Exhibit Workshop Series

Join us for a special event, hosted by Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo in partnership with Hōlani Hāna

Lashing + ʻOlokeʻa Workshop

Sunday, July 16, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Led by alakaʻi from Hālau Hale Kuhi Kuhi

Learn how to build a olokeʻa (scaffolding) used in hale building from practitioners and alakaʻi from Hālau Hale Kuhi Kuhi, a traditional school of learning and training dedicated to the art and practice of Native Hawaiian indigenous architecture.
photo by Holladay Photo

Participants are asked to please register through the Eventbrite link below (donations of $10 are suggested to cover materials and time but are not required).

ʻALEAMAI, HĀNA, MAUI

Hōlani Hāna's mission is to strengthen communities through the perpetuation of Hawaiian cultural values. A program of Hōlani Hāna that helps to fulfill this mission is Hālau Hale Kuhi Kuhi, a traditional school of learning and training in the practice of building hale by incorporating cultural protocols, eradicating invasive species, cultivating native species, and revitalizing traditional skills and techniques. In building hale, our dependency on the land and her bounty is apparent. All resources are provided from the ‘āina in partnership with laulima from kānaka.

MĀLAMA KULEANA, HO‘OMĀKAUKAU KĀNAKA, LAULIMA KAIĀULU, HO‘OHANOHANO KŪPUNA, PILI ‘ĀINA, HO‘OPAEPAE, KANU NA POU, HAUHOA NA LĀ‘AU, HO‘OMALU KA HALE, KŪPONO. KŪPA‘A.
"Kūkulu Hale" by Tiana Malina Henderson (ʻAleamai, Hāna, Maui) - Ink on Tapa
Take care of responsibilities, Prepare the people, Work together as a community, Honor the ancestors, Respect the land, Build the foundation, Plant the posts, Lash the wood, Shade the house (thatch), Upright, proper. Steadfast, firm, immovable

For more info on hale building visit:

KONOHIKI Art Exhibit Film Screening +

LawAIʻA PONO PAU HANA

Illustration by Kelsey Ige

JOIN US FOR POTLUCK, PUPUS, MELE + FILM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 - 6:00P @ AUPUNI PLACE

Musical guest: Kupaʻāina

Come, listen to the simple island melodies of Kupaʻāina and talk story with members from the E Alu Pū Network, Hui Maka'āinana O Makana & Hui Mālama O Moʻomomi.

HĀʻENA, HALELEʻA, KAUAʻI

Hui Maka‘āinana O Makana is dedicated to perpetuating and teaching the skills, knowledge, and practices of our Kupuna through the interpretation, care, and protection of the natural and cultural resources that are located within Hā‘ena State Park.
"Holoholo with Uncle Keliʻi" by Kim Kamaluʻokeakua Moa - Digital Photography Print - dedicated to Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana (Hāʻena, Haleleʻa, Kauaʻi)

Moʻomomi, Palāʻau, Molokaʻi

ON BECOMING A LAWAIʻA..."You start as a bag boy, observing the kūpuna gather and listening to the aunties while cleaning fish. Before you catch your first fish, you learn to make your hi’a and net." – Mac Poepoe

In this, the lawaiʻa learns responsibility and how to mālama. These traditional learning methods are of more relevance than ever today as Hawaiʻi’s fisheries demand a rebuilding of abundance. It starts with re-learning the ways of becoming a true lawaiʻa. These are the traditional methods taught, practiced, and encouraged at Moʻomomi.

"Throw Net Moʻomomi" Kamalu Poepoe Keonelele (Keonelele, Moʻomomi, Palāʻau, Molokaʻi ) - Acrylic on canvas

For updates + info on KONOHIKI Art Exhibit events,

Credits:

© Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo 2017 - Photos Courtesy Kim Moa / KUA and Mark Lee / Holladay Photo

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