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Exhibit Opening

Friday May 6, 2016

6:00 - 9:00 pm

Hawai'i State Art Museum (HiSAM)

250 South Hotel St., Second Floor

First Friday festivities include live music by Don Kauli'a and Peter W.K. Moon. Artizen by MW will be selling beverages.


$3 flat rate (cash only) after 5:00 pm at Ali'i Place (entrance on 1099 Alakea St.), metered parking at 'Iolani Palace and surrounding streets.

TheBUS: several buses stop in front of or very close to the Hawai'i State Art Museum. For route information, please call (808) 848-5555.

Admission to the Hawai'i State Art Museum galleries and events is always free!

Kapa exhibition opens May 6, features art, tools, and film

The newest exhibition at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum showcases kapa (Hawaiian barkcloth) and related works from the Art in Public Places Collection. Ho‘omau: The Perpetuation of Kapa features 14 works by the following kapa practitioners and artists: Pam Barton, Kau‘i Chun, Pualani Lincoln Maielua, Philip Markwart, Juliette May Fraser, Marie McDonald, Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, Dalani Tanahy, and Viliami Toluta‘u.

The exhibition celebrates and recognizes the perseverance of kapa practitioners and artists who keep the art form alive. Information on kapa manufacture and decoration will also be displayed, along with kapa tools from Dalani Tanahy and Philip Markwart.

Ka Hana Kapa, a film production by the Biographical Research Center, will be shown in the gallery during the exhibition. The film documents the history of kapa in Hawai‘i and follows the complex process of Hawaiian kapa making from start to finish. Interviews of kapa practitioners include Ka‘iulani de Silva, Moana Eisele, Eric Enos, Roen Hufford, Dennis Kana‘e Keawe, Marie McDonald, and Dalani Tanahy. The film also features Hālau O Kekuhi, led by kumu hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole. Original kapa garments were made by kapa practitioners for the Hālau specifically for a performance at the opening of the 2011 MerrieMonarch Festival. The film was supported by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

The SFCA has supported cultural practitioners for decades to help regain the knowledge of Hawaiian kapa making that has been lost over time. Our 1979-1980 annual report describes funding a new program that developed on Maui where Puanani Van Dorpe, a pioneer in the resurgence of kapa making, has rediscovered ancient ways of making kapa. SFCA commissioned her in 2000 to make a work of kapa for the Art in Public Places Collection. Titled Kihei Kapa, the piece is made of wauke and printed with dye made of noni. It is on display in the library of the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.


The Statewide Ethnic Heritage Program funded kapa and its cultural importance through the TEMARI Center for Asian and Pacific Fibers, with $1,003, and the Crafts of Old Hawaii at Bishop Museum with $1,500.

The 1984-1985 annual report shows that kapa workshops were organized and held on Moloka‘i, Kaua‘i and O‘ahu. The Foundation funded $1,000 for "Hawaiian Kapa, The Revival of an Ancient Art", to the Lyman House Memorial Museum.

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The foundation's mission is to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i.


Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts Newsletter


The Hawai'i State Art Museum is located in No. 1 Capitol Distric Building at 250 South Hotel Street. The building is situated in the historic Hawaii Capital Cultural District, across from 'Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the Hawai'i State Art Museum call (808) 586-0900 or visit

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