If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the collection of digital images of old Hawaii in "Ho'omana'o I Na Wa I Huliau" speaks volumes on Hawaii's history. Created by Maui photographer Shane Tegarden, the 45-minute exhibition is a journey through precontact Hawaii via digital photography and accompanied with mololelo by master storyteller Sam Ka'ai of Kaupo. Scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus and Nov. 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, the event is free and open to the public. Images such as "Papa Ku'i'ai," photographed in Keanae, portray kanaka maoli in their natural surroundings - prior to Western contact. With the technology of digital photography and manipulation, Hana Highway is absent from the East Maui valleys and only plants from the time period are seen thriving along the pristine coastline. Some of Tegarden's other works portray torch fishing, an over-producing taro farmer and tattooing. The show is sponsored, in part, by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement. For more information, visit www.stphotography.com.
Out-of-the-box thinking is required for the popular 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. But to think outside the box, artists had to put their ideas in the box - the shoebox, that is. Artists from Hawaii, the Mainland and the rest of the world have submitted to working within the confines of a shoebox in space and scale, the requirement for the traveling exhibit organized by the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. Using almost every imaginable medium - including cast metal, carved wood, blown glass, woven fiber, paper mache, molded clay, found objects and even human hair - artists have packed each work full of thought-provoking detail. And after eight successful shows, organizers hail the high interest of the exhibition: "The traveling 'Shoebox Exhibitions' have generated an audience well beyond Hawaii's shores. Museums and university galleries throughout the United States, Taiwan, Guam, Japan, Canada and Mexico have presented the exhibitions, and they continue to enthusiastically anticipate hosting the next," said Tom Klobe, former director of the UH art gallery. The show opens at the MACC's Schaefer International Gallery today and continues through Dec. 14. Admission is free; for information, visit www.mauiarts.org.
“Papa Ku‘i‘ai,” the making of poi, is one image in a collection of digital photographs by Shane Tegarden. Tegarden’s show, “Ho‘omana‘o I Na Wa I Huliau,” offers viewers a window into old Hawaii.