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November 6, 2008
The Maui News

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

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“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.



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