HoMA “O Kalani” exhibition features contemporary Native Hawaiian artists

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In October, the Honolulu Museum of Art once again reopened its doors for in-person visits. Its latest exhibition, O Kalani, features works by Native Hawaiian artists Sean Kekamakupa’aikapono Ka’onohiokalani Lee Loy Browne and Imaikalani Kalahele. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson got a chance to experience the art firsthand at the museum.

The exhibition includes exquisite sculptures and paintings which have never been on public display before. The title O Kalani translates to “from the heavens,” referencing the Hawaiian worldview of our relationship with the divine, while also acknowledging the names of both artists.

Browne is known for his large public works of art honoring historic and legendary figures, and using Hawaiian iconography in contemporary ways. The contemporary sculptor was born in Hilo and attended Kamehameha Schools, later earning a BA in studio art from the University of Redlands in 1975.

Kalahele employs an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on material from both the past and current events to create engaging art narratives. He is a native Hawaiian poet, artist, and musician whose work has appeared in anthologies of native Hawaiian literature, such as Mālama: Hawaiian Land and Water (1985), and in the journal ‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal.

The museum continues to prioritize and safeguard the health of the community with enhanced safety measures including requiring all guests and employees to wear masks and practice social distancing, thoroughly and regularly sanitizing all shared spaces, and monitoring both the flow and maximum capacity in our galleries and indoor spaces.

The museum’s new extended hours, launched back in July, are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be reserved in advance at honolulumuseum.org or secured at the door. The museum’s popular Pau Hana Friday evenings, which are free to Hawaii residents, will continue throughout the rest of the year every Friday from 4 – 9 p.m.

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