Celebration of the Arts – Featured Artists

 

Meet the Artists

 

Hoaka Delos Reyes

“Kalai Pohaku” (stone carver), is an accomplished practitioner and stone carver, residing in Haiku, Maui. His art may weigh an ounce, or up to a ton, or more. “When you work with pohaku (stone), you don’t shape it, IT shapes YOU.”

Kekai Kapu

“Mea Kaua” (Hawaiian weapons) – is a resident of Kula, Maui but with a long history of genealogy that is tied to beautiful Kauaula Valley of Lahaina. His works vary from Hawaiian weapons to the working tools of that Neolithic age…now highly appreciated as an art form of patience and skill. “I walk in the footsteps of my ancestors and they are the one’s that help me to carve.

John “Keoni” Aweau Turalde

“Kalai Pahu” (Drum Carver) – is from the town of Hilo, Hawaii and has made his annual journey to The Celebration of the Arts for 20 years. His pahu (drums) can be found throughout Hawaii in the hands of many hula practitioners and musicians. “Once I begin with the coconut stump…the vision just comes to me and my hands keep moving.”

Leonani Pahukoa-Meyer

Lei Hulu (Feather work) – Born in the serenity of the Ke’anae Peninsula, Leo attended Kamehameha Schools Kapalama on Oahu. Never forgetting her roots and genealogy, feather art peaked her interest 32 years ago and she continues to teach and create with the smile and energy befitting her kupuna (elders). “Feathers were used to adorn our royalty and I am part of that heritage that perpetuates my culture today.”

BettyHay Freeland

Oil Painting – An annual supporter of The Celebration of the Arts. Her paintings allow you to bring the landscape of Maui home with you with brilliant accuracy and colors.

Cindy Conklin

Paper Petroglyph Art—The featured artist for the signature piece of the 23’rd Annual Celebration of the Arts. “I na…Imagine.” This piece reflects the imagination and true grit of the ancient wayfinders of Polynesia…as well as the new endeavor of Hokule’a as she circumnavigates the globe.

Calvin Hoe

Ohe hano iho—Hawaiian Nose Flutes – Musician, practitioner, taro farmer, teacher and activist. Calvin lives a full life of Hawaiian values. Fashion your own nose flute and learn to play.

George Allan

Oil Painting – Kula resident, and renown artist. George has been with the event since its inception and never fails to be one of the first to want to share.

Kathy U’u

Maui Ocean Jewelry – Hawaii’s gems gathered from the shores of Maui come to life as beautiful pieces of jewelry. A great opportunity to create your gift for mom.

Suzy Papanikolas

Cultural Art – Born in Laguna Beach, California…but with the minds eye of a Hawaiian. Suzy manages to capture the heart and soul of her subjects as they dance, chant, work and be…na mea Hawaii…all things Hawaiian.

Shauna Morrison

Hand Fabricated Art Jewelry – “From my early teens, I have been an admirer and Collector of stones. After an inspiring trip to Ecuador, this passion led me to choose art as my full-time. Profession. Shauna is another of the dedicated artists from the Village Galleries that commit their time and expertise to The Celebration of the Arts year after year.

Frank Andrews

Petroglyph Art – “There is just something about petroglyphs being made in these remote spots that are mysterious. Some of these are masterpieces of primitive art.” Frank is now translating them into sculptures for the past 26 years and flies with his wife from Arizona each year to participate and share his talents.

Sarai Stricklin

Batik on Material- Born on the island of Oahu, Sarai has also resided on Moloka’i and Maui where she has her current home. Her art is a fusion of the cultural stories and impressions of these islands with the ancient art form of Batik.

Carleton Kinkade

Mixed Media – Carleton’s paintings are always uplifting and optimistic. “I am drawn to subjects in Lahaina that are undeveloped, showing Maui’s natural drama, and subjects showing our unique island life style, especially the harbors.”

Casey McLain

Mixed Media – “I am an oil painter capturing life from the island of Maui. Over the years, I have painted everything from wine to waves, from realism to Impressionism. Color, color, color. I am very passionate about colors. If the color is good…I like it. If the color is perfect…I love it!”

Joe Fletcher

Petroglyph Art – “There is just something about petroglyphs being made in these remote spots that are mysterious. Some of these are masterpieces of primitive art.” Frank is now translating them into sculptures for the past 26 years and flies with his wife from Arizona each year to participate and share his talents.

Kahuna Ali’i Bula Logan

Hawaiian Healing Arts- Traditional Hawaiian medicine comes in various forms including “lua” for bone setting, diagnosing illness through touch, ho’oponopono for spiritual healing, and La’au lapa’au or herbal medicine. Cultural practitioner Bula Logan utilizes all of these, combined with prayer, protocol, and chant in explaining traditional Hawaiian medicines.

Calistor “Junior” Palos

Wood Sculpting- Calisto Palos, or “Junior” as he is called, has been handcrafting woods since an early age when he learned from his grandfather. He uses koa wood, milo, mango, kamani, wiliwili and hau wood to create various items and art objects which are of heirloom quality. With every creation, Calisto is keeping alive the true Hawaiian culture of his ancestors and his children.

U’ilani Naho’olewa

Kapa Making – A graphic designer by trade, U’ilani devotes nearly all of her spare time to perpetuating the art of creating kapa pieces…Hawaii’s visual art. “I am not just tinkering, but channeling. They must have been like us, looking at the vibrant coral reefs and thinking: how can I get that color into my next piece?”

Pohaku u Kaho’ohanohano

Lauhala Weaving-  Pohaku bears a strong sense of responsibility not only to perpetuate the craft, but also to honor the individuality of each weaver. Each family has their signature style. “To know the history and knowledge behind each piece is greater than just copying a design.” Hats are Pohaku’s “canvas”…a way to keep ancient patters alive.