Ku'u home o MOKU
Home within a Changing Landscape
featuring works in ink and oils by Mealaaloha Bishop and Nanea Lum
November 3rd - 24th 2017
The ARTS at Marks Garage
1159 Nu'uanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817
Wahi pana are land markers of Hawaiian ancestral histories in the landscape. These places hold the histories and genealogies of Hawaiian ancestors in a physical and metaphysical space. The meta or conceptual way Hawaiians catographed the physical, material, and spiritual world of Hawaii is through the intrinsic relationship between the land and language.
Moku is the Hawaiian word that means island, or land division, land is further divided by ahupua'a and 'ili. The recollection and experience of Moku o Ko'olaupoko and Ko'olauloa are a theme explored by artists, Nanea Lum and Meala Bishop through plein air painting methods.
The method developed by the artists utilizes the natural water of Waiahole and He'eia with acrylic ink wash to create a context for wahi pana, (a Hawaiian conceptual cartography of ancestral place) the permanence of two dimensional form.
The Disappearing Landscape is a reference, that means to Meala Bishop, the collected memories of 'aina through time, change, loss, and perseverance. The reference means to Nanea Lum, a conceptual painting process that documents Hawaiian ancestral places, materially; this supports the preservation of land and language resources for people of Hawaii. Natural resource management by systems of ancestral care taking (kuleana, malama 'aina) are proven successful by the histories of the people who take care of the wahi pana of Ko'olaupoko. Taking part in experiences of malama 'aina and remembering to use that knowledge, is the system that works to preserve disappearing landscapes.