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Worldwide Voyage: Hawai’i Shares its Culture With the World Exhibition

Volcano Art Center is proud to announce the exhibition Worldwide Voyage: Hawai’i Shares Its Culture With The World.  This fine art exhibition presents the navigational story of the Hōkūleʻa’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, told through photographs, cultural items and art inspired by the voyage.  The exhibit will be open to the public on May 20th through July 2nd at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.

Star Compass by David Reisland

The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage has taken the iconic sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa around the Earth, and her sister canoe Hikianalia around the Pacific, to promote a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Mālama Honua (caring of Island Earth) mission seeks to engage communities worldwide in the practice of sustainable living while sharing Polynesian culture, learning from the past and from each other, creating global relationships, and inspiring action to care for and discover the wonders of  Earth.  Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hōkūle‘a will have sailed approximately 60,000 nautical miles and made stops in 27 countries and 100 ports, weaving a “Lei of Hope” around the world.

During the voyage, Hōkūleʻa and her crew have been greeted and visited by global peace and ocean conservation leaders such as His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki­moon, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jackson Brown, Sir Richard Branson and Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr.

Hōkūleʻa in New York Harbor

The exhibition on display consists of a collection of mounted photographs, cultural items, and art curated by Gary Eoff.  The photographs, provided by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, offer a first-hand account of the navigation, ports visited and the stories of the individual navigators. The cultural items, made by Ed Kaneko and his students, as well as Gary Eoff illustrate primitive wayfaring methods and supplies used on ancient voyages.  A few of the items traveled on the canoe to The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as part of the voyage.  Art work including a star compass table by David Reisland and wood bowls by Cliff Johns will also be on display.

Guided By The Stars by Gary Eoff

“Volcano Art Center wishes to extend a huge mahalo the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the ‘Oiwi Television Network and the individual photographers for sharing the visual story with us,” states Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss.    “Their mission to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire communities to respect and care for themselves, each other, and their natural and cultural environments, is truly something we support”, continues Weiss.

“Volcano Art Center and the artists we represent have been inspired by the courage of this voyage.  Navigating using only ancient wayfinding practices, without modern instruments, using stars, winds and waves is remarkable.  While most people are turning to technology for everything, it is absolutely refreshing to witness the opposite.  Timing the exhibit with the completion of the actual voyage is no accident. We hope to honor the homecoming by sharing with the canoe and crew just how much their strength, determination and knowledge has inspired us.”

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through arts and education.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Please visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Volcano Art Center’s Christmas in the Country

Volcano Art Center’s presents “Christmas in the Country”:

VAC Christmas

Ho, Ho, Ho! Volcano Comedy Show!

Back by popular demand, Volcano Art Center is reuniting the best in local entertainment for a new comedy showcase with a holiday twist.

“Ho, Ho, Ho! Volcano Comedy Show!” will feature a hilarious lineup of the Big Island’s most amusing merry-makers to brighten your spirits and leave you laughing all the way ho–ho–home. With two side-splitting shows to choose from, there’s enough festive fun for everyone this holiday season.

Tickets are on sale now for the evening performance on Saturday, December 15 at 6:30pm and the matinee on Sunday, December 16 at 2:00pm. Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone at (808) 967-8222 for $12 or $10 for VAC members.

“Ho, Ho, Ho! Volcano Comedy Show!” will be held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime and both shows are expected to sell out early. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org .


Visual Artists Call to Action – Innovative New Project Working to Support and Promote Visual Artists

There’s an innovative new project, launched just eight weeks ago by Volcano Art Center, that is working to create useful and enriching connections for Hawaii Island’s visual artists.

Inspired by the statistic which states Hawaii ranks #3 of the 50 states with fine artists and craftspeople (from the 2006 National Endowment for the Arts report, “Artists in the Workforce”), VAC launched the Hawaii Island Network of Artists project (HINA) to learn about the economic and social impact artists have on our island.

“Hawaii Island artists are an economic driver for our County and collectively these artists make up an unrecognized creative workforce,” says Tanya Aynessazian, VAC’s Chief Executive Officer.

Aynessazian adds, “The NEA report says that 15 out of every 10,000 residents is an artist. Given our involvement in this community, we are certain Hawaii Island has far more than 270 visual artists.”

This year-long project consists of two key components:

  • A survey to count and understand the economic and social contributions of local artists.
  • A website to act as a marketing tool and resource directory to further the project’s impact and provide immediate benefit to local artists. Each artist who takes the survey and holds a GET license can choose to have a FREE personal web page with a link to his/her website or contact info on www.HINArtists.org.

Over the next six months, the HINA project is continuing to host community meetings in each district of the island, including one at UH Hilo on Wednesday, October 24. With three meetings under their belts, Aynessazian and HINA Project Manager, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, are grateful for the response to the project so far.

“I’m very excited about what this project will do for our creative community,” says DeEtte Shafto. “It’s not enough to know Hawaii Island has more than 270 visual artists; we need to prove it.”

DeEtte Shafto has set a goal of representing 150 artists on the HINA website before she starts marketing the project to major media outlets. “And to do that, we need the help of individual artists,” she says. “If you’re a visual artist, all you have to do is download the survey on our website, fill it out and send it in.”

“Our project funding is finite,” states DeEtte Shafto. “We need help from our artist community to reach our goal of 150 participating artists before the end of the year.”

Visual artists and art collectors are invited to attend the free community meetings to learn more about the project, as well as discuss the needs of local artists.

Future meetings are scheduled as follows:

October 24, 2012, 5:30–7pm:  University of Hawaii Hilo, Room UCB 127, Hilo

November 7, 2012, 5:30–7pm:  NHERC, 45-539 Plumeria Street, Honokaa

November 15, 2012, 5:30–7pm:  Kohala Intergenerational Center, 54-3853 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapaau

January 24, 2013, 5:30–7pm:  SKEA, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook

February 7, 2013, 5:30–7pm:  Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa

March 7, 2013, 5:30–7pm:  Naalehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu

Artists have only six more months to get involved and show the collective impact they make on our island. The opportunity to be added to the website and be included in the planned print catalog closes on April 15, 2013 when the data compilation begins.

To download the survey or discover talented artists, visit www.HINArtists.org. You can also connect on Facebook at facebook.com/HINArtists, on Twitter at @HINArtists, through email at info@HINArtists.org or call Volcano Art Center directly at (808) 967-8222.

Hawaii Island Network of Artists is supported in part with funding from Hawaii County. Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Volcano Art Center Invites the Crafty to Come Unhinged

Join award-winning artist Charlene Asato for a crafting workshop like non other: Piano Hinge, Unhinged on Saturday, October 20, 2012 will dispel the mysteries of the piano hinge structure to guide you through the process of creating a decorative, functional and unique hand-bound book.

Charlene Asato

Charlene Asato is a renowned Big Island artist whose works have been praised in many juried shows. She avidly pursues book arts, paper arts, photography, calligraphy and doll arts. This whimsical and creative workshop of her design will inspire you to explore the potential for sculpturally and texturally rich homemade books using all kinds of imaginative materials.

Piano Hinge, Unhinged with Charlene Asato will be held Saturday, October 20 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Cost is $35 or $31.50 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee.

For more information and to reserve your space, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact VAC’s Program Coordinator Julie Callahan at (808) 967-8222 or julie@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

3rd Annual Rain Forest Run

It’s time to lace up, stretch out and get ready to Run Rain Forest, Run! Volcano Art Center (VAC) presents the 3rd annual Rain Forest Runs on Saturday, August 18, 2012 under the leadership of Sharron Faff, race director for the Kona Marathon.

“Rain Forest Runs is a fun-filled family event that brings in needed awareness about the Hawaiian rainforest and attracts viable business to the greater Volcano community,” stated Faff.

Once again featuring a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races, Rain Forest Runs boasts cool temperatures and cooler views as runners and walkers traverse through the Niaulani Rain Forest in Volcano Village on Hawaii’s Big Island. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Cooper Center, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Hawaii and takes place at 4,000 feet above sea level just minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the most active and visited volcanoes in the world, Kilauea.

The 5K and 10K participants weave through the lush native rain forest on the mostly flat, tranquil roads of Volcano Village while the Half Marathon course continues into the hills of the surrounding ranch lands, treating racers to breathtaking panoramic views of the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

This year, an opening ceremony is planned for 6:30am to kick off the day’s festivities. The Half Marathon start time is scheduled for 7:00am, the 10K starts at 7:30am and the 5K starts at 7:45am. Race day registration for the 5K and 10K only begins at 6:00am; there is no race day registration for the Half Marathon. The ever-popular Keiki Runs begin at 10:00am.

Runners and their guests are invited to attend a complimentary Welcome Reception on Friday, August 17 from 11:00am–1:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Packet pickup and registration is also available on the same day from 10:00am–6:00pm. In preparation for race day, indulge in a “carbo-load” pasta and salad bar dinner on Friday from 5:00–7:00pm at The Cooper Center located at 19-4030 Wright Road in Volcano Village.

Pricing through July: Half Marathon–$65, 10K–$40, 5K–$30. Pricing as of August 1: Half Marathon–$75, 10K–$45, 5K–$35. Each race event starts and finishes at The Cooper Center. Local artists have donated handcrafted art awards for top three overall, male, female, military and age division winners, and registered participants all receive souvenir race t-shirts.

Registration forms are available online at www.rainforestruns.com and at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. For more information or to learn about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact race director Sharron Faff at (808) 967-8240 or race@volcanoartcenter.org.

St. Patricks Day Concert at Volcano Arts Center Featuring Brittni Paiva, Keoki Kahumoku and Aloha Bluegrass

Volcano Art Center’s Spring Concert Series kicks off this Saint Patrick’s Day with an “Evening of Green” for the whole family to enjoy. Surrounded by the lush forest and historic setting of the National Park, Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theater will come alive March 17th with a night of unforgettable performances from Brittni Paiva, Keoki Kahumoku and Aloha Bluegrass.

Brittni Paiva

Guests are invited to “wear green and share green” according to Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “Sharing the arts, including the musical arts, is our mission. We believe in keeping art accessible and affordable for all, but in truth it’s the generous donations from our community that bring these great events to Volcano.”

Keoki Kahumoku

“We must have the luck of the Irish with such a distinguished lineup of musical talent,” stated Concerts Coordinator David Wallerstein. “Aloha Bluegrass will be opening the show with a bang, and the featured Hawaiian musicians are both local favorites. This will be one fun night!”

Wallerstein stated that he expects this concert to sell out quickly, adding “we hope this wonderful evening will ignite a passion for music in all who attend… and maybe inspire a few donations too if we’re lucky.”

Brittni Paiva, Hilo’s own “Ukulele Darling” is a Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has been making beautiful music since the age of four. Now at 23 her preferred instrument is the ukulele, but Paiva also expertly plays piano, guitar, bass and drums. She recently released her first DVD, Living Ukulele and soon will be releasing her fifth album produced by renowned jazz saxophonist Tom Scott.

Fifth generation slack-key guitarist and multi Grammy Award winning recording artist Keoki Kahumoku is a Big Island native with deep roots in both Hawaii’s music and cultural heritage. He began performing with his father George Kahumoku, Jr. and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku as a hobby, but discovered a passion for sharing music through performing, teaching and mentoring. Much like his father, Kahumoku’s performance is as much about his relaxed, engaging ‘talk story’ style as it is about his extensive Hawaiian repertoire.

San Francisco’s Aloha Bluegrass is well known for captivating crowds with their driving rhythms, soaring fiddling, hot picking and sweet, tight harmonies. Their roots are deep in the traditions of Old Time, Bluegrass, and Country Blues while they seamlessly blend the best from Hawaiian, Irish, Cajun, Western Swing and more. Their enthusiastic, expressive style is sure to set a lively atmosphere for the rest of the night.

The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with $20.00 tickets available for advance purchase at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, at VAC Art Gallery or online at www.volcanoartcenter.org. For more information, contact David at (808) 967-8222 or concerts@volcanoartcenter.com.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

Dia de los Muertos at the Volcano Arts Center

This year, Volcano Art Center and East Hawaii Cultural Center are collaborating in the remembrance of loved ones who have passed away with a two-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.”  Based on the actual dates of this ancient cultural celebration, Dia de los Muertos will take place on November 1st and 2nd, 2011 in both Hilo and Volcano.  During this event, Volcano Art Center will host an exhibit of artwork based on the subject of death, loss, mortality and the passage of time, ending with a fiesta celebration of life on the evening of the second day. With traditional art, food, a community shrine and costumed procession through town, participants of all ages are invited to join in the festivities with skeletal face painting or masks.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos celebrations are often lively, colorful gatherings of friends and family who bring flowers, photos, mementos and even the favorite foods of their loved ones to create memorials or “altars.” Lee Walczuk, local performance artist and theater aficionado, brought notice to the event in past years by creating shrines and activities “in contemplation of the inevitability of our mortality and the dearly departed.”

On Tuesday, November 1, an evening procession takes place in downtown Hilo, beginning and ending at the East Hawaii Cultural Center.  Participants are encouraged to dress in themed attire and bring flowers and candles in jars to illuminate the path with light and color.  Personal sentiments may also be shared in short, individual readings of three minutes or less.


Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

On Wednesday, November 2, guests are invited to dine and dance the night away in a decorative, energetic finale at Volcano Art Center.  Tickets go on sale October 8, 2011 and are available for purchase by calling (808) 967-8222.  Advance tickets are $12 or $15 at the door.  Attendees will savor complimentary pupus, community art and special entertainment.  Art will be available for purchase as well as limited edition Dia de los Muertos jewelry by Artist Amy Flanders.  Participants cast their votes for the most impactful, inspirational and festive submissions from artists of all ages who contribute to the exhibition and awards presented.

In anticipation of this spectacular event, free Shrine Making and Mexican Folk Art activities are offered at both Volcano Art Center and East Hawaii Cultural Center in the weeks preceding the event.  Those inspired may contribute to the community shrine by lending their own memorial objects, photos, flowers or embellishments to the display.  For details on this event, visit Volcano Art Center’s Dia de los Muertos page at www.volcanoartcenter.org. To find out how to get involved, contact Anne Catlin at community@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization created in 1974. VAC promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i through the arts and education.

Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Jeff Peterson to Perform on the Big Island Saturday February 5th

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Born on the Island of Maui, multiple Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy, at the Haleakala Ranch. As a performer, Jeff has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists and groups including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, jazz bassist Rufus Reid, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, the acclaimed string quartet Ethel, and with many other artists in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. He has four recordings with Riley Lee: “Maui Morning”, “Bamboo Slack Key”, “Haiku”, and “Haleakala”. Volcano Art Center will be presenting Jeff Peterson on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Kilauea Military Camp Theater in Volcanoes National Park.

Jeff Peterson at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He also released five solo guitar recording featuring his slack key artistry, “Maui On My Mind”, “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “The Artistry of Jeff Peterson”, and “Pure Slack Key”. Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reacted to hearing the CDs by writing: “Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection”, “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release”. He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.

Jeff Peterson and Kuhao Zane after winning their 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He recently had the honor of performing for former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton on the island of Kauai on two separate occasions. He achieved a milestone in Hawaiian music at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13th, 2005, when a recording featuring Jeff and other island artists, “Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2”, won the first ever Grammy Award for best Hawaiian recording. He is also featured on the recording that won the 2010 Grammy Award in the Hawaiian music category. His latest solo CD, “Maui On My Mind” won the 2010 Hoku Award for Best Slack Key Album and was just nominated for a Grammy Award.

Tickets are $40.00 for the first 7 rows and $25.00 for the remainder of the Theater but all seats in the house are reserved. $10.00 for students with student ID. 10% off for Members of Volcano Art Center and Seniors. 50% off for all members of the United States Military. Please call David Wallerstein at 808-967-8222 for tickets or visit the Volcano Art Center Niulani Campus or the VAC Art Gallery. Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for information and to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance 1 hour before scheduled concert time at theater Box Office. The Volcano Art Center is thankful to all the Members of the VAC for making this concert possible.