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Ward Village Serves as Arts Hub, Winter - Spring 2019

Photo: Pow! Wow! Hawaii

Photo: Pow! Wow! Hawaii

As Ward Village continues to develop into a first-class master planned community, Howard Hughes has also fostered the creation of a thriving community. Part of this effort includes welcoming Honolulu’s artistic community into the neighborhood. There are a slew of upcoming art events happening in Ward Village this Winter and Spring! Read more below:

  • Ukulele Picnic, February 10, 2019: Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii was founded by the renowned Japanese musician & Ukulele music scene pioneer in Japan, Kazuyuki Sekiguchi from the band Southern All Stars. From the inaugural picnic in 2009, it has attracted more than 5000 people, and has become a fun music event for whole family! For the first time, the picnic was held in the brand-new Victoria Ward Park.

  • Pow! Wow! Hawaii, February 8 - February 22, 2019: Beginning in 2011 in Honolulu, Pow! Wow! Hawaii centers around murals and art. The festival has grown into a global network of artists and organizes art exhibitions, lecture series, schools for art and music, creative community spaces, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. Over the span of about three weeks, the festival brings over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art. As a home grown and independent art festival, POW! WOW! is now recognized as one of the most premier and well-curated art festivals in the world. POW! WOW! currently has festivals in over 15 cities that includes Honolulu, Austin, Washington D.C., Long Beach, Lancaster, Worcester, Israel, San Jose, Tokyo, Kobe, Taipei, Guam, Rotterdam, Kathmandu, Okayama, Tokyo, and Seoul.

  • Honolulu Biennial 2019, March 8 - May 5, 2019: The inaugural Honolulu Biennial occurred in 2017, and was a hit. This year’s festival is called “To Make Wrong / Right / Now,” and will bring together 19 artists and artist groups from Hawaii and 29 artists and artist groups from the Pacific, Asia. They’ll exhibit work at over a dozen locations across O’ahu, such as the Ali’iolani Hale, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, and Honolulu Museum of Art, with the hub located at Ward Village.  Co-curated by Scott Lawrimore and Nina Tonga. Follow their Facebook for updates as the date gets closer.

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Marc Benioff pays $7M to return rare Hawaiian war god relic to the islands

Photo: Jessica Ward Stephen, San Francisco Chronicle

Mahalo to Mr. Marc and Lynne Benioff for their generous display of aloha in donating a 200-year-old Hawaiian kii to the Bishop Museum. The Benioffs purchased the relic from Christie's in Paris for $7 million, with the intention of bringing the relic home to Hawaii for the public to enjoy and for education purposes. The carving was likely a relic of a temple on the Big Island, where King Kamehameha I prayed to Ku to unify the Hawaiian islands, Benioff said. The carving was likely a part of a wider collection of other sacred Hawaiian relics sent to Europe by missionaries. Benioff has also pledged to donate 100 percent of Red Cross emergency relief efforts related to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. The people of Hawaii are very grateful to the Benioffs for the commitment they have shown to our island state.

Read more about the precious relic from the San Francisco Chronicle, below:

A 200-year-old carving of the war god Ku has returned home to Hawaii after spending untold years abroad and in the hands of private collectors.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne, purchased the rare piece at a November auction at Christie’s in Paris, paying more than $7 million for the figure, which is less than 2 feet tall.

The San Francisco couple then donated the piece to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, which announced the acquisition this week.

“We felt strongly that this kii (Hawaiian for image) belonged in Hawaii for the education and benefit of its people,” Marc Benioff said.

The carving, made sometime between 1780 and 1819, had been in the collection of Claude Vérité, a Paris art dealer, who apparently acquired it in 1940. It’s unclear where the carving was before that.

Similar pieces are found only in museums, said Susan Kloman, head of African and Oceanic Art at Christie’s, in a description of the piece prior to the auction. She described the carving as “an incredible discovery.”

“When I first saw this figure I was astonished — really speechless,” she said. “We couldn’t imagine that such a work could still exist in a private collection.”

Benioff said he learned of the piece only a day before the auction, when Danny Akaka Jr., Hawaiian cultural practitioner and Bishop Museum board member, called to ask for the billionaire’s help.

The carving was probably part of a temple on the Big Island, where King Kamehameha I prayed to Ku to unify the Hawaiian islands, Benioff said. Missionaries presumably boxed it up along with other sacred Hawaiian relics and sent it to Europe.

It felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to return something like this to its home, Benioff added.

“It was either going to go back into someone’s living room for another 200 years,” he said, “or it was going to go back to Hawaii and be on display for the Hawaiian people.”

Benioff, who owns an estate in Hawaii, said he had to beat out a “significant bidder,” to get the item.

“It’s a spiritual item,” he said. “It’s not really something that should be held to help the power of one person.”

The carving was returned to the islands about a month ago — the land-eater idol arriving about a week before the eruption of the Kilauea volcano — the timing of which was not lost on Benioff.

The Salesforce founder has long had a connection to Hawaii. While an executive at Oracle, he decided to take a sabbatical and rented a beach hut on the Big Island of Hawaii.

He swam with dolphins and “embraced the spirit of Aloha,” according to Saleforce’s online information.

The billionaire signs his emails, “Aloha, Marc,” and likes wearing Hawaiian shirts. His company incorporates the aloha spirit — a belief in treating others with love and respect that translates into a corporate mission that includes spending 1 percent of its profit on philanthropic endeavors.

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Corporate conference rooms have names like Maka Launa or Hala Kahiki, and the top floors of buildings, including the one on San Francisco’s new Salesforce Tower, are called the Ohana, or family, floor.

In addition to the donation of art, Benioff has committed to funding 100 percent of Red Cross emergency relief efforts related to the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

But the billionaire businessman does not typically buy art. This was a departure from his philanthropic endeavors.

But it was “a big deal,” he said. “This is a very, very big deal.”

The kii is 20 inches tall and stands in a warrior pose. It is in the Kona style, made by carvers in that area of the largest of the Hawaiian islands during the reign of Kamehameha I, according to the Bishop Museum.

“Over the years, many of Hawaii’s cultural treasures have resided outside of Hawaii. Some have returned home, others not yet,” Akaka said in a statement this week. “Today we can celebrate the arrival of this kii to Hawaii and to the Bishop Museum where it will serve as a symbol of great cultural pride as well as a reflection of Hawaii’s spiritual past.”

The museum plans to make the carving a centerpiece in an exhibition opening in February.

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The Exquisite Art at Waiea

Every architectural masterpiece building needs equally as refined art to complement it.  The art at Waiea is no exception.  As soon as you drive up the porte cochere and when you walk through the doors, you are greeted with two exceptional pieces.  We wanted to find out more, Mahalo to the top-notch concierge team at Waiea for providing us with the below information

 

Waiea Porte Cochere: Versus, 2011 Bronze, Sir Anthony Douglas Cragg

 
 

Tony Cragg (English, b. 1949) is a contemporary English sculptor known for his public commissions and installations throughout the world. Hailed as one of Britain’s foremost sculptors, his work routinely explores the relationship between people and our material world through works fabricated from traditional materials such as glass and bronze to the unorthodox, like street refuse. He then takes his chosen medium and human gesture as a point of departure and improvisation to create dynamic and energetic works with deftly styled formal technique. Additionally, his past as a lab technician duly informed his early work, in which he created sculptural forms reminiscent of the test tubes, containers and industrial debris he worked with daily. He received his BA from Wimbledon School of Art and his MA from the Royal College of Art.  (Reference: Paddle8, Inc.)

To learn more about his work, visit his website here.

 
 

Commissioned Figure, Waiea Front Desk Lobby, Jeff Colson

 
 

For the past ten years Jeff Colson has been working on a series of sculptures, paintings and watercolors that focus on the ephemeral quality of paper, as a subject and a material. Each work depicts a peripheral accumulation of paper, once symbolic of the day-to-day frenzy of one’s life. As a single sheet it is barely there, but when accumulated, it becomes physical and symbolically loaded as information and the systematization of our daily existence. Colson recognizes that in an attempt to control chaos we are sometimes caught in a manic and desperate spiral to prevent the inevitable, the absurdity of this “Catch-22” is evidenced by the accumulation of almost everything that we desire, regardless of need. Ironically, now with the digital age, paper is on the brink of extinction. This existential view has been the underpinnings of most of his work, coupled with a desire to make objects from memory with all its distortion—a personal validation of acquisition.

Using his own handcrafted techniques, the elements of the work are carved, cut, sawn, sanded, painted, welded, and molded to replicate an object that is recognized at once for its intent and as absurd as an art object. Stacks (2014-2015) is an amalgam of three happenstance load-bearing objects: desk, drop leaf table and a milk crate supporting an ever increasing and ominous mountain of paper stacked like performance bar graphs. These comically wobbly towers of paper, the residue of well-intentioned ambitions seem touching in their sincerity, and the act of attempting insurmountable odds, a universal experience. 

The artist lives and works in Pasadena, California. (Reference: Maloney Fine Art Gallery).

For more information, please visit Jeff's website here.

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Sig Zane partners with Ward Village in design project

From left: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Brandy-Alia Serikaku, Sig Zane and Kuhaʻo Zane of Sig Zane. Photo via Pacific Business News

The Howard Hughes Corporation has announced a very exciting partnership with local art talent Sig Zane and his innovative, kind, and creative team.  Through this partnership, stories and history of the land Ward Village sits on will be told throughout the community.

Read more from Pacific Business News' story, below:

Hawaii artist Sig Zane will begin creating designs in Ward Village through a community design partnership.

Zane’s Hilo-based design-service company, Sig Zane Kaiao, will visually translate the story of Ward Village and its history through a series of patterns, logos and artwork that will be featured throughout the urban Honolulu neighborhood, according to a statement issued Thursday.

The partnership between the local artist and the 60-acre Honolulu community was formed through Ann Harakawa of Two Twelve and cultural expert Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, who has assisted with naming the residential towers in Ward Village.

The partnership will focus on incorporating the history of the land into a visual narrative of Ward Village.

"Our entire team has embraced the opportunity to learn about Ward Village and to play a part in what's being done to revitalize Honolulu's urban core,” Sig Zane said in a statement. “We look forward to creating a visual narrative for a community that truly embraces its history and culture."

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