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Makalua: New works by Carl F.K. Pao and Kupa'a Hee


This new work is based on the theme on the theme of Maka or Maka Lua… Kupa'a will do large ceramic sculptures. Carl will work with paintings and prints previewed on The ARTS at Marks Garage website, Instagram and Facebook accounts leading up to the show. Both provide powerful and beautiful indigenous symbolism re-interpreted for new audiences. The Makahiki season was the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival, in honor of the god Lono. Many religious ceremonies happened during this period. War was kapu (forbidden) and people stopped work, threw away their cell phones, made offerings, and spent time practicing sports, feasting, dancing and having a good time.

As the works develop, the pieces and forms have been bouncing off of each other. Kūpaʻa has been doing sculptures influenced by Carl’s paintings and that of Cory Taum. Now Carl’s more recent paintings are inspired by Kūpaʻa sculptures. The student learning from the teacher and the teacher learning from the student. Two sets of eyes--Makalua.Carl will present at least 10 pieces ranging in size from 48"h x 48"w to 60"h x 40"w to 74"h x 56"w. Carl will also have smaller works of 6"h x 4"w.  These are 7-10 in number. The prices will range according to size.

Carl is a Contemporary Hawaiian Artist/Educator born, raised, living and working in the city of Honolulu, on the island of Oʻahu. He earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ('94) and a Master's of Fine Arts (w/ First Class Honours) from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland ('99). Carl has been teaching full-time at the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School since 2000, and works in the media of painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and more. Kūpaʻa is a former student of Carl’s who has since shown at several important exhibit’s including a solo show at ii Gallery. As a modern Hawaiian, brought up in Eastern, Western and Pacific traditions, he gravitates towards historical events and people who have successfully found ways to meld multiple cultures in hopes that he may do so within himself: leaning on the past to inform the future.  

Kūpaʻa will have approximately 10 pieces for the show.  Several smaller ceramic pieces will be horizontally oriented and measure around 16"x10"x5".  The larger two ceramic pieces will be 5 to 6 ft in height and 1 to 2 ft in diameter. 

This show is curated by The ARTS at Marks Garage curator and Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts Executive Director, Rich Richardson. We are an independent, non-profit, sanctuary for collaboration, freedom of expression, and the arts. This year The ARTS at Marks Garage attracted over 40,000 people for lectures, workshops, screenings, exhibits and performances. Over the past 13 years we have served the equivalent of nearly every single person in the City of Honolulu.

Gallery Hours: Noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Please contact: Rich at 521-2903 or rich@artsatmarks.com for more information. High resolution images available upon request.

Nine more Chinatown Artists Lofts opening

Early 2016
400 to 700 square feet at $900 - $1,500 per month plus utilities. 
Send us an email if you would like an updated application or more information.

Join our community of creative professionals including dancers, painters, musicians, actors, sculptors and writers. HAPA: Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts is accepting applications for lofts in a century-old historic building overlooking a peaceful courtyard of tropical landscaping in the historic "it" building of downtown Honolulu.



A year-round research-based after school arts mentoring program where teenagers learn about arts industries, deepen intellectual and social skills associated with arts-based learning, and have opportunities for college and careers in and through the arts.

Teens rebrand notorious "Paradise Lost" former drug den on Hotel Street with D.I.Y. barrel of monkeys.

Teens rebrand notorious "Paradise Lost" former drug den on Hotel Street with D.I.Y. barrel of monkeys.


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First known as the Hawaiian village of Kou and later Honolulu, the best deep sea port in Hawai'i facilitated the growth of Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu. The area became the island's business and cultural hub, a bar, red light district, and gateway for Hawai'i's immigrants, especially the Chinese and the Japanese. For over 200 years, this is where locals have come to shop, dine, and play.

The Chinatown and Downtown area has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has become the trendiest destination for local restaurants, clothing boutiques, novelty shops, and live entertainment. The ARTS at Marks recently received a Flipkey Trip Advisor award for best museum worth traveling for!

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