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CONTACT(ed) 2015

Exhibition Dates: July 14 - August 28, Tues - Sat, 12-5pm
Reception and First Friday: August 7, 6-9pm

CONTACT is an annual juried exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of “contact” as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people and their experiences. In its second year, CONTACT 2015 was originally presented at the Honolulu Museum of Art School in April 2015 and is now being reinterpreted at The ARTS at Mark’s Garage, open from July 14 - August 28. 

The exhibition was curated and juried by Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu, former Bishop Museum curator and current specialist at University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s American Studies department, and Ngahiraka Mason, Indigenous curator, Māori Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aotearoa. The 2,000 sq. ft. exhibition will featured an array of new two and three dimensional works, as well as site-specific installations on the front area of the School lawn, around the construct of CONTACT. 

Artists were been asked to respond to this “americanization” period in Hawai’i from the 1890s through the 1930s. The writings of John Dominis Holt, a native Hawaiian Ali’i, writer, publisher, philanthropist, art collector and philosopher, were considered by artists as a source of insight and inspiration.  In particular the seminal monograph, On Being Hawaiian, dissects some of the intensity of “contact” from this period.

During this pivotal, post Hawaiian nationhood period, the course of island history had been set; a self-anointed provisional government took over leadership of the Hawaiian Islands, the Territory of Hawaii had an appointed Governor, the US military built a dozen installations, hotels bloomed in Waikiki as visitors flocked to the islands, and no tariffs on “imports” to the continent made Hawai’i the capital of sugar production in America. This time period marked an intense period of contact around heritage, history, continuity, resilience, resistance, integration and change.

The exhibition will feature works by CONTACT 2015 artists: ʻImaikalani Kalahele, Marika Emi, Kalani Largusa, Solomon Enos, Drew Broderick, Hanale Hopfe, Jerry Vasconcellos, Charlton Kupa’a Hee, Nanea Lum, Kahi Ching, Kauʻi Chun, Harinani Orme, Debbie Young, KC Grennan, Duane Preble, Momi Greene, Jan Becket, Charlie Dickson and Les FIlter Feeders.

CONTACT 2015 was generously sponsored by the Maoli Arts Alliance (MA’A) an initiative of Pu‘uhonua Society, Na Mea Hawai’i, WCIT Architecture, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs, working to improve the lives of the Native Hawaiian community.

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The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (HSF) celebrates its fourteenth season at The ARTS at Marks Garage in the center of the vibrant downtown arts district. This year, HSF continues its post-canon-completion tradition of scheduling experimental or non- Shakespeare plays alongside traditional works. The upcoming season includes a commedia dell’arte rep, opening July 10; Winter’s Tale, opening July 24; and Othello, opening August 14.

The commedia rep features two shows running on alternate nights, improvised in the style of commedia dell’arte—with broad, physical comedy, leather masks, and archetypal characters—around scenarios inspired by Shakespeare. The first, Temper, Temper, Tempest, a riff on the Bard’s final play, features a hack magician with a chip on his shoulder and touch of real magic, his beautiful daughter, and a storm of epic proportions. The second, Dromio and Juliet, is a mash-up of Romeo and Juliet with Comedy of Errors, featuring forbidden love and two households both alike in more ways than one. The rep is adapted and directed by HSF co-founder and producer Tony Pisculli, and stars HSF and local improv scene veterans Garrick Paikai, Diana Wan, and Po`okela-award winners Stephanie Keiko Kong and Victoria Brown-Wilson.

The season continues with Winter’s Tale, the solo-directorial debut of Eleanor Svaton who co-directed Timon of Athens and assistant directed the Henry VI trilogy andMerry Wives of Windsor. Winter’s Tale, while lesser known, is one of Shakespeare’s most ambitious plays in terms of the scope story and variety of spectacle. The play’s treatment of women and children in a world ruled by men raises difficult questions still relevant 400 years later. Starring Reb Beau Allen as Leontes, Rachael Uyeno as Herminoe and Joe Abraham as Polixenes.

The Festival concludes with Othello, a tale of love, lies, jealousy and revenge, and considered to be one of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies. Directed by Festival co-found R. Kevin Garcia Doyle and starring Q as Othello, Shawn Forsythe as Iago, Sharon R. Garcia Doyle as Emilia, with Jaime Bradner and Christine Lamborn sharing the role of Desdemona and her shadow.

Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets by calling 1-800-838- 3006 or online at HawaiiShakes.org. Prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, $15 on Thursdays and $10 on Wednesdays. Remaining tickets are available at the door, for that night’s performance only, for an additional $5. There are no other discounts. For more information, including maps and directions, visit HawaiiShakes.org.

Temper, Temper, Tempest
Friday, July 10, 7:30pm, $20
Sunday, July 12, 3:30pm, $20
Thursday, July 16, 7:30pm, $15
Saturday, July 18, 7:30pm, $20

Dromio and Juliet
Saturday, July 11, 7:30pm, $20
Wednesday, July 15, 7:30pm, $10
Friday, July 17, 7:30pm, $20
Sunday, July 19, 3:30pm, $20


Friday, July 24, 7:30pm, $20
Saturday, July 25, 7:30pm, $20
Sunday, July 26, 3:30pm, $20
Wednesday, July 29, 7:30pm, $10 Thursday, July 30, 7:30pm, $15
Friday, July 31, 7:30pm, $20
Saturday, August 1, 7:30pm, $20
Sunday, August 2, 3:30pm, $20


Friday, August 14, 7:30pm, $20
Saturday, August 15, 7:30pm, $20
Sunday, August 16, 3:30pm, $20 Wednesday, August 19, 7:30pm, $10 Thursday, August 20, 7:30pm, $15
Friday, August 21, 7:30pm, $20
Saturday, August 22, 7:30pm, $20
Sunday, August 23, 3:30pm, $20

Ticket prices: $20 Friday/Saturday/Sunday ($25 at the door), $15 Thursday ($20 at the door), $10 Wednesday ($15 at the door)

Tickets on sale through Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006 and HawaiiShakes.org



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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