TALK: Ē Luku Wale Ē



Starting in February of 2016, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, in partnership with community groups, is pleased to present a series of TALK programs focusing on Ē Luku Wale Ē: Devastation Upon Devastation by Piliāmo‘o, a collaborative name for photographers Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf.

These hosted programs are designed to bring the local community together with humanities perspectives to discuss and think about Hawai‘i’s recent history regarding large-scale public projects and the use of sacred lands and places and the people who claim them. The aim of TALK is to engage multiple viewpoints by bringing awareness and raising questions to generate more knowledge about the Hawai‘i Interstate H-3 project, which remains as one of the most contested projects in Hawai‘i and serves as a timely reminder of current ones.

The opportunity to discuss these issues will help to understand and uncover what was literally covered over, or displaced, and finally dismantled, to complete the Hawai‘i Interstate H-3 Highway, formally known as the John A. Burns Freeway.

Ē Luku Wale Ē serves several significant functions: to photo-document sacred sites, as they were and as they are erased; to tell the history of a massive engineering project that created the H-3 freeway–a route that traverses people and cars from Hālawa Valley through the Ko‘olau range, emerging above Ha‘ikū Valley, winding its way down into Kāne‘ohe; and to visually and verbally lament the loss of what was and what had deep meaning to Native Hawaiians.

Authors’ Discussion and Q&A

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Book Signing 1-2 p.m.
Discussion 2-3:30 p.m.

Windward Community College

Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101-105
45-720 Kea‘ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe

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For the first TALK program, the following photographers and contributors who worked on Ē Luke Wale Ē shared their experiences and expanded upon their research and contributions. Vocal artist Aaron Salā gave voice to the kanikau

Mark Hamasaki, photographer

Mark has taught photography at Windward Community College since 1984. He is currently the photography professor at Windward Community College and is the Humanities Department Chairman. Together with Libby Young, retired Windward Community College journalism and English professor, Mark was named among The 10 Who Made a Difference in Hawai‘i. They were cited for their efforts to secure $12.5 million for Windward Community College’s Master Plan. He has exhibited and published his photographs and collaborative works locally, nationally and internationally. Mark lives in Ha‘ikū, O‘ahu.

Kapulani Landgraf, photographer, author of kanikau Ē Luke Wale Ē

Kapulani received the 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the 2014 Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant. Landgraf’s books, Nā Wahi Pana o Ko‘olau Poko (University of Hawai‘i Press, 1994) and Nā Wahi Kapu o Maui (‘Ai Pohaku Press, 2003), received Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards for Excellence in Illustrative Books in 1995 and 2004, respectively. She is an assistant professor of Hawaiian Visual Art and Photography at Kapiʻolani Community College, Kalāhū, Hawaiʻi.

Barbara Pope, book designer
Designing and producing illustrated books in Hawai‘i for over thirty years, Barbara is Principal of Barbara Pope Book Design and a founding partner of ‘Ai Pōhaku Press. Her expertise is in graphic design and publishing. ‘Ai Pōhaku Press specializes in high-quality books about the natural systems and cultural traditions of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

Dennis Kawaharadaauthor of “Introduction”
Dennis is an English professor at Kapi‘olani Community College and a publisher of the literature of Hawai‘i, Asia and the Pacific.

Richard Hamasaki, author of “Preface” and English translation poetry editor of the kanikau
With a teaching career in Hawaiʻi that spanned 40 years (1975-2015), Richard spends time with family and continues to work independently and collaboratively on do-it-yourself projects related to the arts in Oceania.

Aaron Salāvocal artist
Aaron has performed in such international venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Wembley Arena (London), the Wilten Basilica (Innsbruck, Austria), Bunkamura Hall (Tokyo) and Hawai‘i Theatre (Honolulu). Aaron began studying the art of Hawaiian chant with Kalani Akana five years ago in preparation for his studies to achieve the rank of ho‘opa‘a under Akana’s tutelage, the ‘uniki for which he underwent in 2014. He is the 2006 recipient of the Hōkū Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist. Aaron will chant the kanikau, Ē Luku Wale Ē.

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