San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Kua`aina Associates presents, "Celebrating Pacific Island Art" (CPIA)
Afforded great respect through the ages, the kahili is a prized cultural item among Native Hawaiian people. Kahili are feathered standards used to show status, lineage, and family ties. There are many sizes and styles of kahili, and this workshop will provide participants an opportunity to create their own kahili pa`a lima (Hawaiian hand held kahili). The instructor will also lecture on the history of the kahili and its spiritual and cultural importance.
Insturctor: Kumu Herman Tachera
Who Should Attend: Members of the Hawaiian and Pacific Island Communities
and interested indivduals
Registration is free and limited to 20 participants
About the "Celebrating Pacific Island Arts"
"Celebrating Pacific Island Arts" (CPIA) is a series of workshops and presentations featuring visiting artists from American Samoa and Hawai`i who are cultural practitioners in Samoan Siapo (tapa/kapa making), Hawaiian featherwork, Samoan and Hawaiian tattoo traditions and Hawaiian mele (song/poetry). These notable artists will share their cultural practice through lecture, demonstration, instruction and performance.
CPIA will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) celebrations scheduled taking place in San Francisco throughout the year. The PPIE had strong implications on the U.S. part in terms of marketing Pacific Island tourism and trade, and supported ideas about race as a justification of U.S. expansion in the Pacific. “Celebrating Pacific Island Arts” promises to bring a Pacific Island presence and voice to the community during the PPIE anniversary celebrations. CPIA is especially timely since California is the home of the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders outside of their island home thus playing a major role in defining the “Pacific Island” diaspora and the master narrative of “American Identity”.
"CPIA" series is presented by Kua`aina, an Indigenous Arts and Cultures non-profit based in Berkeley, CA."CPIA "is made possible through the generous support of the Christensen Fund, The Akonadi Foundatio 2015 Beloved Community Fund and Private Donors.
For info on CPIA Workshops & Presentations: https://risingindigenousvoices.wordpress.com
When & Where
Kua`aina Associates, Inc.
Kua`aina Associates was established in 2005 and provides capacity building assistance to Indigeneous cultural and art organizations, individual artists and produces special projects. To provide these services, Kua`aina draws from a pool of associates who bring to a project an array of expertise such as: program development, project coordination and management, technical and cultural writing, marketing and public relations, fund development, visual and performing arts, traditional arts, and indigenous knowledge. Kua`aina operates under the notion that working collectively on a project provides an opportunity for a more monumental outcome, thereby contributing to the maintenance and sharing of the life ways of cultural and artistic expression.
Kua`aina Associates’ Vision is to support the continuity of indigenous knowledge and expression through art and cultural practices as a means to evoke a new vision during a new time, thus embracing a universal message of peace, compassion, tolerance and healing.
Kua`aina Associates’ Mission is to perpetuate indigenous cultures and the arts by supporting projects that provide opportunities for emerging indigenous artists and cultural masters in both traditional and contemporary forms through program development, program management and special projects.