MAMo celebrates Native Hawaiian art

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Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) Wearable Art Show at Hawaiʻi Theatre on Wednesday, May 20. Hosted by celebrity emcees Vicky Holt Takamine and Robert Cazimero, this is not your typical fashion show. It's an melding of art and fashion, featuring native Hawaiian and Māori artists and cultural practitioners as they showcase both traditional and contemporary garments and jewelry.

The 2015 Wearable Art Show designers are: Keone Nunes (receiving First Peoples Fund's Community Spirit Award), Lauwaʻe, Lufi Luteru, Manaola, Maile Andrade, Marques Marzan, Tangz de Nikau from Aotearoa, Shona Tawhiao, Matiu Bartlett and Jeanine Clark from Aotearoa and Wahine Toa featuring accessories by Keala Designs.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the Wearable Art Show starts at 7:00 p.m. There will also be a trunk show immediately after at Fresh Café's downtown location (Nuʻuanu and Hotel Streets). Tickets are $20, $35 and $60 and available by contacting the Hawaiʻi Theatre Box Office at (808) 528-0506 or www.hawaiitheatre.com.

Now in its 10th year, MAMo is a broad community-based effort to celebrate the depth, breadth and diversity of the Native Hawaiian arts community and to create economic opportunities for Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners.

"By increasing their presence in museums and galleries, MAMo hopes to spread awareness about Native Hawaiian cultural principles and values, as applied to Native Hawaiian art, within the community and beyond the shores of Hawaiʻi," said PAʻI executive director and kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine.

Founded by Takamine, PAʻI Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations. Through the establishment of a cultural center on Oʻahu to better serve the Hawaiian community, PAʻI hopes to address and serve the needs of native Hawaiians and those who make Hawaiʻi home.

The MAMo celebration includes gallery exhibitions, arts markets, fashion shows and cultural demonstrations on Hawaiʻi Island in April, Oʻahu in May and Maui in June. Oʻahu events include the 10th Annual ARTS at Marks Garage (1159 Nuuanu Ave.) MAMo Exhibit entitled KĀHEA (runs May 1–30, 2015, Tues.– Fri., noon–5pm). Admission is free, and the show is curated by 2008 MAMo awardee Al Lagunero. KĀHEA, "the calling," features art from the 2015 MAMo awardee recipients, Kauanoe Chang and Sol Apio, and other established and emerging native Hawaiian artists, including Kawika Lum (2015 MAMo poster artist), Aʻiaʻi Bello, Auliʻi Mitchell, Charlie Dickson, Harinani Orme, Imaikalani Kalahele, Meleanna Meyer, Kapeka Forges, Keith Maile, Kendra Medeiros, Kazu Kauinana, Lufi Luteru, Meala Bishop, Mele Chun, Olalehua Ah Chong, and Tamsen Fox.

Also included in the MAMo festivities is a special addition of the Kakaʻako-based Honolulu Night Market on Saturday, May 16 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. The streets of Our Kakaʻako come to life with the block party-style event that includes food trucks, entertainment and 25 MAMo designers and artists who will be featured in a special edition of the traditional Night Market fashion show and retail warehouse.

Last but not least, Royal Hawaiian Center presents MAMo at Helumoa, Waikīkī (2201 Kalākaua Ave.), on May 30, from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a Native Hawaiian Arts Market, fashion show and cultural demonstrations featuring 18 MAMo artisans and designers at this free event.

This year's sponsors include the City & County Office of Economic Development, Hawaiian Airlines Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority – Living Hawaiian Culture Program and the Administration for Native Americans.

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