Art In Public Places The State Foundation of Culture and the Arts

While at Kapolei library I’m like a person with an addiction. With my empty bag for my books in hand, Nico and I entered with much anticipation. It’s a push me, pull me quandary when I’m there. At home books are piled on my night stand, dresser, and bookshelf in my 10 x 12 bedroom. They flow out into the living room shelves and a wicker chest in the family room.

So as I walk Nico into the library we are no longer two but four. There are always two little imps on either side of my shoulders fighting me to check out this book or that one while I try to reason with them. “No, I have to finish my books at home first.”

I needed to distract myself so I started to look at the pieces of art hanging and sitting in various places. It’s funny as many times as I go into the Kapolei Library, I never take the time to look at anything other than books.

On closer observation I noticed all kinds of art pieces besides the quilts that are always hanging. The work was on loan from the State Foundation of Culture and the arts. The project is called “Art in Public Places.”

In an effort to expose local artist to the public you can see all types of work in many institutions throughout the islands. So I thought I would share my distraction with you.

IMG_0245When the missionaries first came to the islands they showed the Hawaiian Women how to quilt. As is the way of the Hawaiians they took the basics and turned it into their own style.

IMG_0248Hawaiian women would get together and make their patterns from the different trees and flowers that grew on the islands and then make their quilts from those

IMG_0249I once read that the Hawaiian women would get together for several days, make themselves some strong drink from Ti plants and  appoint one person to do all the dishes. They would then start working on a quilt. All would help with the one quilt. The one who was appointed to do the dishes also helped. Having to do dishes softened the fingers making it hard to push the needle in and out to quilt. So you can see the importance of that dishwasher. Those Hawaiians. They thought of everything. What a party that must have been.

They also used their quilts to protest the fact that the Americans were making them take down their flag so the American flag could fly in its place. Protest Quilt


The three pieces above and below are by Wayne Miyata. It is called 3 Zen Monks

Speak No Evil

IMG_0254See No Evil

IMG_0255Hear No Evil

IMG_0256Victor Holmes’ Nani Umeke (Umeke is a bowl)

IMG_0258Sidney T.K. Yee’s Parallels (ceramic)

IMG_0261George Wright’s Pueo (Hawaii’s indigenous Owl)

English: Boerhavia sp. (seeds attached to head...

English: Boerhavia sp. (seeds attached to head of Pueo). Location: Maui, Kanaha Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I posted a photo here so you can see what the Hawaiian owl looks like. Isn’t he just exquisite. I love owls

IMG_0262Bird of Paradise. They are beautiful plants that I myself have growing in my yard. This painting had no signage so may you can double-click on it and see what that signature is.

IMG_0264This was just a poster up in the library showing all of the indigenous creatures of Hawaii. I bet the original is a beautiful piece of art though.

IMG_0263What can I say, I just loved this poster. Anyway looking at all this art worked. I went home with an empty bag full of books. (Nico’s that is)


6 comments on “Art In Public Places The State Foundation of Culture and the Arts

  1. I love art i public places. And I love that poster: so much grace and strengt!


  2. MaryAnn says:

    I remember my trips to the library in Honolulu ……don’t remember ever seeing such beautiful pictures displayed along with the see and say no evil guys. Easy to be distracted and come back without books…but look what a party you have given your eyes.

    The barn owl picture reminds me of a true story I read about one of those,,,,years ago.

    Looking at the intricate hanging quilts made me remember my lessons with a woman …..Aunty Debbie ….who gave quilting lessons at the Royal Hawaiian Mall on some wonderful windy mornings ……..


    • Thank you so much for looking in. The library certainly a wonderful place. It is a home as my grandson would say when he asked if we could go to the book-house.
      Enjoyed your comment.


  3. Roberts says:

    Karen – thank you for always sharing your interesting trips around Hawaii and your beautiful photographs. Aloha from a friend from your days in Pacifica…………. Kevin


    • Kevin, it is so weird. I was just thinking of you this morning and wondering if you still read all of my misadventures. Thank you for hanging in there. Hope to meet you and your family one day.


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