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Three high school students and their kumu will have works on display for the show.

ʻŌiwi artists invited to showcase their work in MANA art show

March 19, 2024

Three Kamehameha Hawaiʻi students, seniors Luana Dameg and Leile Ortiz and sophomore Koali Ito, along with their kumu, Mr. Carl F.K. Pao, have been selected to participate in the MANA Invitational Art Show.

Presented by Nā Makua at the Wailoa Center in Hilo, their works will be on display as part of MANA from Friday, March 29 through Thursday, April 25, 2024. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 .m. to 2 p.m. 

From Nā Makua - 

Mana is both an abstract and physical force that has direct and indirect influences. Inherited mana is transferred from the gods to mankind in a continual process that begins at birth and ends with death. Acquired mana is amplified through the process of seeking knowledge and wisdom. Mana is often felt, seen and experienced, rather than described in words; moreover there are ways to gain and lose mana through behavior. In Western terms it might be described as power, or an essence of god or godliness. Hawaiians believe mana can be inherited through lineage or acquired through great feats, skill, artistry, talents and gifts, which are  cultivated through education and training.

The MANA Invitational Art Show features Hawai‘i’s premier artists sharing their mana‘o and mana with their art. The show is curated by Nelson and Kainoa Makua.

Keep a look out for their pieces when visiting the Wailoa Center. Entrance is free and open to the public during gallery hours. 

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