September 28, 2010 – Waimea, Hawaii
Video by David Corigan | Voice of Tim Bryan
This weekend, the second annual HOEA Market featured the work of native Hawaiian artists at Pu’uopelu, the Richard Smart Historic Home, in Waimea.
Piko awards were given in a special juried art show, a student art exhibit, demonstrations, and a maoli fashion show were just some of the highlites at the big event.
The kapa designs of Wiamea’s reknown Marie McDonald were one of many shown on the runway. McDonald’s daughter explains the importance of perpetuating the cultural art.
HOEA stands for “Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts” and is a three year Pilot program made possible by the Keomailani Hanapi Foundation – which is funded by the Administration for Native Americans, OHA and the Richard Smart Fund.
HOEA holds a studio art program and business of art workshops leading up to the event.
Students of the program are already benefiting from the shared knowlegde.
Organizers hope to one day build a Community Art Center in one of the four Hawaiian Home Land communities in Waimea.