Lava

18 05 2018

Aloha Studio Fans and Lava Junkies!

You all are following the current volcanic event at Kilauea on the island of Hawaii, right? Right?! It is the longest eruption there since 1924! Here is my recommended link to an awesome 24-minute video by the USGS geologists at Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory. “Kilauea Summit Eruption: Lava Returns to Halema‘uma‘u” is a calm and scientific explanation of the eruption. Let me know how you like it.

https://youtu.be/gNoJv5Vkumk

I, for one, am so very inspired by our Earth’s creation of new land. Gonna make art now!

— Rebekah





KINOHI composed by Herb Mahelona

2 05 2018

On April 28, 2018, at Kawaiaha‘o Church, I was a member of combined choirs performing the premiere of the Hawaiian language oratorio entitled KINOHI composed by Herb Mahelona. He wrote the lyrics and music over a 20-year period. I am excited to share the video with you. It is one hour and 40 minutes long. As the composer remarked upon hearing it sung for the first time in its entirety, “It is exactly as I dreamt it!” Please sit back and enjoy!

Worth watching more than once! – Herb Mahelona

https://youtu.be/XmVEAMnxbTs

Mahalo, gratitude, to all involved who made this happen.

~ Rebekah Luke, second alto





The lei on display at Kapiolani Park

1 05 2018

HONOLULU—Every May 1st floral designers make lei for the Hawaiian Lei Contest sponsored by the City at Kapiolani Park. A horticulturist identifies the plant elements in the lei upon entry, and then organizers line up the creations near the parking lot between the park Bandstand and the Waikiki Shell.

The display opens to the public to view with the untying of a ti leaf lei around 12:30 p.m. after the Royal May Day Court sees it first.

Today I was first in line along with Evelyn who I just met. We are both lei makers, too. Although we did not enter anything, we came for ideas! Check out my images. You can practically smell the flowers, can’t you? The lei in the last photo in the series took the Mayor’s Grand Prize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor’s Grand Prize is awarded to Melvin T. Labra for his wili style lei of ‘ohai ali‘i, palapalai, and kukunaokala.

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii!

~Rebekah





Breadfruit Ma‘afala

20 04 2018

While the inspiration for my latest art was a leaf from the Ma‘afala breadfruit tree outside my window, the finished pieces look little like the actual plant.

The leafy model

My medium—hand-dyed tissue paper collage—lends itself to abstract images. It is tricky to determine the final color of a section that has been layered with the tissue, and the final result is rarely what the artist had in mind in the beginning. When stuck in the creating process, my teacher the late Susan Rogers-Aregger would say, “Glue another paper over it!” But because of all that, surprising results of color and luminescence can be had.

Several folks commented they liked a preview of the finished collages that I posted as photos on social media just before I took them to the frame shop. I was so excited to finish and show them. I admit they were a tad tacky from the final varnish. Framers don’t like that, but this time it was darn near dry!

The actual dimensions are 22″ x 28″ each, and the two were designed as a diptych to hang together, yet each panel can stand alone. I started with a palette of greens and reds and soon changed it to  a triad of complementary colors: violet, green, and orange. I haven’t even given the collages a title yet. Hmmm, maybe it will be “Breadfruit” and “Ma‘afala.”

Pattern

Dried and fallen





Pot O’ Orchids show

25 03 2018

(photo by Peter Krape)

On the last day of the Windward Orchid Society’s Spring Orchid Show in Kaneohe, Oahu, you can sometimes find plants marked down. I got a deal, said the seller, when I picked up four in a box — three blooming phalaenopsis plants and one dendrobium all for $35. The cashier concurred, “You got a deal!”

I love their names: Phal. Showpiece (yellowish flowers on the left), Phal. Magic Art (the lavender one), and the dendrobium B2495 D.Maradona Pearl.

The Show is held in the Kaneohe Amory/King Intermediate School Gym. Various orchid society clubs mount competitive displays, vying for awards and trophies of turned-wood and handmade ceramic bowls; those are on center court. Around the perimeter are the sales tables. If you see something you like in the exhibits, you can look to buy one from a grower. The bromeliad and succulent societies share the floor, too.

Lectures and how-to workshops are offered in one corner. When you get hungry you may check out the snack bar.

I hope these images that caught my eye will give you the county-fair flavor of the event.

V. Tharab Blue by Walter Hiraishi wins Best Blue Vandaceous award

Den. Waianae Profusion by Cristin Wong wins Best in Show, Governor’s Trophy, and Best Flowering Specimen Plant Award

Big-bowl trophies

Best of Cattleya Other Color Award goes to Rth. Carolina Golden D’or ‘Lenette #2’ by Scot and Karen Mitamura

Cattleya

Phal. Circus by grower Kumano

Pam Waki’s Best White Phalaenopsis in Show is Phal. Chainport Whiteyuki ‘Pam’ AM/HOS

Best Species in Show is this Den. smilliae, that also was declared Most Unusual Orchid. By H & R Nurseries. Whole plant pictured below.

Best Display in Show by Ewa Orchid Society

Best of Miniature Species: Den. tanii. By H & R Nurseries

This topiary of a dog covered in succulents was the cutest. In honor of the Year of the Dog.

Huge American and Hawaiian national flags

Snack bar menu board





The rain barrel

11 03 2018

Installing the rain barrel we won at yesterday’s silent auction, a benefit for the Mālama Honua Public Charter School, was a satisfying Sunday project.

The Papa Ekolu (3rd graders) had donated the barrel. We had talked about getting one “just because.” And there it was, completely decorated by the kids and with a parts kit with tools and do-it-yourself installation instructions. Score!

Pete tapped it into a gutter downspout right by the garden boxes.

Cheerful barrel with hardware kit

Hauling the barrel home

Bag of parts

Diverter connects from downspout to top of barrel. Rain water exits through the spigot at the bottom where we attach a garden hose. When the barrel is full, excess water flows past and comes out normally below.

Cautionary signage

I love it!

Pete admires his final installation

Mahalo nui to Mālama Honua Public Charter School!





Ultra art in downtown Honolulu

7 03 2018

The second floor lobby at Pauahi Tower in Honolulu, at 1003 Bishop Street, is home until August 3 for a selection of original fine art by local artists.

The location is convenient for downtown office workers who might walk over during lunch hour for some quiet visual meditation.

The lobby with its high ceilings and window walls lends itself to large pieces. Consider that my “large” contribution of “Royal Archival Banyan” in oil is hanging in a beautiful koa display case.

Display case features both two- and three-dimensional works.

Glass case containing 2D and 3D art reflects high-rise downtown parking garage for a fourth dimension.

Unusual art that caught my eye were a collage by David Friedman, and three smaller pieces: a fish and a couple of decorated fishing floats.

Collage art by David Friedman

Spheres, one a former fishing float.

Fish

Windward Artists Guild and Wendy Roberts organized the exhibit entitled Ultra Exhibit I. Katherine Love was the curator.

For information about purchasing any of the art, please email Wendy Roberts at wag@windwardartistsguild.org

If you go: Alii Place parking garage has reasonable fees. Enter from the right hand lane of Alakea street between King and Hotel streets. Pauahi Tower is one block from Alakea on Bishop street.

—RL








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