A memento from me to you of the Prince Lot Hula Festival

18 07 2015

Perhaps you have chosen to spend your precious weekend at the Prince Lot Hula Festival today and tomorrow, July 18 and 19, at Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu. Good choice! The link above explains details.

“Kamaipuupaa” by Rebekah Luke

It is taking place as I write. I hope you will love this spot as much as I do. Would you like a beautiful and long-lasting memento of the experience?  For yourself, for a special gift for a friend or a favorite hula dancer, or for your kumu hula?

My image of the hula mound Kamaipuupaa, painted in 2013, is available as a giclée reproduction from an original oil painting in two sizes: 16″ x 12″ and 20″ x 14″. I have five in stock and would love you to have one of them. They are made with LUCIA pigment ink on Lexjet Sunset canvas. Each is $150.00 and ready for framing.

Please contact me at rebekahluke@hawaii.rr.com if you wish to purchase. I will happy to work with you and advise you on framing, if you wish. Mahalo!

Up and coming, oh, it’s here!

11 07 2013

Hello studio fans!

Three events to alert you to, from closest to farthest to in-between:

•  The Farm Fair this weekend at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, July 13 and 14

•  Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 premier in London on July 13

•  The Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu, on July 20

"Kamaipuupaa" 24" x 18" original oil on canvas panel by Rebekah Luke

“Kamaipuupaa” 24″ x 18″ original oil on canvas panel by Rebekah Luke

I’m excited for all three, but this morning Eric Whitacre released his VC4 to everyone in the choir. I’m in it! What I want to know is, can you hear me? Can you see me? Let me know, okay? Here is the link, and as Eric says, “Please watch in HD and for the love of all that is holy TURN IT UP.” The VC4 officially premiers at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Coronation Festival in London before the Queen. It feels good to me for being a tiny part of this project of world music.

Closer to home is the delightful Hawaii State Farm Fair and 4-H Livestock Show down the road at Kualoa Ranch. Please click on the link for details if you want to go. Maybe I’ll see you there. When we told Miss Marvelous’s family about it, they said, “Aww…” They remembered what a good time they had (they’re in Italy now). Here are my photos from two years ago.

Thirdly, please save July 20 for the Prince Lot Hula Festival, a day-long program of wonderful Hawaiian dance, arts, crafts, and food at the beautiful Moanaloa Gardens. I will have a booth there with my oil paintings and some lower-priced reproductions of “Kamaipuupaa,” my image of the earthen mound that is the stage the hula dancers perform on. Moanalua Gardens is one of my favorite places to paint.

This is a good opportunity to see and purchase my work — originals, giclée, and art prints. DH and my friend Pi‘ikea will join me with custom-made ukulele and t-shirt designs. Look for Booth #50, that is in the furthest corner from any of the entrances, easy to find! Again, please click on the links for details. I hope to see you!

Copyright 2013 Rebekah Luke

Kamaipuupaa, the Prince Lot festival hula mound

22 02 2013
Painting en plein air

Painting en plein air

One of my favorite sanctuaries on Oʻahu is Moanalua Gardens where I went with my students to paint en plein air earlier this month. A pleasant place to rest, picnic, and entertain, it is privately owned but open to the public. I find it peaceful and healing to go there.

We can go there for free during daylight hours most days. It is popular with young families, pre-school groups, Japanese tourists, artists, and lovers. That sounds busy, but the park is large enough that you can find a spot for yourself. Lucky for us at least a bit of the area of the cultured Gardens remains, for it used to cover three times the area. Imagine the beauty back when.

Every July, the day-long Prince Lot Hula Festival draws an audience of about 10,000 people who relax in the shade of the trees and enjoy viewing the dance by invited hula hālau (troupes) on the outdoor hula mound. This year the event is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On three outings there this month, while busloads of Japanese tourists came to photograph the famous Hitachi tree (Hitachi, Ltd. pays for the rights to use the image of the grand, old monkeypod tree as its logo), while the gardeners operated their loud maintenance equipment, and while the elementary school children next door enjoyed their recess, I could still find my zone to paint the hula , romantically back-lit by the morning sun.

Japanese visitors come to see the “Hitachi tree” and have their photo taken in front of it.

Moanalua pond

A koi pond adjacent to a loʻi kalo (taro garden) attracts ducks, youngsters and photographers. The banyan in the background is just one of many mature trees here.

My finished painting “Kamaipuupaa,” 24″ x 18″ oil on canvas panel. The grassy hula mound is the venue for the annual Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens in July. If you plan to go this summer, please verify the date in local news media.

Copyright 2013 Rebekah Luke

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