Hawaii Arts Seen

From an Island artist’s point of view

Posted on June 23rd, 2018 by paularath

If I were asked to choose Hawaii’s most iconic fabric, I would pick palaka. Palaka is our signature plaid, much like a tartan is for a Scottish clan, but palaka is available to anyone. According to “The Art of the Aloha Shirt” by DeSoto Brown and Linda Arthur,┬ápalaka was first seen in Hawaii on 18th
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Posted on June 1st, 2018 by paularath

Uniqlo is one of the few chain stores I shop in when on the mainland or abroad. Usually I seek out local designers and boutiques that are unique to the destination, but with Uniqlo, well, I love so many things about them, especially their collaborations. Remember when Uniqlo and Iolani Sportswear, the Kawakami family-owned iconic
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Posted on December 30th, 2016 by paularath

Earlier this month, our dear friend Akihiko Izukura had a gorgeous show at the Tenri Gallery in New York City. It was called “Impermanence.” The centerpiece of the show was a silk tea house where people could actually sit inside a cocoon-like dwelling and enjoy Japanese tea and moments of silence in the midst of
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Posted on December 8th, 2016 by paularath

Have you ever wondered where the hit TV show “Hawaii 5-0” gets all the art you see on the walls of various sets – houses, hotels, offices etc.? Well, now I know: they rent it! I know this because a woman from 5-0, whose job it is to forage for the show’s art, recently came
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Posted on November 22nd, 2016 by paularath

When Jerry is asked to create a project, he goes all-out. It must be the surgeon in him – to always strive to go above and beyond what’s expected. So when I asked him to create a cornucopia for the Palama Settlement Thanksgiving party for the keiki, he created a cornucopia to end all cornucopias.
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