Inspiration of Hula
September 4, 2009 - July 17, 2010
An exhibit that honored the art of hula,
featuring work from the Art in Public
Places Collection, along with hula
implements and objects from the Bishop
Museum and the Hula Preservation Society.
A special feature of the exhibition was a
display of 70 original photographic
portraits of Kumu Hula by Shuzo Uemoto,
taken for the book Nana I Na
Loea Hula (Look to the Hula
Resources). Kapa makers Moana Eisele
de Silva loaned costumes from
their collections; and artist Solomon Enos
loaned original renderings he created to
illustrate the book, The Epic of
The exhibition was designed to mimic the
‘ōhi‘a lehua tree, a tree beloved by and
associated with the hula deities. The
parts of the tree and the associated works
are described in more detail here.
One of the origins of hula is portrayed in
or mole section
via the epic saga of Hi‘iakaikapoliopele,
illustrated through paintings, drawings,
prints, photographs, and sculpture.
Illustrating the "roots" of the
exhibition, works shown by Louis Pohl,
Keola Sequeira, Jean Charlot,
Hanapi, and Jim Mack.
More work illustrating the "roots" of the
exhibition. Works shown by Martha Y.
Ridgley, Robert Wenkam,
Enos, Guy Buffet, Kazu Kauinana,
or kumu section
features the kumu (hula masters) who
have preserved and cultivated the hula
arts and the knowledge behind it.
Illustrating the "trunk" of the
exhibition, works shown by Franco
Salmoiraghi, Joseph Feher,
Robinson, Francis Haar,
Charlot, and Pat Kaimoku
or lālā section
contains the portraits of loea hula
(hula resources) who are featured in Nānā I Nā Loea Hula: Look to the
Hula Resources, Volume 1; a
publication by the Kalihi-Pālama Culture
and Arts Society, Inc. To complement the
still images, the Hula Preservation
Society, in partnership with the HSFCA,
produced a video of interviews that they
have conducted with 20 of the loea hula.
The video is shown in the gallery.
Illustrating the "branches" of the
exhibition, works shown by Shuzo Uemoto.
The products of the kumu and lālā are the hua
(fruits) and pua (flowers). This
section includes representations of
dances, as the fruits, and dancers, as the
flowers. Illustrating the "fruits and
flowers," works shown by Al
Kahekiliuila Lagunero, Marijcke
Christianson, and Lark
Dimond-Cates. Hula implements on
loan from Bishop Museum and the Hula
For information on Current
Exhibitions click here.
Gallery photographs by Paul