Sunday, February 28, 2010

Celebration for Native Hawaiian Arts in Hilo

The artistry and creative talents of local artistisans have really skyrocketed over the years.  From simple carvings and woven pieces, the artworks now available are masterfully done and would make a statement in any home or business.  This event showcases wonderful work.

Native Hawaiian artists will once again display their work near the Edith Kanakaole Stadium on the corner of Kalanikoa and Piilani Streets (in Hilo on Hawaii Island) beginning April 2 through April 10.

The newly formed "grass roots" organization now called PIHA (Perpetuating Indigenous Hawaiian Artists) invites all to experience the feeling of "aloha" by viewing individual freely expressed arts made by Native Hawaiians. PIHA's mission is to encourage Native Hawaiian development through the arts and their goal is to increase the number of participants.

Just a year ago, a small group of Native Hawaiian artists of Keaukaha began to gather participants for this exciting event. Nearly 50 Native Hawaiian artists displayed their arts at the Prince Kuhio Plaza and this year, participation is expected to surpass that number.

Opening ceremony will start at 12:00 noon on Good Friday April 2, 2010 followed by entertainment. A fundraising effort of a silent auction takes place on Wednesday, April 7 for the organization. The exhibition will open daily at 12:00pm and will continue simultaneously during the Merrie Monarch Festivities.

For more information contact: Terri L. Napeahi,

Images courtesy of PIHA

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