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Upcoming Downtown Art Center Exhibit Honors Hula Through Art

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Downtown Art Center

An upcoming hula exhibit at the new expansive art spaces at the Downtown Art Center in Chinatown comes on the heels of the Merrie Monarch Festival. Opening on Aug. 3, the exhibit is called "Ho’okupu To Emerge: The Love of Hula."

It will feature about a dozen artists who have focused their talent around the culture of hula, including unseen images from the "John Kelly and Kate Kelly Collection." Some liken it to “a show within a show.”

The Conversation talked to Cha Smith, the archivist for the "Kelly Collection," the centerpiece for the upcoming art exhibit. The exhibit closes on Aug. 28.

"In addition, several well-known Hawaiʻi artists, including Nancy Vilhauer, Lauren Okano and Jackie Mild-Lau, as well as Native Hawaiian artists Kumu Hula Auliʻi Mitchell, Jordan Kamuela Gestrich and Nālamakūikapō Ahsing will add to the rich visual landscape of the show," the art center said.

This segment aired on The Conversation on July 14, 2021.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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