‘Umeke | Umbrella brings together information on existing exhibitions, projects, talks and events that feature the dynamic contemporary art community of Hawai’i nei.  Its name embraces the ancestral roots of Hawai’i referencing the ‘umeke as a functional vessel or container in Hawaiian, which holds things of wealth, combined with the Western containment metaphor of  “everyone under an umbrella,” bringing together two cultural contexts that aspire to the same result. Events occurring around the Honolulu Biennial exhibition period and present opportunities for Hawaii’s creative communities to be acknowledged on a global platform.

The listing is managed by Puʻuhonua Society. If you have an questions or concerns, or would like to include an event in the ʻUmeke | Umbrella listing, please contact josh@nameahawaii.com.





February 9 - May 28, 2017

Honolulu Museum of Art
900 S. Beretania St. Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 532-8700  |  Tue - Sat 10:00am - 4:30pm; Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

The prestigious Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition has showcased the talents of island artists since 1950. This year, the exhibition sees a shift from object-centric practices to artworks based on spatial experience and participatory visitor experiences to rethink how visitors engage with art and ideas. Artists of Hawai‘i also now includes a stronger curator-artist dialogue for all participating artists, with regular studio visits by arts of Hawai‘i curator Healoha Johnston over eight months in the production of all new work. Read on.

Yayoi Kusama in her New York studio (1971) by Tom Haar

Yayoi Kusama in her New York studio (1971) by Tom Haar

Japanese Artists in New York - 1971
Photographs by Tom Haar

February 16 - May 13, 2017

307c Kamani St. Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 593-1231 |  M-F  9:00a - 5:00p, Sat. 10:00a - 4:00p

During the early years of Tom Haar’s residence in New York (1968-1983), he learned of a large group of japanese artists. Intrigued by their exciting lifestyle in New York, and having grown up in Japan himself, he decided to capture their creative lives in a photo essay, Japanese Artists in New York - 1971“New York was very stimulating in the early 1970s—in areas gritty and seedy—especially in Lower Manhattan, where many of the artists lived. SoHo and the artists’ housing, Westbeth, were still in their infancies.” Read on.

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February 23 - April 14, 2017 (Build time)


This design competition asks entrants to use post-consumer waste as the raw materials and with inspiration of Hawaiian lei to transform those materials into a RE-LEI creation. Artists and design professionals as well as creative makers are all invited. Awards presentation will be held April 29, 2017 at the Kaka‘ako Agora. For competition rules and registration (deadline March 11). Read on.



Detail of 2017 Gift Print by Kauaʻi-based artist, Sally French.

Detail of 2017 Gift Print by Kauaʻi-based artist, Sally French.


March 1 - 22, 2017

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria Street.  Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 532-8741  |  M-S 10:00am - 4:30pm ; Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

Honolulu Printmakers presents a carefully juried selection of the best print work from artists around the state of Hawaii working in traditional printmaking media as well as contemporary forms and hybrids. This year's juror is Amze Emmons. Read on.

MAP OFFICE: Artists in Residence

ARTISTS TALK: Thurs. March 2   3:00-4:15pm at ART 101
PRINT WORKSHOP: Fri.  March 3  10:00am -1:00pm at  John Young Museum of Art

February 27 – March 10, 2017

University of Hawaii - Department of Art & Art History
2535 McCarthy Mall.  Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
(808) 956-6888  |  M-F 10:00am - 4:00pm, Su 12:00 - 4:00pm

MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (b. Casablanca) and Valérie Portefaix (b. Saint-Etienne). This duo of artists has been based in Hong Kong since 1996 working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, mapping, and photography. Their projects chart the long-term history of human appropriation of land. For the last decade they have engaged the global development of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and the Pearl River Delta region of China.  They are currently working on a number of mapping projects concerned with the history of islands and oceans.  Read on.

KINO: Depictions of the Body. Installation view.

KINO: Depictions of the Body. Installation view.

kino: depictions of the body

March 2 - April 2, 2017

Aupuni Place - Gallery + Studios (Ward Warehouse)
1050 Ala Moana Blvd. #1000  Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 596-8885  |  Tue. - Sat. 12:00 - 7:00pm, Sun. 12:00 - 5:00 pm

This exhibition looks at some of the ways artists in Hawai'i are using depictions of the body to explore everything from boredom to sensory molecular reactions. The show features artwork from Native Hawaiian and local artists:  Kau'i Chun, Solomon Enos, Kainoa Gruspe, Charlton Kupaʻa Hee, Pegge Hopper, Kaiʻili Kaulukukui, Nanea Lum, Hank Taufaasau and Jerry Vasconcellos.


Detail. "Agroforestry Tree Coming into Full Bloom." by Taiji Terasaki.

Detail. "Agroforestry Tree Coming into Full Bloom." by Taiji Terasaki.

REBIRTH: PLANTING AGAIN, the agroforestry mindset
BY Taiji Terasaki

March 2 - May 8, 2017

Aupuni Place - Gallery + Studios (Ward Warehouse)
1050 Ala Moana Blvd. #1000  Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 596-8885  |  Tue. - Sat. 12:00 - 7:00pm, Sun. 12:00 - 5:00 pm

REBIRTH features a trio of installation work, exploring an agroforestry future for Hawaiʻi. From ancient times, agroforestry was the way of life here and is now recognized to be the most advanced ecological examples of land management and biodiverse food production in the history of ancient civilization. Three vapor, mist and ceramic projection installations are housed in a former retail space outside Aupuni Place (ʻewa end of Ward Warehouse.)


residue: select works by nanci amaka

March 3 - April 22, 2017

Arc of the Unicorns
1109 Maunakea St. #203, Honolulu, HI 96817.  
(808) 799-2123 | Fri & Sat 4:00 - 7:00pm

Nanci Amaka is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist exploring ideas surrounding trauma, identity, memory and the sensorial elements between experience and language. Working from the theory that traumatic events challenge perceptions of power, autonomy, and identity; her work explores displacement due to widespread ecological destruction & global warfare. As well as the effects of traumatic memories on the human body and mind.  Her performances are poetic narratives of memory retrieval & inspection that investigate limits of vulnerability & social empathy, by creating charged contemplative experiences. Read on.

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across generations II: Ka-ning fong & erin marquez
New paintings and sculptures

March 3 - April 22, 2017

Hawaii State Art Museum - Artizen Gallery
250 S. Hotel St.  Honolulu, HI 96813
Tues - Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Presented by Friends of HiSAM, this intergenerational exhibition presents and new paintings and sculptures by Ka-ning Fong and Erin Marquez. Fong is an artist and lecturer in drawing and painting at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He immigrated from Hong Kong to Hawai‘i in 1967. Marquez is a painter, sculptor and a recent graduate in Fine Art from UH Manoa.



March 3 - May 5, 2017

John Young Museum of Art
Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawai‘i, Manoa
2500 Dole St. Honolulu, HI 96822.  
(808) 956-7198  |  M-F 1:00 - 4:00pm

Ula Leo is a collection of work by ‘Imaikalani Kalahele (Hawai‘i-based artist and poet) and Cory Taum (Hawai‘i-based artist) that considers the relationship between urban development, environmental degradation, cultural memory, and resistance.  This intergenerational exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, poetry, and artist videos addressing specific sites and landscapes of O’ahu, and illustrating stories from Hawaiian perspectives. Read on. 




Mana of Lava
by Soichiro Shimizu

March 8 - 31, 2017
Located at the Gallery at Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815
9:00am - 8:00pm daily

Overlaying and scraping away
What is revealed is what was always there
Destruction as the primary act of creation



Opening March 12, 2017

Salvage Public
South Shore Market | 1170 Auahi Street. Honolulu, HI 96814
M - Sat 10:00am - 9:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 6:00pm

Papaʻenaʻena was once an ancient 'surfing heiau' located at the base of western slope of Diamond Head, the current site of La Pietra School for Girls.  Whenever there were waves, the kahuna would fly a moon kite to let surfers know it was firing.  For this installation, Mark Chai, known for his handcrafted wooden light fixtures, has teamed with the Hawai'i menswear brand, Salvage Public to produce a cinder cone hanging pendant lamp bearing the brand's iconic Diamond Head logo.




March 8 - May 31, 2017

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Rd #4  Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-0103 | Tue-Sat  2:00p - 8:00p

Inspired by H.C. Westermann's(1922 -1981) lithograph "An Affair in the Islands"  (1972), this exhibit will feature an eclectic group of artists for an intergenerational survey of the island theme. There are extraordinarily many meanings found in Merriam-Webster Dictionary of the word “affair”, including anything that might also signify a procedure, action, or occasion only vaguely specified; also, an object or collection of objects. Read on.


natives (in)sight

March 12 - May 28, 2017
Opening reception: Sunday, March 12, 3-5 pm

Re-Use Hawaiʻi
200 Keawe Street. Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 537-2228  |  9:00am - 5:00pm daily

As part of the important ongoing dialogue about Kaka’ako, its layered history and continuous (re)transformations, this exhibition features the installation work of two Kanaka Maoli artists, ‘Imakalani Kalahele and Cory Taum. Located in an among the reusable landscape of Re-Use Hawaiʻi, their work challenges the visibility and viability of indigenous presence. Sponsored by Puʻuhonua Society and Re-Use Hawaiʻi.



March 10 – May 6, 2017

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center (MAUI)
2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 572-6560  | M-F 9:00a – 4:00p

Judy Bisgard, born and raised on Maui, draws inspiration from the local Maui flora, the fast changing environment, and the decline of pineapple and plantation houses, while incorporating the color and compositional techniques of the French Impressionists. This retrospective exhibition showcases Bisgard’s experiences with a wide range of media, including plein air paintings, fiber, encaustic, pastel, intaglio, and woodcut. Read on.

Sean Connelly. A Digital Performance Map.

Sean Connelly. A Digital Performance Map.

Roundtable on Art and Critical Geographies in Hawai‘i

March 12, 2017 - 12:00pm

John Young Museum of Art
Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa
2500 Dole St. Honolulu, HI 96822.  
(808) 956-8251|  M-F 1:00 - 4:00pm

Margo Machida (Professor of Art History, the University of Connecticut), Jaimey Hamilton Faris (Assoc. Professor of Art History, UHM), in conversation with architect and artist Sean Connelly (Hawai‘i/Boston-based architect and artist), and artist Lynne Yamamoto (Professor at Smith College) about their site-specific pieces installed at Foster Gardens for the Honolulu Biennial.  Both new art installations use the locale of the Gardens, its surrounding architecture and other materials as touchstones to envision larger histories of circulation, migration, and transcultural contact.

Landmark Looking at Itself in a Mirror, vintage postcard, 2017

Landmark Looking at Itself in a Mirror, vintage postcard, 2017

Diamond Head by Drew Broderick with Gan Uyeda

March 13 – April 7, 2017

Commons Gallery
Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
2500 Dole St.  Honolulu, HI 96822  
(808) 956-8251  |  M-F  10:00am - 4:00pm, Su 12:00 - 4:00pm

Diamond Head is an exhibition of new work by Drew Broderick (Hawai‘i/California-based artist) with Gan Uyeda (Associate Director at Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago). The installation considers how images of Diamond Head have played a role in the branding and marketing of Hawaiʻi for consumption by locals and tourists alike. 


Thirty-Six Views of Mauna Kea

March 30 - September 30, 2017

The Box Jelly / fishcake
307c Kamani St.  Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 769-6921  |  M-F 8:00am - 8:00pm ; Sat 8:00am - 4:00pm

Inspired by Utagawa Hiroshige’s infamous series of ukiyo-e prints “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” Laurie Sumiye captures views of Hawaii’s own Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano located on the Island of Hawaii. The exhibition is a culmination of the artist’s six-month residency at BoxJelly/fishcake, where the artist was given a private studio workspace and access to resources and facilities. Through various media–prints, drawing, painting, sculpture and video–Sumiye portrays flora and fauna, people, and landscapes surrounding Mauna Kea. For this exhibition, along with Hiroshige, she has drawn inspiration from David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelley, Matisse, and Andy Warhol. 


contact 3017: Hawaiʻi in a thousand years

April 1 - 16, 2017

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria Street.  Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 532-8741  |  M - Sun 10:00am - 7:00pm

CONTACT is an annual exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of contact as it relates to Hawaiʻi, its people and their experiences. Curated by art collective, PARADISE COVE, 3017 asks artists to take on the role of futurologists, considering the strands of the future that exist now and how they might present themselves in a thousand years. Read on.


April 7 – May 6, 2017

Pegge Hopper Gallery
1164 Nuuanu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 524-1160  |  Tue - Fri 11:00am - 4:00pm; Sat 11:00am - 3:00pm

Within/Without presents new work by Honolulu artists Mary Babcock, Reem Bassous, Katherine Love, Hadley Nunes, and Maya Lea Portner. The five artists have met regularly over the period of a year and a half to discuss themes, influences, and processes of working. This exhibition, organized by participating artist Katherine Love, is a result of that on-going collaboration. The exhibition features new work in drawing, painting, fiber, and photography which address topics of political and social activism, the effects of violence and war, femininity and family history, and sense of place and identity. 


701999 (2016). Graphite on paper. 8.5x11"

701999 (2016). Graphite on paper. 8.5x11"


January 22 - March 12, 2017

Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery
45-045 Kamehameha Highway. Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744
(808) 544-0228 |  M-S    8:00a - 5:00p

[See Reverse Side.] is a solo exhibition by Biennial artist Jane Chang Mi, which considers the photographic archive of Operation Hardtack I in the Marshall Islands. Operation Hardtack I was a series of thirty-five nuclear tests conducted by the United States from April to August of 1958 in the Pacific Testing Grounds, which included Enewetak, Bikini, and Johnston atolls.  Still and motion picture photography played an integral part in nuclear testing, beginning with the documentation of the first atomic bomb test, Trinity on July 16, 1945. Read on.

Akihiko Izukura: The Way of Natural Textiles

January 15 – March 19, 2017

Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MAUI)
Schaefer International Gallery
One Cameron Way.  Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 242-2787  |  Tue - Sat  10:00a - 5:00p

Akihiko Izukura, a Japanese master of dyeing and weaving, works primarily in silk by transforming thread into “wind-like” fabrics. He hand dyes silk with subtle colors made only from natural materials, following a process that is over 2,000 years old. He also creates a wide range of functional and colorful modern garments with traditional weaving and knitting techniques.  Many of his works and couture outfits have been exhibited in New York, Vienna and Copenhagen. Read on.