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Leland Miyano Canoe Project at Foster Botanical Garden

Join local artist Leland Miyano for a creative journey as he builds a new commission for the 2019 Honolulu Biennial! Nestled within Foster Botanical Garden, Leland will be constructing a double-hulled canoe composed of invasive botanicals and other found materials, to be collected from Ho'omaluhia Garden in Kaneohe. We invite creative hands and minds to participate in the following activities:


January 22- 25, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (days and times to be confirmed)

Miyano need 20+ volunteers per day for 3-4 days for the gathering of the botanical materials at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden. Volunteers will help drag the materials to the road, organize the cuttings and load trucks on the Ho'omaluhia side while a smaller number of volunteers will help receive and unload at the Foster Botanical Garden (approximately three truck loads per day for three days).

Pickup trucks, flat beds, and vehicles with racks needed! Volunteers should be willing to work with their hands and enjoy getting dirty. This will be an educational and fun community project. It is a great opportunity to learn how to identify some of our more prominent invasive trees.


January 26 - March 5, 2019 | Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers with an interest in contemporary artwork, sustainability, island ecosystems, voyaging and plants are invited to sign up or drop in to join Miyano as he creates a canoe from found materials. Bend branches into the shape of a canoe hull, construct rigging out ti lei or simply come offer to teach, talk, or share your cultural and sustainability knowledge with volunteers at the site while they work.

All are welcome and no experience is required. Volunteers with special skills – including ti leaf-making, knowledge of plants, culture, sustainability and voyaging – are especially welcome. Donations of deveined, frozen ti leaves needed.

For further details or to sign up, please contact HB19 Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Manipon directly: yvonne@honolulubiennial.org / 808-228-6462

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Volunteers Needed for Bernice Akamine Procession and Installation of "Kalo"

March 5, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (volunteers arrive at 8:30 am)

ʻIolani Palace to Aliʻiolani Hale

Project Description

Join HB19 Artist Bernice Akamine in the installation of Kalo, an 87-piece installation composed of paper and volcanic stone. The work, which honors Queen Liliuokalani, addresses our kuleana to care for the land and kalo, our elder sibling, which connects us genealogically to Papa, Earth Mother, and Wakea, Sky Father. On this occasion, the work also serves to bring the people to their Queen, reminding us all to stand for all that is left to be done and all that should not be lost. Once a chant has signaled the start of the procession, 87 volunteers will carry one kalo plant each and walk this across the road and place it in its dedicated position in the final installation inside Aliʻiolani Hale. A second chant will mark the close of the installation once all plants have been placed.


To volunteer in this momentous occasion, please sign-up directly HERE. For questions, please contact Yvonne Manipon, HBF Volunteer Coordinator, at yvonne@honolulubiennial.org


Volunteers must arrive to ʻIolani Palace on March 5, 2019 by 8:30 a.m. and check in at the HBF Tent located inside the Palace gates on the ewa lawn. The program will be completed by noon. Metered parking available in surrounding area. Paid parking available at Aliʻi Place Parking Garage.

Attire and Other Information

Volunteers are encouraged to wear aloha attire, comfortable shoes, wear sunscreen and bring water. A volunteer waiver will be required.

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