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Taloi Havini, Three-channel HD Colour Video, 10 mins, 40 seconds (looping), video still of Habitat, 2017, Courtesy of Taloi Havini. 

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ʻImaikalani Kalāhele (Kānaka Maoli | Hawaiʻi), Bernice Akamine (Kānaka Maoli | Hawaiʻi), Leland Miyano (Okinawa | Hawaiʻi), Bruna Stude (Croatia | Hawaiʻi), Florence Jaukae Kamel (Papua New Guinea), Natalie Robertson (Ngāti Porou, Clann Dhònnchaidh | Aotearoa), Taupōuri Tangarō (Hawaiʻi), Kapulani Landgraf (Kānaka Maoli | Hawaiʻi), Paul Pfeiffer (Philippines (born Hawaiʻi) | United States), Hoʻoulu ʻĀina Artist Collective (Kānaka Maoli | Hawaiʻi), Marie Watt (Seneca | United States), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico), Marianne Nicolson (Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw | Canada), Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri People | Australia), YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (South Korea, United States), Ellen Lesperance (United States), Postcommodity (Cherokee, Mestizo | United States), Andy Graydon (United States (born Hawaiʻi)), Chiharu Shiota (Japan | Germany), Chenta Laury (African-American | Hawaii), Rosanna Raymond, SaVAge K'lub (Samoa, Tuvalu | Aotearoa), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Amy Yao (United States), Ei Arakawa (Japan | United States), Mat Kubo (United States (born Hawaiʻi)), Solomon Enos (Kānaka Maoli | Hawaiʻi), Lee Kit (Hong Kong | Hong Kong, Taiwan), Misaki Kawai (Japan), Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit, Unangax̂ | United States), Bradley Capello (United States | Hawaiʻi), Maika’i Tubbs (Kānaka Maoli | United States), Ara Laylo (Philippines | Hawaiʻi), Mata Aho Collective (Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangātira, Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Rangitāne ki Wairarapa | Aotearoa), DAKOgamay (Philippines, Netherlands), Raymond Boisjoly (Haida | Canada), Taloi Havini (Hakö People | Autonomous Region of Bougainville | Australia), Kalisolaite ‘Uhila (Tonga | Aotearoa), Janet Lilo (Niue, Ngā Puhi, Sāmoa | Aotearoa), James Bamba (Chamorro | Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Guan Xiao (China), Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones (Philippines | United Kingdom), Demian DinéYazhi´ (Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá, Tódích’íí’nii | United States), Jeremy Leatinu’u (Ngāti Maniapoto, Sāmoa | Aotearoa), DB Amorin (Azores, Sāmoa (born Hawaiʻi) | United States), Central Pacific Time (Kānaka Maoli, United States | Hawai’i), Mario Lemafa (Sāmoa (born Hawaiʻi) | United States), Cory Taum (Kānaka Maoli | Hawai’i) 

*Key: Name (Tribe, Clan, or ethnic affiliation | Currently resides (if different)) 




Sean Connelly, Thatch Assembly with Rocks (2060s), 2017

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Tonga is an art historian and Curator Pacific Art at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is from the villages of Vaini and Kolofo’ou in Tonga and lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She holds a Master of Arts specializing in contemporary Pacific art and is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of Auckland. Her current research focuses on contemporary Pacific art in New Zealand and the Pacific with a particular interest in internet art from 2000 to present. Tonga has been involved in a number of writing and curatorial projects with Pacific artists from New Zealand and the wider Pacific. In 2012 she was an associate curator for the exhibition Home AKL, the first major group exhibition of contemporary Pacific art developed by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Other curatorial projects include Koloa et Al at Fresh Gallery Otara, Tonga ‘i Onopooni: Tonga Contemporary at Pātaka Art + Museum and most recently the major retrospective exhibition, Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists, Toi Art, Te Papa.

Devon Bella, Curatorial Consultant

Bella is an independent curator and arts advocate based in San Francisco, California. Her practice centers on the belief that art is a form of civic engagement, 11 community development, and can mobilize social change. Previously Bella was director of KADIST, San Francisco where she conducted local and international exhibitions, public programs, artist residencies, and art publishing. Bella received a Master of Arts in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009.

Scott Lawrimore, Curator in absentia

Lawrimore is an accomplice to artists and an exhibition caretaker based in Honolulu. Previously, he was an Exhibit Designer at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum – the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Installation Manager of the 2017 Honolulu Biennial, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, Chief Curator of the Frye Art Museum, and founder of his own exhibition space, Lawrimore Project. In these and other appointments over a 20-year career, he has been caretaker of over 300 exhibitions. As a writer and art historian, he has contributed to, published, or edited numerous exhibition and museum publications including Leo Saul Berk: Structure and Ornament (UW Press, 2015), Mark Tobey | Teng Baiye: Seattle | Shanghai (UW Press, 2014), and Buster Simpson // Surveyor (UW Press, 2013). As an advocate for future cultural producers, Lawrimore has taught practicum and curatorial theory courses for art history, BFA and MFA candidates at Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle University, the University of Washington, and the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.

JOSH TENGAN, Assistant Curator

Tengan is a Honolulu-born and based curator and arts project manager. Since 2015, he has worked with local and Native Hawaiian artists, through the arts non-profit Puʻuhonua Society, to deliver Hawaiʻi’s largest annual thematic contemporary art exhibition, CONTACT, which offers a critical and comprehensive survey of local contemporary visual culture. He is the recently appointed Assistant Curator of the 2019 Honolulu Biennial. He is a professional arts manager at Nā Mea Hawai‘i, managing public art installations in Honolulu for the past four years. He holds a Curatorial Studies MA with Distinction from Newcastle University (UK) and a BA in Fine Art from Westmont College.

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Here is a list of upcoming programming and events during Honolulu Biennial 2019, across all of our exhibition sites. For the full list of programming and events, visit our Events Page. For the most up-to-date event information, join our newsletter below or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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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 between January 22-March 5.

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March 8: Opening Party for Honolulu Biennial 2019!

The Hub will be opened with a Halau Mele blessing ceremony followed by hula performances and a poetry reading by Imaikalani Kalahele. Live music and performances by visiting artist and singer Allison Warden and a surprise, national touring musician from Hawaiʻi. Fashion show featuring works by HB19 artists Florence Jaukae Kamel and Taupouri Tangaro. Food, drinks, and general merriment. Meet and celebrate with HB19 participating artists! Open to the public.


March 8-10: Honolulu Biennial Opening Weekend

Stay tuned for more information on the incredible open weekend we have in store for you starting March 8 with the Opening Public Party (above) and expanding into the HB19 Symposium featuring an opening speech by Soichiro Fukutake, chairman of the board of the Fukutake Foundation and Founder of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima, the internationally acclaimed contemporary art complex on an island in the Seto Inland Sea. Another honored guest will be our Inaugural Artistic Director of HB17, Fumio Nanjo, an internationally-acclaimed curator and Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. There will be a fascinating line-up of performances and panels featuring HB19 artists and curators, moderated by some of the most interesting thought-leaders of the Pacific contemporary art world. HB19 exhibition sites will be open throughout the weekend.