HPU Art Gallery

HPU Art Gallery Calendar of Events

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its 2014 - 2015 exhibition schedule. The primary focus of the gallery is to showcase the work of artists who live and work in Hawai‘i. HPU Gallery Curator, Sanit Khewhok, noted, “Our gallery program continues to draw the attention of artists and audiences alike. Annually we review far more portfolios of work than we can possibly accommodate. Our selection this year includes an exciting diversity of media and styles.” 

2014-2015 Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery Schedule

September 28 – November 14, 2014

MAP3 (Maoli, Art, Pedagogy) – Final Actsmap3

Kanaka Maoli Artists (Curators: Pete Britos and Meleanna Meyer)

For the past three years, a group of Hawaiian artists have engaged at HPU in a fruitful conversation about the mapping, conventions, and vocabulary of art and pedagogy in Hawai‘i and beyond. In their third and final exhibition, the metaphor mobilized within the framework of MAP is a theatrical analogy and invoking of the notion of “play,” or to “act.” A final act is as well about where we live―and die (sometimes you choose, sometimes you don’t). A final act is where we choose home to be. A final act is what we choose to do. A final act is how we choose to frame what has been, is, or will become. Artists in MAP3 include Harinani Orme, Al Lagunero, Meleanna Meyer, Kazu Kauinana, Solomon Enos, Lilette Subedi, Brook Parker, and Pete Britos. (Download Press Release)

November 23, 2014 – January 16, 2015

Moving in Place

Christine Koroki and Satomi Suyama

Moving in Place FlyerThe exhibition called “Moving in Place” incorporates the drawings and paintings of Christine Koroki and Satomi Suyama produced in the past two years.  The HPU Gallery juxtaposes the two artistic positions as the various facets and energies can be compared and bounced or reflected from one wall to the next.  What makes things things?  Is it the identity of the subject itself, its parts, the space that surrounds them, or its relationship to something else that is essential?  Viewed side by side, one is presented with a visual harmony as both artists question and concern themselves with movement, stillness, relationships and transformation.

January 25 – March 13, 2015

The White Show

Daven Hee, May Izumi, and Jon Vongvichai

Three Hawaii born artists and friends come together to explore their interpretation of “white” and how it relates to their work.  Each will explore the interpretative transparencies about how a color and its many incarnations will manifest itself into literal or figurative transformative qualities as we examine all aspects of white.  By adopting the names of ‘perfect’ white paints from various manufacturers and applying them to their handmade work, they hope to work with contrast, texture, and content possibly achieving and suggesting the idea that perfect can also be imperfect.

March 22 – May 1, 2015

HPU Annual ‘Ohana Exhibition

An exhibition of artwork in various media by artists from the HPU community, including HPU’s talented students.

May 10 – July 3, 2015


Phil Jung

“I see this group of images as a contemporary look at our social landscape through the windshields, or windscreens, of parked cars. I am fascinated by how these unique personal spaces can be rendered in a photographic image. A car's interior defines the line between public and private space. While peering into these spaces I wonder if the interior, often littered with personal articles, can describe the way language, religion, economy, government and other cultural phenomena play a role in the owner's life. The largest challenge of the project is taking something as iconic as the automobile and adding something new to a conversation that has been going on since its inception. The gasoline-powered vehicles that were introduced in 1896 represented freedom, hope, exploration and independence—quintessentially American ideals. By 1947, when the photographer Wright Morris made his image of an aging Model T, those early ideals had already begun to deteriorate. Like Morris's pictures, Windscreen is about a culture that is disappearing. When combing through neighborhoods for cars, I look first for the way light enters a car and renders color. If I find nothing inside its cabin that tells something about its owner, I move on. Above all, the car needs to be drivable or just recently taken off the road. If a car sits for too long uninhabited, it loses something. The composite of this space reflects who we are, where we come from and, possibly, where we are going.

July 12 – September 11, 2015

Chromatic Species, Native Birds

Jessica Orfe

“He ali‘i ka manu, A bird is a chief” (A bird flies and perches higher than any human).  Hawai‘i hosts a variety of endemic feathered species.  Both the bird and the rainbow are fitting metaphors for the energy of the island and those inhabiting it.  Fragile yet strong, vibrant and ephemeral, so many of the island gems seem to be.  An idealized notion of a bird is a free spirit, aspirations.  This ornithological series, “Chromatic Species, Native Birds,” is painted in chromatic watercolors to reference the spectrum of light and the vibrancy of life that we all share.

Painting the Story

Eve Strauss

<p“As I paint, the story of the painting consists of my interpretation of what I see and sense, and by implication it includes elements of my own story and experiences. In the process of looking at the painting, each person adds to the original story by finding connections to his or her own abundance of visual and sensory experiences. That way the story of the painting becomes open-ended, an invitation to acknowledge and appreciate our inherent creativity and imagination.”

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is located on HPU’s windward Hawai‘i Loa campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, in Kaneohe.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Parking and admission is free and the public is invited.  For more information call 544-0228.