Shadow Box Gallery
At the September 19th, 2018 Mental Health & Community Wellbeing FEAST, local illustrator Rose Ranada was awarded $850 to support her in creating a gallery that uses shadow imagery to contrast stories of despair and hope. Rose is currently preparing the gallery and will be showcasing it to the community in spring 2019.
At the July 13th, 2018 FEAST, held in conjunction with the Moana Lani Festival, local pianist Monika Haar was awarded $700 to support her creation of a piano piece and accompanying short film (titled “Transparency”) to bring awareness to the lifespan of plastic and its impact on marine life. Monika has recently finished Transparency and will be screening it soon in Hawaii.
“The Finch Will Flourish” / Hallway of Hope
At the May 10th FEAST, local artist and art educator Boz Schurr was awarded $800 to support her ongoing “Hallway of Hope” project. This project involves working with her students to create murals in Child & Family Service facilities that house women, children, and families freeing crisis situations. Boz Shurr also cultivated the June FEAST exhibition, The Finch Will Flourish. This exhibition focused on transforming public and private spaces into places that feel safe and inviting. The exhibition ran from June 1-15th, 2018 at the ARTS at Marks Garage, and included a First Friday opening celebration, community talk story, and film screening.
Daniel Akaka Mural
At the November 9th FEAST, local artists Jeff Kaneta (with Playground Art Crew), Lauren Chai, and Lauren Okumoto (both with Pena People) won $600 to support a mural of Daniel Akaka at the Kaneohe Elementary School. Daniel Akaka, the “Aloha Statesman”, was the first U.S. senator with native Hawaiian ancestry, and fought to bring the issues of the Hawaiian community to the national stage. On May 20th, 2018, a ceremony was held at Kaneohe Elementary to unveil the mural, where four generations of the Akaka family, along with staff and students of Kaneohe Elementary, celebrated the late senator Daniel Akaka by underscoring his mural with their handprints.
Honolulu Wetland Revival Project
At the first ever FEAST held on June 7th, 2017, winning artist Kayleigh Chalkowski was awarded $1000 for the Honolulu Wetland Revival Project – a series of life-size paintings of native wetland birds and plants along Pauahi St. Murals of the flora and fauna that once inhabited Chinatown were unveiled in the bulbout space along Nuuʻanu Ave and Pauahi St at the beginning of January, 2018.