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A Reflection of Kalaupapa

Exhibit of past, present and future at the MACC.

August 16, 2012
The Maui Weekly

If you've ever made the trek to Kalaupapa peninsula on Molokai, or if you've ever wanted to learn more about this sacred place and infamous chapter in Hawai'i's rich history, now is your chance. From Sunday, Aug. 19, through Sept. 30, Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and Schaefer International Gallery are pleased to present the historical exhibition, "A Reflection of Kalaupapa - Past, Present and Future - Photography by Wayne Levin."

The historical role of Kalaupapa and its impact and influence on families and communities of Hawai'i is emphasized in the exhibit through Wayne Levin's eloquent portraits of Kalaupapa residents and their families. Supplemented by archival documents and interviews along with rarely seen historical photographs, Levin's work embodies the past and present of Kalaupapa, telling the complete story of this remote northern peninsula on the island of Moloka'i.

Kalaupapa represents a presence and an absence; it also represents the re-creation and loss of community as people were forced from their homes and landholdings and deposited in the wilderness. The transformation of Kalaupapa from a place of shame to a sacred ground of reconnection and remembrance is evident in this exhibit.

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Ancestors of Kalaupapa residents offer ho‘okupu at a field of over 1,000 unmarked graves. The transformation of Kalaupapa from a place of shame to a sacred ground of reconnection and remembrance is evident in this exhibit of photos by Wayne Levin.

Kalaupapa has been kept at a distance from conversations about Hawai'i, but the exhibit humanizes this chapter of Hawai'i's history, bringing names and faces, emotions and stories to life and reminding us that the chapter has not yet ended.

Free public events will supplement the exhibition:

On Sunday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., a talk-story session, "Remembering Kalaupapa," will take place in the McCoy Studio Theater. The discussion features eight panelists from Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa, family descendants of Kalaupapa, and journalist Val Monson as the moderator.

Photographer Wayne Levin will lead an exhibit walk-through on Monday, Aug. 20, at 3:30 p.m. and present a lecture, "Documenting through Photography," for high school students and the public in Schaefer International Gallery.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., historian Anwei Skinsnes Law will present a workshop entitled, "The People of Kalaupapa as Active Participants in Their Own History." This presentation is geared to teachers and will begin in Schaefer International Gallery.

MACC's gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and before shows in the Castle Theater. There's plenty of parking and admission is always free. Visit the "Exhibits" section.



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