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Kalaupapa Past, Present & Future on Exhibit at the MACC

September 6, 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, here is your chance. Now through Sunday, Sept. 30, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and Schaefer International Gallery will 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 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 Molokai.

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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The transformation of Kalaupapa from a place of shame to a sacred ground of reconnection and remembrance is evident in Wayne Levin’s photos, which are on exhibit at Schaefer International Gallery through Sunday, Sept. 30.

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.

This month's free public events include guided tours of the exhibit by Valerie Monson of Ka 'Ohana O Kalaupapa, on Saturday, Sept. 8 and 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. 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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