Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki Art Invitational & CD Launching @ Gallery ʻIolani
• Windward Community College
• Opening Reception: Friday June 20, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
• CD Launching: Imaikalani Kalahele & Peter Kealoha
• Gary Pak Trio with Babatunji Heath, drums/percussion, & Chris Uchibori, bass, flute & brass
• Summer Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 1 to 5 pm
(Details from work by April A.H. Drexel, Mark Hamasaki, Kupaa Hee, Carl F.K. Pao and John Pule)
Sixteen visual artists have produced new work inspired by the late Wayne Kaumualii Westlake’s poems from “Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki” (University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2009:138-169): Jan Becket, Drew Broderick, Kauka de Silva, April A.H. Drexel, Mark Hamasaki, Kupaa Hee, Imaikalani Kalahele, Kapulani Landgraf, Colin Lee, Michael D. Marshall, Carl F.K. Pao, John Pule, Tagi Qolouvaki, Shinichi Takahashi, Cory Taum, & Maikaʻi Tubbs. Retrospective work includes “24” (circa 1987) by Keiko Hatano honoring Westlake’s work and his athleticism. “24” is the number of his Punahou football jersey. The exhibit debuts Westlake’s concrete poetry triptych “Dogo,” “Spit” and “Thank You” (circa 1983).
Our Westlake Art Invitational also celebrates the official release of the CD, Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki, Songs from Wayne Kaumualii Westlake’s Poems. The album features 26 original and unique songs by musicians, composers, and poets from Aotearoa/New Zealand to Cordoba, Argentina and is available exclusively from http://www.nativebookshawaii.com/. All sales directly support Native Books/Nā Mea Hawaiʻi. Musician, composers, singers, and poets include (in order of appearance): Imaikalani Kalahele; Wendell Ing & Hawaii Island Friends (Pedro Kaawaloa, Jacob Bernabe, Justin Chittams, Dianne Gallina, Laura Saijo, Malu Debus, Trever Veilleux, Gonzo, Danny Steiner & Robert Abe); Hans Keoni Wilhelm; Ryan Oishi; Richard Hamasaki; Amy Yamashiro (with Melody Loveless & Caryn Freitag); Daren Kamali & Grace Taylor (with Anonymous @ Myome Music); Fred Ho (1957-2014) & Nana Soul, aka Iyanna Jones (with Tylon U-Savior Washington & Shawna Glover @ BW Moving Images Studio); Sia Figiel (with H. Doug Matsuoka); Three Fried Men (featuring Chris King, Nick Barbieri, Mark Buckheit, & David Melson with Meghan Gohil @ Hollywood Recording Studio); Teresia Teaiwa & Vaitoa Mallon (with Jason Wright & Christine White); Judge Nothing (featuring Doug Raffety); John Pule (with Fred Renata, Levani Vosasi III [Tuituba] & Colleen Brennan); Key of Dirty (featuring Kimo Armitage, Micky Huihui, Koakāne Mattos & Loren Pabila); Augusto Alcalde; Daniel Pak (lead singer for Kore Ionz); Hinemoana Baker & Christine White; Babatunji Health; Lydia Muawesi; Robert C. Goetz (with Adam Long & Mark Buckheit); and Kenneth Gofigan Kuper (with Jerico Aguon & Jeremiah Klassen).
Top: Westlake with Charlot Boll (circa 1966) used with permission (with thanks to Ryan Oishi) Middle: Westlake at the Takahashi residence in Kaimukī (Mark Hamasaki photograph, circa 1983) Bottom: Westlake reading at Heʻeia Kea (Mark Hamasaki photograph, 1983)