A photo exhibit, sponsored by Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, depicting life at the Kalaupapa settlement has been traveling around the state since last December. Now the historic photos have landed at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center where they will stay until the end of the month.
The exhibit, titled Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa: E Ho’ohanohano a E Ho’omau, first opened at the East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo in December. More than 1,000 people saw the exhibit in its first month. Featured in the show are the pictures of Wayne Levin who has been photographing Kalaupapa since 1984. Historical photos are also included.
During the first half of 2012 the photo exhibit traveled to Oahu to appear at Windward Community College, Kapolei Hale and Honolulu Hale before arriving in Maui.
Levin, one of Hawaii’s most acclaimed photographers, has been taking pictures of family members since 2003 that honor their Kalaupapa ancestors. The exhibit also includes quotations from the people of Kalaupapa to give gallery viewers a deeper understanding of the photographs.
Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa Coordinator Valerie Monson has been leading walkthroughs of the gallery and its more than 100 exhibit photos. The next one is scheduled for Sept. 15. The guided walks are free and begin at 1 p.m.
A workshop titled, “The People of Kalaupapa as Active Participants in Their Own History,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 22, at the gallery. Although the workshop, led by historian Anwei Law, is aimed at educators, it is open to the public and is free.
Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa was founded to promote the dignity of every individual sent to Kalaupapa since 1866, through advocating on behalf of current residents; preserving the unique history of Kalaupapa; and bringing the Native Hawaiians sent to Kalaupapa back to their family histories, the history of Kalaupapa, and the history of Hawaii.
For more information. Go to the website www.kalaupapaohana.org or www.mauiarts.org.