Pacific Basin Institute Current Semester Events

The Hawai‘i Triennial: History, Place, Identity

For Spring 2022, the Pacific Basin Institute Lecture Series invites artists, curators, scholars, and activists to present bodies of work featured in the international exhibition The Pacific Century - E Ho‘omau no Moananuiākea, the 2022 Hawai‘i Triennial, which foregrounds the Hawaiian archipelago’s location at the confluence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania. Touching on the exhibition’s intersecting themes of History, Place, and Identity, our guests will consider the question: how can local cultural rights and sovereignty struggles be articulated in a global exhibition platform?

March 2, 2022 (Wednesday) @ 4:15 p.m. PST: Josh Tengan and Drew Broderick

Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick is an artist, independent curator, and educator from Mōkapu, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. Currently, he lives in Mānoa, Kona, Oʻahu, serves as director of Koa Gallery, Kapiʻolani Community College, and is a contributing member of the film collective kekahi wahi. Previously, he co-founded the annual open-call, thematic exhibition CONTACT (2014–19) with community arts organizer Maile Meyer, worked in the Hawai‘i-based art collective PARADISE COVE (2015–18), and operated an artist-run venue SPF Projects, Kakaʻako (2012–16). Collaborative curatorial projects in development include ʻAi Pōhaku (2023) and I OLA KANALOA (2019–), with Honolulu-based curator Josh Tengan, and Revisiting Kealakekua Bay, Reworking the Captain Cook Monument (2018–2024), as part of a hui of Hawaiʻi-based artist practitioners.

Joshua Thomas Kulamanu Tengan is a Honolulu-based independent curator and writer from Pauoa, Kona, Oʻahu, with a focus is on contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, Moananuiākea, and that of its diasporic communities. Since 2015, he has worked with local and Native Hawaiian artists, through the arts nonprofit Puʻuhonua Society, to deliver Hawaiʻi’s largest annual thematic contemporary art exhibition, CONTACT, which offers a critical and comprehensive survey of local contemporary visual culture. He recently served as Assistant Curator of the 2019 Honolulu Biennial. He is a professional arts manager at Nā Mea Hawai‘i, managing public art installations in Honolulu for the past four years. He holds a Curatorial Studies MA with Distinction from Newcastle University (UK) and a BA in Fine Art from Westmont College.

Webinar Registration (Josh Tengan and Drew Broderick)

March 9, 2022 (Wednesday) @ 4:15 p.m. PST: Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Dan Taulapapa McMullin is an artist and poet from Sāmoa i Sasa'e. Their book of poems Coconut Milk (2013) was on the American Library Association Rainbow List Top Ten Books of the Year. The Bat and other early works received a 1997 Poets&Writers Award from The Writers Loft. They co-edited Samoan Queer Lives (2018) published by Little Island Press of Aotearoa. Their work was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Metropolitan Museum, De Young Museum, Musée du quai Branly, Auckland Art Gallery and Bishop Museum. Their film Sinalela won the 2002 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Best Short Film Award. Their film 100 Tikis was the opening night film selection of the 2016 Présence Autochtone in Montreal and was an Official Selection in the Fifo Tahiti Film Festival. Taulapapa's art studio and writing practice is based in Muhheaconneock lands / Hudson, NY, where they live with their partner, and Lenape lands in Hopoghan Hackingh / Hoboken, NJ. Their artist book on the queer theirstory of Polynesia is being published by Pu'uhonua Society of Honolulu in February 2022 for the Hawai'i Triennial.

Webinar Registration (Dan Taulapapa McMullin)

March 28, 2022 (Monday) @ 4:15 p.m. PDT: Joan Lander, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina

Joan Lander and Puhipau (1937-2016) of Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (“The Eyes of the Land”), are an independent video production team that, since 1981, has focused on the land and people of Hawai‘i and the Pacific. They exist to document and give voice and face to traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, history, language, art, music, environment and the politics of independence and sovereignty. Their over 100 documentary and educational programs have been seen on PBS, Hawai‘i public and commercial television stations, public access cable channels, and broadcast/cable networks in Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Japan, Mexico and Europe. Their award-winning productions have been used by teachers and scholars in classrooms in Hawai‘i and throughout the world, and their iconic footage of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement has been featured in numerous documentaries by other producers.

Webinar Registration (Joan Lander, Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina)

April 11, 2022 (Monday) @ 4:15 p.m. PST: Bernice Akamine, 'A'ohe hana nui ke alu 'ia. No task is too big when done together by all.

Bernice Akamine began to pursue a career in art later in life than many artists. Akamine chose to raise a family and then return to school; during her studies at the University of Hawai‘i she rediscovered art; deciding that doing what one loves is most important, she changed her major and was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass, 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and glass, 1999. Akamine has been taking Hawaiian cultural classes and workshops throughout much of her life and during the summer and winter of 2010 attended the Hawaiian Ohana for Education in the Arts in Waimea. She is recognized for her kapa and work with waiho‘olu‘u, Hawaiian natural dyes. Akamine’s grandmother, Kaha Halela‘au was a kahuna lapa‘au, traditional Hawaiian healer, descended from generations of healers, and her mother, Audrey Elliott was a lauhala weaver.

Akamine’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; American Museum of Natural History, New York; Hallie Ford Museum, Salem, Oregon; Australian Museum, Sydney and the Queensland Art Gallery/Museum of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia among other public collections. Akamine received a Honolulu Biennial 2019, Golden Hibiscus, Honorable Mention Award; 2018, First Peoples Fund, Cultural Capital Fellowship; 2015, Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; 2012, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Community Scholar Award; 2003, Award of Excellence, Fiber Hawai‘i; and a 1999, Visiting Artist Award, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian, New York City.

Webinar registration (Bernice Akamine)