Art Lives Here. 
"What you share is so much of a Hawaiian practice that sometimes we don’t even recognize it. And so that – maybe not silence, but many of the things that your kūpuna taught you – just observing, kilo, look at what what we’re doing in the forest versus trying to talk about it..." 
– Hōkūao Pellegrino in an excerpt from his Talk Story with Uncle Clifford Naeʻole
On Friday, March 11, 2022, artists Cory Taum (O‘ahu) and Adaptations Dance Theater (Maui) will collaboratively unveil their artistic interpretations of a recorded Talk Story between Clifford Naeʻole, Cultural Advisor at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Hōkūao Pellegrino, Sustainability & ʻĀina-Based Learning Designer & Facilitator of Kamehameha Schools Maui. 

Each artist has been working with the ST*BA team and meeting with Community Consultants to further root their pieces in the history, culture and sense of place of Wailuku. A contemporary dance performance will take place at the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary Building Hoapili Hale courtyard (pictured) immediately following a blessing of Taum's mural piece (sample work below) nearby. 

Click HERE for photos and press release + HERE for the developing project page. 
Cory Kamehanaokalā Holt Taum is a Hawaiian artist and active cultural practitioner sourcing his inspiration from the many stories and teachings of his ancestors and their relevance in today's drastically changing Hawaiʻi. With the surfaces he chooses as his canvas, he hopes to encourage the viewer to question the current state of urbanization and its effect on the health of the land and the people of Hawaiʻi. 
Contemporary dance company Adaptations Dance Theater creates groundbreaking work to spark new energy in the local dance community. By producing original works and creating professional performance opportunities on an annual basis, ADT addresses a specific need to create and sustain a home for professional contemporary dancers on Maui so that they may create, collaborate, and grow in their artistry without having to leave their island home to do so. 
MAHALO: Clifford Naeole + Hōkūao Pellegrino; StoryCorps DIY; Akakū Maui Community Media; Kumu Leilehua Yuen; Stephanie Ohigashi, International and Regional Partnerships Coordinator for the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College; Sandy Kozaki, Ernest DeLima, and Marsha Yamada of the Hawaiʻi State Judiciary; Aunty Wallette Pellegrino; and the 164 individuals who responded to our last eNewsletter!
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Mary Kawena Pukui and the Emerging Wailuku Arts District
We recently sat down with Kumu Hula Cody Pueo Pata and artist Amanda Joy Bowers to talk story about the ways that the work of Mary Kawena Pukui is influencing the revitalization of Wailuku. 

The conversation was prompted by an announcement by Mayor Michael Victorino that the County of Maui is now developing a portion of what was formerly referred to as the Wailuku Civic Complex into the Hālau of ʻŌiwi Art, a cultural center for hula and associated ʻōiwi arts. 

Read about this endeavor HERE and enjoy the recorded conversation HERE
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Where to Next? 
Don't forget to let us know your thoughts on where our next creative placemaking program should take place! Nominate any neighborhood throughout the County of Maui, and please, forward this to others so that they may chime in! The survey closes on February 28, 2022. 
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APRIL 2022 ST*BA Artist
Recorded and edited by Akakū Maui Community Media studios, a series of six Talk Story sessions between exemplary intergenerational pairings became the basis for our latest RFP (request for proposals) that asked artists to bring a story to life through a work of visual, performing or experiential public art. 

In April 2022, we will release animated shorts of all six Talk Story recordings by Richard O'Connor of Ace & Son Moving Picture Company. Listen to the excerpts and learn more HERE
Check out this sample of their work for StoryCorps!
We are currently seeking additional locations where the Wailuku story animations can be exhibited. Have a screen, space or other idea? Let us know.
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Developed through a 2018 Our Town grant by the ​National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), SMALL TOWN * BIG ART is a creative placemaking collaboration of County of Maui + Hale Hōʻikeʻike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society + Maui Public Art Corps that aims to develop a public arts district that is focused on the distinctive sense of place, history and culture of Wailuku, Hawaiʻi. 

Engaging the public in both the process and the product, ongoing art installations such as plays, murals, sculptures, storytelling events and more are created with community input that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings. Each artwork is spearheaded by professional artists that have submitted project applications exhibiting exceptional quality, style, experience in creating communal or public art and significance to place. Through many hands and many voices, these creative interpretations represent a revitalized identity for this small town with the BIGGEST heart. Learn more.
Past ST*BA Art

Wailuku Dance Crawl by Adaptations Dance Theater
 StoryCorps DIY with our Talk Story consortium
Storytelling with Leilehua Yuen
​E ala! E alu! E kuilima! by Lori Hepner
Mana Wahine by Bailey Onaga, Courtney Chargin, Amanda Joy Bowers, Alex Underwood
Makai to Mauka by Jaclynn Sabado-Eitel
Hoʻomau by Kirk Kurokawa
The Legacy Series by Avi Molinas
ʻAlalā Renaissance by Michael Takemoto
​Ma kāhi o ka hana he ola malaila by Eric Okdeh 
Birds of a Feather by MAPA 
Chinese Take Out Super Size by Sean Baba
​Hīnaʻi by Jessica Bodner
Pō Meke‘au by E.H.A.
Día de los Muertos by Jackie Goring and Tamara Li
Eli by Emmanuel Jarus
lost & found by Andy Behrle
Mauka to Makai by PangeaSeed, featuring Lauren Brevner | Joey Rose & Alex Underwood | Gregg Kaplan | Kai Kaulukukui | Dulk | Cory Kamehanaokalā Taum | E.H.A | Mary Iverson | Wooden Wave | Techs


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