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“It is integral to my practice that my work connects people to one another and their community in new ways, creating new and lasting experiences. Again, I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to design this sculpture.” – Bobby Zokaites
Aloha <<First Name>>,

SMALL TOWN * BIG ART (ST*BA) is thrilled to share our latest project documentary by filmmaker Matt Pierce, featuring the work of sculptor Bobby Zokaites. Scroll to learn more about this piece, as well as the many outcomes of our June work with painter Sachelle Dae, poet Anu Yagi, the 2022 Hui Moʻolelo, the Maui Film Festival's ST*BA feature, and more. 

We are now preparing our next RFP/ call-to-artists and a new collaborative work for and with Wailuku. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and to follow our IG and FB to be the first to know what's next! 
Wailuku Wings
Enjoy this short film about the Wailuku Wings sculpture by Bobby Zokaites, located at 2471 Main St, Wailuku/ Imua Discovery Garden, which is grounded in ʻōlelo noʻeau: I mohala no ka lehua i ke ke'eke'ehi 'ia e ka ua. (Lehua blossoms unfold because the rains tread upon them. It is the rain that brings forth the lehua blossoms. So do gentle words bring forth much that is desired). ​View Bobby's project page HERE to read all about it, and enjoy his podcast episode HERE
ST*BA Artist Sachelle Dae
On June 30, community members gathered for the public unveiling of three paintings by Sachelle Dae and a 10-minute performance by Anu Yagi at First Hawaiian Bank Wailuku Branch, fronting Market Street. 

Uncle Bill Garcia opened the event with a blessing, sharing four oli that he selected for their relationship with the artists’ intentions, inspiration, and selected proverb to root the work in its sense of place: ‘ōlelo no‘eau #2829: Ua mau ke ea o ka āina i ka pono (the life of the land is preserved in righteousness). 

Special remarks and impressions were shared by artwork subjects Roselle Bailey and Wallette Pellegrino as well as Sissy Lake-Farm of the Maui Historical Society, Lisa Tomihama of First Hawaiian Bank and Maui painter Sachelle Dae

Artist Anu Yagi shared a written work based on her experience with the project, who gave birth to her daughter Luana one week following her Talk Story recording with Roselle Bailey, and whose partner, Kalapana Kollars, recorded his Talk Story recording with Walllette Pellegrino one week after the birth – an event that found its way into each facet of the artwork, for both Yagi and Dae. 

Our project documentary will be shared here later this month. To learn more, visit Sachelle's project page here. To read Anu's written work, click here
MAHALO: Susie Thieman of Lokahi Pacific, Robin Sajor and Brian Monzano of Clean & Safe, Gradon Cabacungan, Kevin Kochi and Kris Acang of Public Works, Zeke & Kelly Kalua for our sound, Lisa and team of First Hawaiian Bank, Steve Parker of 33 Market, Brain McCafferty and team from Teens on Call, Sean Hower and Paul from Creative Design Signs for assisting with Sachelle’s artwork, and our storytellers: Roselle Bailey, Wallette Pellegrino, Anuhea Yagi, Kalapana Kollars and baby Luana.
Hui Mo'olelo
Last year, participants of a ST*BA storytelling exchange led by artist Leilehua Yuen were paired up with community kūpuna to engage in an open talk story session. Each pairing met for an audio-recorded conversation with the goal of capturing an authentic moment of connection through stories that are embedded in a Maui sense of place. Recordings then became the foundation of our fall 2021 ST*BA call-to-artists process, wherein applicants based public art proposals off of a story of their choosing. 

Due to the project's strong resonance within our community, we asked Leilehua to take on a 2022 Hui Mo'olelo cohort to expand our network of storytellers, capture new Maui stories and inspire potential works of public art for our next call-to-artists, which offers an opportunity to expand into new Maui County neighborhoods. Click below to experience the recorded stories, which will form the foundation of our upcoming request for public art proposals
Hōkūlani Holt & Cody Pueo Pata (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Hōaka Delos Reyes & Anuhea Yagi (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Soon Yai Amaral & Diane Preza (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Johnny Mac & Dean Tokishi (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Sally Ann Delos Reyes & Lopaka White (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Wallette Pellegrino & Frank De Rego (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Michael K. Nāhoʻopiʻi & Kelly McHugh-White (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Dean Del Rosario & Shelly Preza (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Kahoʻiwai Belsom & Jocelyn Romero Demirbag (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Sissy Lake-Farm & Lopaka White (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Kekoa Enomoto & Kauwela Bisquera (Full Recording | Excerpt)
Annadelle Yahiro & Michael Bursack (Full Recording | Excerpt)
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Maui Film Festival
Congratulations to Richard O'Connor and his team at Ace & Son Moving Picture Company, whose ST*BA project was selected for this year's Maui Film Festival! His collection of 6 animated interpretations from our 2021 Talk Story series originally premiered at the Historic ʻĪao Theater and enjoyed an exhibit at Wailuku Coffee Company this spring. As a cohesive collection, the artwork was inspired by ʻōlelo noʻeau #327: E lauhoe mai na waʻa; i ke kā, i ka hoe; i ka hoe, i ke kā; pae aku i ka `āina. (Everybody paddle the canoes together; bail and paddle, paddle and bail, and the shore is reached. Pitch in with a will, everybody, and the work is quickly done.)

We look forward to all of the unique ways that this year's applicants will propose bringing our 2022 Talk Story collection to life!
Wailuku Arts District
A Wailuku Arts District Management Plan Advisory Committee comprising Wailuku-based arts programs, businesses and cultural practitioners recently completed a community-driven SWOT (situational analysis) to help steer our efforts. Take a look at the survey analysis HERE or watch an overview HERE
A partnership of the County of Maui, Hale Hō‘ike‘ike at the Bailey House/ Maui Historical Society, and the newly formed Maui Public Art Corps, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART pairs professional artists with community consultants to co-create public art that celebrates Wailuku's history, culture and sense of place. 

Engaging the public in both the process and the product, visual, performance and experiential art installations are created through community input that align with ‘ōlelo from Mary Kawena Pukui's ‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Political Sayings. 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 Projects

Wailuku + Manifestation of Vibration + Mrs. Wailuku by Sachelle Dae
Wailuku Wings by Bobby Zokaites
Small Town, Big Stories by Ball State University's EMDD Cohort
Wailuku Talk Story Animations by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co.
The Bits Left Behind by Adaptations Dance Theater
Return to the Source by Cory Taum
Wailuku Dance Crawl by Adaptations Dance Theater
 StoryCorps DIY with our Talk Story consortium
The Value of 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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