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DAWSON Art Project 

DAWSON Art Project logo

LOCATION
Honolulu, Hawaii

ORGANIZATION
DAWSON

EVENT TYPE
Cultural Program

DETAILS

DAWSON Art project is an initiative developed and sponsored entirely by the DAWSON companies that builds capacity in the Native Hawaiian contemporary art community by commissioning new works of art from a series of Native Hawaiian artists and hosting in-office exhibitions.

DAWSON Art Project 

Hulilua
DAWSON Art Project logo

LOCATION
Honolulu, Hawaii

ORGANIZATION
DAWSON

EVENT TYPE
Cultural Program

DETAILS
DAWSON Art project is an initiative developed and sponsored entirely by the DAWSON companies that builds capacity in the Native Hawaiian contemporary art community by commissioning new works of art from a series of Native Hawaiian artists and hosting in-office exhibitions.

 

DAWSON Art Project – Solomon Enos

DETAILS

Commissioned by DAWSON in 2015 for its Honolulu office as part of the inaugural DAWSON Art Project, The Next 500 Years is a 360 degree wrap-around mural by Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos. The mural features an aspirational view plane where mythical ancestors work side by side restoring the integrity and life of the land and forging familial relationships once again, between man, gods and nature. The center mural looks into Nuʻuanu Valley, up the ridges of the Koʻolau, into the realm of the gods. The mural sweeps ʻewa, to the left, out to the plains and beyond. To the right, we move through Puowaina and Kaimukī, following the natural lines of our principal land features all the way to Waikīkī, and the shoreline. Throughout the mural, epic ancestors calmly and purposefully go about their work preparing for the next 500 years with focus and clarity, restoring capacity for growth and abundance.

DAWSON Art Project – Solomon Enos

DETAILS

Commissioned by DAWSON in 2015 for its Honolulu office as part of the inaugural DAWSON Art Project, The Next 500 Years is a 360 degree wrap-around mural by Native Hawaiian artist Solomon Enos. The mural features an aspirational view plane where mythical ancestors work side by side restoring the integrity and life of the land and forging familial relationships once again, between man, gods and nature. The center mural looks into Nuʻuanu Valley, up the ridges of the Koʻolau, into the realm of the gods. The mural sweeps ʻewa, to the left, out to the plains and beyond. To the right, we move through Puowaina and Kaimukī, following the natural lines of our principal land features all the way to Waikīkī, and the shoreline. Throughout the mural, epic ancestors calmly and purposefully go about their work preparing for the next 500 years with focus and clarity, restoring capacity for growth and abundance.

 

DAWSON Art Project – Leleo Kinimaka

DETAILS
Alaia, Wave Slider, 2015 Leleo Kinimaka
Salvaged and native woods 9’ x 2’ surfboard

A lifelong waterman and Native Hawaiian surfboard maker, Leleo created this one-of-a-kind, traditional wave slider, made from a variety of woods, native and introduced. The board is a symbol of resourcefulness, sustainability and style. It stands at the ready, an object of artistic and functional beauty.

DAWSON Art Project – Leleo Kinimaka

DETAILS

Alaia, Wave Slider, 2015 Leleo Kinimaka
Salvaged and native woods 9’ x 2’ surfboard

A lifelong waterman and Native Hawaiian surfboard maker, Leleo created this one-of-a-kind, traditional wave slider, made from a variety of woods, native and introduced. The board is a symbol of resourcefulness, sustainability and style. It stands at the ready, an object of artistic and functional beauty.

DAWSON Art Project – Dalani Tanahy

LOCATION
Honolulu, Hawaii

ORGANIZATION
DAWSON

EVENT TYPE
Cultural Program

DETAILS
Heritage of Light, Love and Service, 2015, Dalani Tanahy
Hawaiian kapa and natural pigments, 1’ x 7’ and 2’ x 7’
In these genealogy inspired kapa, the artist connects the ancestral backgrounds of the Dawson ‘ohana. Scottish origins by way of Canada are joined with Hawaiian and haole roots, translated and combined through contemporary musings.

The Presence of Abundance, 2015, Dalani Tanahy
Hawaiian kapa, Two 3’ x 7’ banners
Dalani’s Hawaiian kapa evokes the time when Lono is present in rain, wind, and growth. The banners are trimmed with manu, bird forms, and the patterns bring up the fruits of the land during this time, kalo, ‘ulu, ‘uala, niu, ‘awa, (taro, breadfruit, sweet potato, coconut and kawa) The Makali‘i star constellation is our natural phenomenon reminding us of the seasonality of place, marking this time of gratitude. When the stars set in the Hawaiian horizon, the season of Lono will complete its cycle until the Makali‘i rises again. Solomon Enos created an impressionistic backdrop of a healthy valley, from the mountains to the sea, a place to envision the abundance of the land.

DAWSON Art Project – Dalani Tanahy

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DETAILS
Heritage of Light, Love and Service, 2015, Dalani Tanahy
Hawaiian kapa and natural pigments, 1’ x 7’ and 2’ x 7’
In these genealogy inspired kapa, the artist connects the ancestral backgrounds of the Dawson ʻohana. Scottish origins by way of Canada are joined with Hawaiian and haole roots, translated and combined through contemporary musings.

The Presence of Abundance, 2015, Dalani Tanahy
Hawaiian kapa, Two 3’ x 7’ banners
Dalani’s Hawaiian kapa evokes the time when Lono is present in rain, wind, and growth. The banners are trimmed with manu, bird forms, and the patterns bring up the fruits of the land during this time, kalo, ʻulu, ʻuala, niu, ʻawa, (taro, breadfruit, sweet potato, coconut and kawa) The Makaliʻi star constellation is our natural phenomenon reminding us of the seasonality of place, marking this time of gratitude. When the stars set in the Hawaiian horizon, the season of Lono will complete its cycle until the Makaliʻi rises again. Solomon Enos created an impressionistic backdrop of a healthy valley, from the mountains to the sea, a place to envision the abundance of the land.