by Julia Steele
photo by Kyle Rothenborg
Dr. Ha‘aheo Guanson (at right in the photo), who, along with Dr. Reverend Kaleo Patterson (at left), runs the PJRC. Local artist Meleanna Meyer displayed vibrant canvases filled with the colors and textures of traditional Hawaiian life; two of her paintings remain on display, including a beautiful large-scale study of a lauhala mat. Photographer Jan Beckett hung his images of a heiau (temple) threatened with destruction. Kuna Indian women from Panama displayed the intricate, colorful "mola" clothing they make, garments that became symbolic of non-violent struggle after the government outlawed molas in the 1920s and Kuna women continued to wear them.
In December, says Ha‘aheo, the gallery showed "work that focuses on the connections between people and land"the work of Solomon Enos, an acclaimed young Hawaiian artist from the Wai‘anae Coast whose work explores Island mythologies.
Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center Art Gallery