While walking down to the glass blowing studio at the Hui No`eau, two of my Maui friends commented this was their first time ever stepping foot on property. I was a bit astonished. I knew they were busy running their own small businesses, but surely they appreciated art? Nope, they said–no time to appreciate much while they were working. It may get easy to get stuck in your grind, but that’s no excuse to avoid the Hui. In fact, the Hui has launched a few new ways to get cozy with them.
They’re open every day from 9am to 4pm for your own self-guided tours of the property. You’re also invited to bring a picnic lunch and roam. You can buy a guidebook for $6 for self-touring. They have an amazing variety of botanical life, and here and there you run across a sculpture or an outdoor art piece next to a 100-year-old Monkeypod tree. The grounds also have beautiful old ruins and lots of inspirational Upcountry air. If you’d like a guided tour, that’s an option, too: they start at 10am for $12, but you need to make a reservation.
The Hui gallery is always housing a spectacular exhibition, like the current Voyaging: A Themed Exhibition at Hui No`eau, which hangs through July 28. Voyaging was curated from local artist submissions. The show has sculpture, painting, photography and other mixed media. Entry to the the gallery and visiting their gift shop is free. In fact, the gift shop is hosting a Father’s Day sale through Friday.
Besides these wonderful reasons to stop by, the Hui has a new offering for wedding couples and parties called “To Have and To Hold.” They’re inviting brides, grooms–either on their own or with their wedding parties and families–to visit the Hui and create a keepsake. They will set you up with a custom experience in the jewelry studio or the glassblowing studio, where you can build a goblet or jewelry to take home with you. It sounds incredibly romantic, doesn’t it?
The summer at the Hui will be buzzing with the beautiful energy of youth as Camp Kaluanui gets in full swing. The folks at the Hui say their mission is to unlock creativity through exceptional visual arts education and to enhance that endeavor through the preservation of the historic Kaluanui Estate. Camp Kaluanui will run through the first week of August.
Even if you already have a camp for your keiki, the Hui offers individual art classes and “Family Friday’s at the Hui,” where the family can come together and enjoy workshops. The next one takes place on Friday, July 8 and the theme is Handmade Artist Books and Journals. You must sign up in advance and it’s $25 per person but includes pizza, water, supplies and an instructor.
Summer will see a number of visiting artists at the Hui as well. Yvonne Manipon of Honolulu will be teaching teachers at her three workshops on Connecting STEAM Concepts with STEM Based Activities. Nathalie Nunez comes back to the Hui from Santa Fe to teach Digital Flower Painting and Photo Emulsion Silkscreen. Gordon Umialiloalahanauokalakaua Kai and Janice Leinaala Noweo Kai will host a free talk story and demo on July 15 about how they craft Native Hawaiian weapons, fish hooks and weave lauhala and cording. Later, they have workshops to sign up for to make your own Pe`ahi Lauhala and Makau.
The Hui also invites the community at large to become members. Anyone can join. If you’re a member, then you’re invited to come to the Annual Members Meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 3:30pm. What’s more, the Hui has launched a brand new look on their website–go to Huinoeau.com to experience it. For more information on any of their classes, camps or tours, call 808-572-6560.
“Teach the Teachers” Program
Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. Workshops are $10 each. Preference is given to teachers who work in a classroom setting. With hands-on activities and sample lesson plans provided in class, these workshops are ideal for teachers of elementary and preschool students. Register online at Huinoeau.com or by calling 808-572-6560
Five Patterns in Nature: Science and Math Connections
Friday, June 24 / 10am-12pm
Participants will discover visible regularities of form found in nature while creating connections with mathematics to help explain abstract patterns. Natural patterns include spirals, meanders, packing, branching and explosion.
Sea Turtles: Science and Engineering Connections
Saturday, June 25 / 10am-12pm
Participants will learn interesting facts about various sea turtle species and how they have survived through the ages. They will create sea turtles out of clay by studying their anatomy and special characteristics.
Mandala Sculpture: Engineering and Technology
Sunday, June 26 / 10am-12pm
This workshop will help students understand the impact that trash has on our lives. Participants will create an interactive, site-specific sculpture that links “ephemeral” Navajo sand paintings and Tibetan sand mandalas.
For more Hui Noeau Events see https://mauitime.com/venue/hui-noeau-visual-arts-center/