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School to Community Art Exhibit opens at Kahilu Gallery

Keila, Jason and Isaac Ray pose in beside Isaac’s painting, titled “Reef.” Isaac attends Parker School. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
Keila, Jason and Isaac Ray pose in beside Isaac’s painting, titled “Reef.” Isaac attends Parker School. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
Waimea Elementary kindergartners, Tyler Keolanui-Leslie, Nikaiya Bergan and Luke Gee pose in front of their stained glass eggs. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
Waimea Elementary kindergartners, Tyler Keolanui-Leslie, Nikaiya Bergan and Luke Gee pose in front of their stained glass eggs. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
Tyler Yamada, a fifth grader at Waimea Elementary, poses by his drawing of a nene goose. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
Tyler Yamada, a fifth grader at Waimea Elementary, poses by his drawing of a nene goose. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
During an opening protocol chant, Pua Case “wakes up” the artwork. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
During an opening protocol chant, Pua Case “wakes up” the artwork. (PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH ANDERSON)
Noah Henderson, a student at Hawaii Preparatory Academy poses with his colored pencil drawing, "Plantation House Stillness."
Noah Henderson, a student at Hawaii Preparatory Academy poses with his colored pencil drawing, "Plantation House Stillness."

The 2nd annual Waimea School to Community Art Exhibit is now open in the Kahilu Theatre Gallery. The show will run through July 3rd and features students, K-12, their family members and teachers sharing creative work in a variety of mediums centered around a theme of: “E Ola Mau Na Leo Kupuna – The Voices of Our Kupuna Live.”

Art from students of Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School, Kanu O Ka `Aina Charter School, Waimea Elementary School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Parker School, Waimea Country School, and Kamehameha Preschool are featured in the show. The art ranges from oil on canvas, stained glass, ceramics, pencil on binder paper, coconut leaf weaving and much more.

This exhibit was organized by Jennifer Bryan and was the brainchild of the Waimea Education Hui, a group of local teachers and education administrators dedicated to working together for the benefit of all keiki of Waimea. The purpose of the Hui is to share information and resources between schools and educators of the area. In Waimea the Hui aims for children to understand that they are all one community.

The exhibit is free, open to the public, and was made possible by Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School, ‘Ike Hawai‘i, Kanu O Ka `Aina Charter School, and Kahilu Theatre. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m., and during all performances. Classes and other groups can schedule visits outside gallery hours by emailing info@kahilutheatre.org.