Kane’s work is inspired by her research of ancient and
modern Hawaiian cultural sites on Kaho‘olawe and O‘ahu,
many of which are still considered scared to indigenous Hawaiians. “Some
of my drawings are of places where I feel a sense of the sacred
even though they are not archaeological sites,” added
Kane believes that the subject of one of her works, the heiau
is a very scared place to the indigenous Hawaiian people. It’s found on
Navy land, access to it is restricted. Kane explained that archaeologists are
still unsure how the heiau was exactly used, however they know that it was “wahi
pana”: a scared place.
Today so few ancient sacred sites remain on the islands that we need to preserve
and educate people about them,” said Kane. “They are cultural treasures
and are important to all people.”
Kane has been drawing since she was a small child. She teaches drawing and
painting at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and at Kapiolani Community College.
The HPU Art Gallery on the windward campus is open Monday
through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.