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Art explores sacred places

by Kawailehua Kahumoku, staff writer

Linda Kane, a local artist inspired by Hawai‘i’s natural environment, opened an exhibit of her work at the HPU Art Gallery Nov. 30 that will run through Jan. 23, 2004.

Kane’s pieces are called Wahi Pana — Sacred Places —Kaho‘olawe, O‘ahu. The exhibition displays some of her recent work, sketches that are all done in charcoal.


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.

Kane believes that the subject of one of her works, the heiau in ‘Ewa, 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.


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