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“The Rest of the Story” from a Day in North Kohala

June 12, 2010
Picos Bistro Kapaau

First stop: a Pico's Bistro mango smoothie for breakfast

Yesterday, I posted my “official” North Kohala Celebrates King Kamehameha Day recap on the blog.

If you missed it, I hope you will take a look to read President Obama’s proclamation and to see a slide show of photos from the lei draping and the Kapaau parade.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit the Big Island of Hawaii, or for Big Islanders who haven’t made it to North Kohala in a while, this post is a look at a few photos that didn’t make the “corporate” photo set, hopefully giving you a better sense of why this historic area is so special (or reminding you to visit soon if you are on-island!).  I also want to say “mahalo” to my friend Shoshana Signer–she gave me an after-parade tour of Living Arts Gallery, an artists’ cooperative in Hawi. (Shoshana is pictured in the slide show with a few of her black and white prints.)

Susan O'Mally

Original fiber art by Susan O'Mally

When I stopped by Living Arts, Shoshana introduced me to Susan O’Mally, a member artist who was preparing for her first opening at the Gallery.  Susan is a papermaker and fiber artist.  She describes her papermaking process this way:

Starting with my machete, I harvest banana, wauke, hau, ginger, ma’o or mamaki stalks. After stripping the inner bast fibers from the stems, I cook these strands in soda ash, rinse them and beat them into a pulp. I prepare a vat of pulp and formation agents, submerse a screen and deckle into the vat to lift up the suspended fibers as a wet sheet of paper.

Susan’s “Paperworks 2010” can be seen until July 4 at the Gallery.

Slide Show

There are about 15 Kapaau “behind the scenes” parade photos in this set and about 15 from the Gallery and Hawi.

Two to note:  1) the shot of the ladies in the traditional clothing was taken as they were making a dash for the lanai when the rain started and 2) the horseback rider giving the “shaka” is Mayor Billy Kenoi (I hear he was worried about staying on his horse all day!) — it’s a bit dark, but he was smiling…happy, I’m sure to have made it through the parade without incident!

For descriptions of the photos, click on “from @Cynthia_Hoskins on Flickr” at the end of the slide show.

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