ART LUNCH: Mele Kahalepuna Chun ~ An Enduring Legacy

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 in
May 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Hawai‘i State Art Museum
250 S Hotel St
Honolulu,HI 96813


A featherwork lei by Mele Kahalepuna Chun. The lei starts on the left with brilliant red feathers and gradually adds pale taupe feathers and ends on the right will all light taupe feathers.

Third generation feather work artist Mele Kahalepuna Chun will discuss the perpetuation of traditional practice and the innovations of contemporary featherwork artists.

Mele began learning feather work, as a five year old, from her tutu “Aunty” Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Wentworth Peck Kekuewa. Through the years, she taught many classes and workshops alongside her tutu and mom, Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna and gave talks and lectures for them when they were not available.

Today she carries on the family legacy through continuing workshops and running the family shop Na Lima Mili Hulu No‘eau in Kapahulu (where she still has the very first lei hulu she ever made).

Art Lunch is a monthly meet-the-artist lecture series featuring presentations by notable artists and cultural practitioners. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe) and feed your creativity! Admission is always free and open to the public. More details to come.

HiSAM’s first floor Multipurpose Room, No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street. Parking across the street in the Ali’i Place building (entrance at 1099 Alakea St., 75 cents for 30 minutes for first 2 hours), metered parking at ‘Iolani Palace, or metered street parking. Or take TheBus, there are several lines that stop in front of or close to the building.