The Lo‘i Gallery

The land upon which the ASB Campus sits – and its surrounding areas – was once filled with lush lo‘i kalo (taro patches), nourished by the Nu‘uanu Stream, which flows alongside. Just as the lo‘i nurtures the kalo within, ASB’s Lo‘i Gallery provides a space for artists of Hawai‘i to share their talents with the community.

20% of sales from this gallery will benefit one of ASB's Kahiau Partners – Child & Family Service, Kapiolani Health Foundation, Kupu, Partners in Development Foundation and United Way.

The Lo‘i Gallery currently features the following artists. For purchases and inquiries, please contact the artist directly.

Roen Hufford

(808) 937-9729 | honopua@gmail.com

Roen Hufford learned the art of kapa as a lifelong student of her mother, Marie McDonald. She began beating kapa in 2000 and has since had her work shown throughout the state of Hawaii at Hoea Gallery, Bishop Museum, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Merriman’s Restaurant in Waimea, the Kahilu Theater and more. Hufford continues her mother’s legacy of sharing the ancient art of kapa by working with fellow kapa makers and students. In 2011, she participated in a kapa-hula collaboration, which culminated in a performance by Halau O Kekuhi at the Merrie Monarch Festival. This experience was captured in the documentary film, Ka Hana Kapa, which recorded the process and preparation for the event and the practice of beating kapa.

Kenyatta Kelechi

(808) 224-9590 | kelechikenyatta@gmail.com

Invented in Europe in the mid-1800s, wet-plate photography was brought to Hawai‘i by Western photographers to document and share what they saw. Photographer Kenyatta Kealoha Kelechi specializes in this tedious, archaic method that involves a harmony of chemicals and timing in capturing his subjects. Of African American, Hawaiian, Chinese, Caucasian and Native American heritage, Kelechi grew up in Kailua with identity being something he wanted to explore further, with portraiture as his chosen medium. His recent body of work, “Manachrome,” is a series of portraits of Native Hawaiian practitioners. Kelechi’s presentation reveals how this series has opened up an opportunity to connect with his culture and discover parts of his own identity.

John Tanji Koga

kogajohn@gmail.com

John Tanji Koga is a modernist sculptor and painter whose works are part of museum, corporate, public, and private collections around the world. His pieces range in scale and medium from small paintings to large bronze sculptures. Born in Honolulu, he earned an MFA in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Hawaii and studied sculpture at a foundry in Pietrasanta. He is known for abstract and semi-abstract sculptures and paintings inspired by the ocean and mountains of Hawai‘i. His goal is to convey a sense of serenity, balance, and space. Koga has received multiple awards from the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and is an active participant in promoting the arts in Hawai‘i.