11:30a-12:00p: KEALOHA: The Story of Everything is produced and presented by Engaging the Senses Foundation. Kealoha, Hawaiʻi’s Poet Laureate and MIT Nuclear Physics graduate, condenses 13.7 billion years into a sound bite of time for HB19. The Story of Everything is a creation story (in epic poem format) that dramatizes explanations for human origin, drawing from sources as diverse as the Big Bang theory, disco, genetics, Michael Jackson, and the Kumulipo – the 18th-century Hawaiian creation oli. Full show premiers at Hawaii Theatre March 26th, 2019.
12:00p-12:45p: Golden Hibiscus Award Presentation: The Golden Hibiscus is a $10,000 cash prize awarded to one HB19 participating artist by a jury composed of Fumio Nanjo, Christine Y. Kim, Konrad Ng and Isabella Ellaheh Hughes. Opening speech by Soichiro Fukutake, chairman of the board of the Fukutake Foundation and Founder of the Benesse Art Site Naoshima Art Islands, Japan.
1:00p-2:00p: Title: On Sacred Ground – Native Hawaiian Artists on Arts, Justice and the Environment. Artist Panel with Bernice Akamine, Kapulani Landgraf and Maika'i Tubbs. A collective conversation about the arts, social justice, and the environment. Moderated by Reuben Roqueñi, director of National Artist Fellowships, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. This panel will delve into tactics Native Hawaiian artists are taking up to push back on centuries of cultural colonialism, identity, genealogical and cultural reckoning and its contemporary manifestations. Their work prompts civic discourse, revealing the complexities around Native natural resources, sacred sites, sovereignty, and historical injustice.
2:15p-3:15p: Artist Talk with DAKOgamay. An intimate and lively talk story with HB19 artists Martha Atienza and Jake Atienza, moderated by Matthew Lynch, University of Hawai'i Systems Sustainability Coordinator. Learn more about the power of art and expression as a unique and important approach to climate communication and climate action.