Featured Exhibit: Ho’oku’i I Nā Kiko by Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarallo


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Volcano Art Center is proud to announce the exhibition Ho’okuʻi i nā Kiko (Connecting the Dots).  Presented by Hale Nauā III, Society of Maoli Arts,  the exhibit displays the multi-media artworks of Natalie Mahina Jensen and Lucia Tarallo.  The exhibit will be on display 9am -5pm daily at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park from March 31st – May 6th, 2018.  The public is invited to a free lecture provided by Lucia Tarallo beginning at 3pm on March 31st, with an opening reception to follow.  While these events are free, National Park entrance fees apply.

The extensive collection of art and cultural works created for this exhibit by the mother-daughter duo present a harmonious collection of modern and iconographic works of art imbedded with historical and philosophical points of view.  Most importantly, is the poignant telling of the Battle of Kuamo’o, fought on Hawai’i Island in 1819.  This singular event in Hawai’i’s history has long be shrouded in what some believe to be erroneous perspectives; historical truths feared to be offensive.  Photographs, paintings, sculptures and feather articles deliver a sublime message connecting the viewer artistically with the provenance of ancient designs. Jensen’s paintings, in particular, display indigenous iconographic designs rendered to weave a human-life story or a particular Maoli belief.  Feather and ribbon capes and sashes made by Tarallo reveal the history of the making of capes during particular eras.

“The Volcano Art Center is honored to present this unique collection of art by two incredibly talented women”, states gallery manager Emily C. Weiss.   “Together their mastery of ancient art forms expose viewers to works of art which also encourage investigation into Hawai’i unique history.   Both artists have used the fine arts venue as an avenue of exploration since the Hawaiian Renaissance.  Their belief is that the foundation of the culture has become esoteric and only truly understood by a few.  Their hope is that by presenting historical events within their collections of art people will begin questioning pieces of history that have been overlooked or avoided all together. Their goal is to allow the viewer to achieve a better understanding of Hawai’i’s culture today by presenting events from the past.”

To learn more about Lucia Tarallo and her artistic process visit her bio page here.

To learn more about Natalie Mahina Jensen and her artistic process visit her bio page here.

Those interested in learning more about the Battle of Kuamo’o and the events leading up to the momentous event in Hawai’i Island history are welcome to attend a free lecture titled “The Last Truth”.  The lecture offered by Lucia Tarallo, takes place at 3pm on the opening day of the exhibition at the Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.   The lecture will be followed by an opening reception where the public is invited to meet the artists.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through arts and education.  Please visit for more information or call our gallery at (808) 967-7565.  To purchase exhibit items visit our features exhibit page.


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