1111 Victoria Street. Honolulu, HI 96814

March 24 - April 17, 2016


Foreign and Familiar was juried by artist and university educator, Dr. Herman Piʻikea Clark (New Zealand) and curator, critic and Honolulu Biennial co-founder, Isabella Ellaheh Hughes.

The exhibition focused on the experiences of communities that have migrated to and from Hawai‘i, and the subsequent impact that this amalgam of cultures imparted on the Islands. Whether it was Hawaiians leaving the Islands as a result of Kamehameha’s unification; Henry Opukaha‘ia’s impassioned plea in Boston that brought the first missionaries to Hawai‘i to “save the savages;” the earliest Chinese merchants intermarrying with Hawaiians, yet leaving Hawaiian ethnicity off the birth certificates of their children; or arrival of refugees from Micronesia and other Pacific islands due to the testing of weapons by the U.S. military – these histories have shaped the socio-cultural, political and economic fabric of Hawai‘i. 

Foreign and Familiar was not attached to a temporal time period; rather, artists were encouraged to think in broad terms on the impact that the foreign and familiar has on Hawaii’s future, present and past, offering new visualizations, both real and imagined, to navigate our relationships with our communities and island home. 


Foreign and Familiar describes the intersection between indigenous, kamaʻāina and settler cultures in Hawaiʻi and the impact this blending has had on shaping the character of our community and culture. In the development of this exhibition, Hawaiʻi artists were asked to respond to the concept foreign and familiar in the design and production of their works.   Each artist has been challenged to consider the relationship between intimacy and interdependence - whether geographic, social, economic or ecological – that has come to define Hawai’i as a place and a people.



Dr. Herman Pi‘ikea Clark (New Zealand) is a university educator, artist, designer and researcher of over twenty-years experience. He completed his Master’s of Fine Art in Visual Communication Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a Kanaka Maoli, Dr. Clark initiated the movement for Indigenous Art and Design studies at the University of Hawaii. He later continued this work in New Zealand where he implemented Maori and Pacific cultural philosophy into instruction within university level Design, Arts and Educational Studies programs at several tertiary institutions across the country. His doctoral study focused on the intersection of indigenous knowledge, technology and creative processes as a research and educational approach. Dr. Clark is Professor in the School of Indigenous Graduate Studies at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, one of NZ’s three accredited indigenous universities. Through the course of his international career as a university educator, researcher and practicing artist/designer, Dr. Clark has sought the translation of traditional knowledge and cultural concepts from the Pacific into applied academic and commercial applications for contemporary contexts. 


Isabella Ellaheh Hughes (Hawai‘i) is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation, in addition to being a curator and critic focused on contemporary art from the Asian continent and Pacific with an interest in transculture and the global nomad artist. She’s written for ArtAsiaPacific, Brownbook, Contemporary Practices, Frieze, Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Ibraaz and Whitehot Magazine, in addition to contributing to exhibition catalogues for the Singapore Art Museum, Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture and Barjeel Art Foundation. She is editor of the monograph, Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In (Aperture Foundation, 2015) and has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (DC), the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle), the US Embassy (Abu Dhabi), Art Dubai and Ayyam Gallery (London), amongst others. Hughes has served as a nominator for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program and Abraaj Capital Art Prize, as well as a juror for the YICCA 2013 International Contest of Contemporary Art and Art Omi International. A graduate of Punahou School, she has an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and BA in Art History from Boston University.



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Alexia Moore

Andrew Yamauchi

Bernice Akamine

Brandon Ng

Brenda Rodriguez

Charlie Dickson

Chelsea Kahea Field

Chris Ritson

Christopher Lee Bailey

Cindy Imada

Claudia Edwards

Colleen Kimura

Cory Taum  

Cotieng Beamer

Damon Kikkawa

Deanna Gabiga

Deborah G. Nehmad

Devin Oishi

Diana Lehr

Donna Louie

Douglas Young

Dru Hara

Eric Ordorica

Eric C. Cabato

Eric Ricky Allen Peters

Erika Garcia

George Woolard

Hal Lum

Hana Yoshihata

Hanale Hopfe

Harinani Orme and Debbie Young

Hayden Kahiau Butler

Helena Noordhoff

Imaikalani Kalahele

Jan Becket

Jan Dickey

Jane Chang Mi

Janetta Napp

Jerry  Vasconcellos

Jessi Devera

José J.  González

Joshua ʻIwi Lake

Kahi Ching

Kahiau Beamer

Kahikūkalā Hoe

Kai'ili Kaulukukui

Kamran Samimi

Kau'i Chun

Kazu Kauinana

KC Grennan

Keala Kahuanui-Paleka

Kevon Schiessel

Lance Genson Mahi La Pierre

Lauren Trangmar

Linny Morris

Marc Turner

Mark Alan Chai

Maya Lea Portner

Mealaaloha Bishop

Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Michelle Schwengel-Regala

Micki Kauwalu-Key 

Momi Greene 

Monica Woolsey 

Mr. Olalehua 

Nanea Lum 

Neilson Ishida 

Nina Yuen 

Olivier Koning 

Page Chang 


Pat  Pine 

Paul Anthony Galang 

Rachael Roehl 

Russell Sunabe 

Ryan Lee 

Scott Fitzel 

Sheanae Tam 

Sheika LeeAnn Alghezawi 

Shelly Amine 

Solomon Enos 

Sonny Ganaden

Star Padilla 

Taylor Johnson 

Tomiko Jones 

Ualani Davis 

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