TEMPLE CHILDREN ARTIST FILMS

RESIDENCY DIRECTOR'S CUT BY EMAD RASHIDI

 

A peek into our experimental residency on the Big Island of Hawaii'i, merging food + art + environment for the benefit of the Hilo community, featuring Ellen Rutt, Cryptik, MEGGS, Emad Rashidi, Shun Ceramics, Mark and Soni Pomaski of Moon and Turtle, and Ernie Gray of Poke Market. 


Shot and Directed by our featured filmmaker-in-residence, Emad Rashidi / Music by Emiliano Secchi, "The Reason."

 
 

‘ABOVE & BENEATH,’ RECAP BY ANDREW RICHARD HARA

 

‘Above and Beneath,’ is a collaboration between Temple Children x House of Meggs x Andrew Richard Hara at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center, created with the objective of bringing new color, movement and life to the area as part of #ActivatePuna. The design is inspired by photographs captured by Hawai‘i Island-native Andrew Hara of the raw, natural and ever-changing landscape of Puna during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. The 3,000+ square-foot abstract artwork celebrates Puna community unity, resilience, and regeneration, and pays homage to the Big Island's celestial elements of earth, fire and water.

 
 

'Revitalize Hilo' RESIDENCY, FILM BY CORY S. MARTIN

 

This fully immersive public art and sustainability activation featured artists Jet Martinez, Yoskay Yamamoto, Rick Hayward, Emily Devers, Sam Yong, Kai'ili Kaulukukui and Brandy Serikaku; and our visiting filmmaker Cory S. Martin. Our goal was to connect them to Big Island culture, environment, and food, and to create a platform where they could contribute to these values through their art. The six murals in Downtown Hilo are representative of the residency exchange and what our artists believed would positively resonate with our community.

 
 

WAIPI'O WORKDAY, FILM BY CORY S. MARTIN

 

An overarching aspect of our residency project is food sustainability. With the help of our community, we feed our artists near to 100% locally sourced Big Island fare and teach them why eating local is vital in lowering your carbon footprint. We encourage action in addition to awareness and positive messaging through our public artworks.

Mahalo to Kulia and Jesse from Pohaha I Ka Lani for allowing us the platform to educate and give back to our island.

 
 

‘puna strong,’ recap by andrew richard hara

 

‘Puna Strong’ is a mural collaboration by Puna-native Kai’ili Kaulukukui and Pāhoa High & Intermediate School students. This is the final piece in our #ActivatePuna art series, made possible by Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz and the County of Hawai’i.

The concept for this piece is based on ideas from 200+ art students at PHIS, who were asked to describe what ‘aloha, kōkua, ahupua’a and resilience’ means to them since the 2018 eruptions, and how they see these concepts represented visually.

 
 

KILAUEA ECOGUIDES LAVA TOUR, VIDEO BY CORY S. MARTIN

 

Connecting the artists to our living island is a vital element of our residency. Mahalo to Storm and Malia of Kilauea EcoGuides for partnering with us to provide education and cultural context for our visitors when experiencing these sacred places.
Through Kilauea EcoGuides' guidance and expertise, we were able to take our 2016 visiting artists to experience a very rare lava "skylight." 

 
 

lauren ys' 'piscean' mural, film by adam palumbo

 

Oakland-based artist Lauren YS painted the entire side of Hilo Town Tavern on Keawe Street in Downtown Hilo. Her mural, titled 'Piscean,' is a fantastical portrait of her younger sister Dani as a cyber-hybrid space biologist traversing a sustainable future dreamscape. Dani interned at NASA with a focus in researching plants that could sustain life on Mars and just graduated with her degree in astrobiology, so Lauren congratulates her by painting her portrait as a sea-witch with a Piscean space-helmet scrutinizing the local flora for its nutrient content. 

 
 

WOODEN WAVE X MEGGS' 'KALAMAKUA' MURAL, FILM BY ADAM PALUMBO

 

This Wooden Wave x MEGGS mural was created in collaboration with our friends at Energy Excelerator, who are a mission-driven non-profit organization with the mandate to solve the world’s energy systems challenges through innovation, starting in Hawaii and Asia Pacific. In considering Hilo's close relationship to the ocean and Energy Excelerator's mission, Wooden Wave's maritime scene utilizes as many community-minded sustainability systems as possible for the mural, titled ‘Kalamakua.’  

Kalamakua translates to the idea of bearing a torch for the next generation, or carrying a light.