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Essays

Contemporary Native Hawaiian Art

Linda Paik Moriarty


SEAN BROWN, Fishhook, 1991, granite, 1.8 x 1.8 x .9 m, Grand Hyatt Wailea Hotel, Wailea, Maul.

Native Hawaiian contemporary art in Hawaii was born out of the traditional culture and has evolved against a backdrop of social change, western and Asian influences, heightened political awareness and a renewed cultural identity.

Many of the traditional arts of Hawaii - such as hula, lei making, plaiting and elements of vernacular architecture - have persisted and survived over the years despite historical and cultural changes and environmental…

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