Burke Museum, Seattle, Washington
October 2016 – July 2017
Kanu Kaho’olawe: Replanting, Rebirth highlights the work of two Hawai’i-based artists, Jan Becket and Carl Pao, who document and respond to the reclamation of Native land on Kaho’olawe Island, Hawai’i, through photography and mixed-media paintings.
Located off of Maui, Kaho’olawe is the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago. It is a culturally and spiritually significant place for Native Hawaiians and was the site of decades-long military testing that environmentally devastated the island.
Marking the 40th Anniversary of the “Stop the Bombing” campaign and occupation of Kaho’olawe, this exhibit tells both an ecological cautionary tale and the story of Native Hawaiian efforts to reclaim, replant and revitalize cultural traditions on this ancestral land.