As part of our observance of Black August 2017 we gathered at the Box Jelly to learn and think about the connections between Black liberation and aloha ‘āina. One of the results of that afternoon workshop was this collaborative zine art piece, "Mai ka pō mai," a digital copy of which you can view here. Mahalo to all the contributors!
Flux Hawai‘i : Tribes
The Pōpolo Project is featured in volume 8, issue 2 of Flux Hawaii magazine, where artist Nicole Maileen Woo graces the cover in a stunning portrait captured by Chris Rohrer. Inside, through a series of portraits, we share about our collective and individual processes for exploring Black identities in Hawai‘i via the Pōpolo Project.
The stories featured within explore the meaning of “tribes” in what feels like an increasingly polarized and divided society this year. How can they bind us together, what are their limits, and how can the disparate and overlapping tribes — of which we all belong — build stronger bridges to each other's communities across the islands?
Healing Traditions is a short film produced by the Pōpolo Project that explores Blackness, healing, and water through the story of Prentis Hemphill, a healer and activist who, in making Hawaiʻi their home, explores the potential of interconnected healing while overcoming ancestral trauma.
On Sept. 4, the Honolulu Museum of Art hosted Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation as part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival 2018 program in celebration of Black August. Sponsored by The Pōpolo Project and moderated by the founder and executive director of The Pōpolo Project, Akiemi Glenn, the two-part event explored the intersection between the experience of Blackness in the Pacific and the experience of Blackness in the Atlantic world.
Highlights of the event were written up on the Honolulu Museum blog.
We celebrated Juneteenth 2018 in Queen Kapi‘olani Park with an afternoon of music and cultural arts from across the African diaspora. We created collages and contributed to a community quilt prompted by the question “what does it mean to be Black and free?” We stitched together the responses that came in text, in image, and in vibrant color. It was a beautiful afternoon spent with family and in community across generations, sharing food, laughter, and joy in the potential of being free.