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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

Kepakemapa - September 1996 Volume 2 Issue 9


Hale Naua III

Society of Hawaiian Arts

Meet the Artists

Rocky Ka`iouliokahihikolo`ehu Jensen

“The images for my art comes from the kupuna...I speak for those who cannot speak.”

Descendant of Iwikauikaua, Rocky Jensen, sculptor and historical illustrator is also founder and director of Hale Naua III. He has mounted and participated in more than 125 fine art exhibitions. In 1978, the first contemporary native Hawaiian art exhibit was organized by Jensen at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, introducing the contemporary form of native Hawaiian expression into Hawai`i artistic consciousness.

Rocky serves as cultural advisor to numerous organizations, lending meticulous native Hawaiian input. He has been a technical advisor for major TV shows and documentaries, lecturer at fine art museums & universities throughout the United States, recipient & honoree of several regional and national awards for his contributions to the cause of perpetuating the Native Hawaiian Culture and arts. Along with his wife, Lucia, he has co-authored and illustrated several cultural books.

Hinano K. Campton

“Art has been an obsession all of me life. I feel that art is my life. Not only do I become physically and spiritually involved with the act of painting itself, I become a part of the image that slowly emerges from my creative consciousness.”

Hinano's full sacred name is Ke`alaonaonapuahinano, “The Fragrant Blossom of the Pandanus”. Born in Honolulu, her introduction to formal art training was at a summer class in intaglio at the Honolulu Academy of Art. Thirty-five years later, she completed a double major in Fine Arts and Women's Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to painting, she is a writer and poet. Her works evoke images for forgotten times; the dream songs and memories of her ancient people.

Lucia Tarallo-Jensen

“...privileged to be part of a growing contemporary native art movement---thousands of magnificent pieces have passed through my hands, have communed with hundreds of hearts.”

Coordinator and co-founder of Hale Naua III, has been the curator for this exhibit, as well as for over 100 similar fine arts presentations. She is a lecturer in Hawaiian history & philosophy and an author & / or co-author of “Men of Ancient Hawai`i, “Lord of the Forest”, “Wan`ao”, “Born the Night of the Gods”, as well as countless newspaper & magazine articles which emphasize meticulous research in esoteric Polynesian lore.

Ke`alaonaonapuahinano Campton

“Empowered by the life force of the `aina and the mana that generates inner strength. Art has been the essence of my lifelong moe`uhane, dreams.”

Born in San Francisco and raised in Palo Alto, California, Ke`ala now resides in the land of her Ancestors. A graduate of Cabrillo College, Aptos, California and the University of California, Davis, she successfully blends her western training with her Hawaiian soul. Ke`ala uses mixed media to incorporate traditional with contemporary design. The theme of her work usually involves the defining of cultural metaphor.

Lalepa Pi`ikoi Ah Sam

“ perpetuate my people's story through the arts.”

Raised in Waimea, Hawai`i, Lalepa is a descendant of the Cummins Family of O`ahu and the Pi`ikoi Clan of Kaua`i. Without a formal education in art, he has mastered the use of watercolors and pen & ink. Using historical research as a foundation, Lalepa unravels the myths of his people and by doing this, he is successful in capturing the power and emotion of Hawai`i's past. Commissioned in the United States Air Force in 1983, gaining his Navigator's wings in 1984, he currently serves as a Captain, flying reconnaissance missions throughout the world.

Telford Kahu Cazimero

“Myths and Legends contain the most potent abstract concepts embodied in the Hawaiian mind concerning ideas in sciences, observing constellations, navigating world oceans, natural medicine, etc. This has inspired in my work a sense of respect for the forces in nature.”

A native of Honolulu, Telford has received a Hallmark Award for art, two National Gold Key Awards and a National Scholastic Award for Achievement in Art. Since his late teens, he has shown with Hale Naua and solely at the Honolulu Hale, the Prince Kuhio Federal Bldg. Gallery, the Amfac Exhibition Plaza, Ramsay's Gallery, and Kapi`olani Community College. Telford is at present also part of a national group tour entitled “Reflecting Native Realities”, singled out for specific acclaim. His fine pencils, inks and litho prints can be found in collections throughout the state.


Christie Kaleo Gonzales

“ I have had the privilege of learning other cultures, which led me to then appreciate the individuality and uniqueness of my own people and the art that they created so long ago.”

Tracing her ancestry back to Waimea, Kaua`i, a daughter of the Makua`ole Clan and the Hina Clan of Ni`ihau, Christie has, for the past eleven years, lived and studied away from the islands, in Colorado and California. As a graphic illustrator, she has worked to introduce the symbolisms that communicate and represent her native culture. At present she is pursing a degree in art, also taking an active part in educating herself with her people's traditions and overall culture.

Natalie Mahina Jensen

“My photographs reveal the intricacies of my cultural heritage. They bring forth the diverse lifestyle of the kanaka maoli, aspects that people are often ignorant of.”

Mahinaokalani`ehukapuaoka`iouli, born and raised on O`ahu, was trained since childhood in her native Hawaiian artform by her father Rocky Ka`iouliokahihikolo`ehu Jensen and her mother Lucia Tarallo-Jensen, later specializing in creating the kahili (royal feather standard). Her first art exhibit, with Hala Naua III, was at the age of 14 and by age 18, had been commissioned by corporate, public, and private establishments.

Throughout her formal education, Natalie majored in art and photography, winning many state-wide competitions. After completing her studies, Natalie conceived her own company, Sister Moon Productions. Her Hawaiian Heritage Posters are exhibited in fine shops and galleries throughout Hawai`i, California, and Las Vegas.

Peggy Kala Hubacker

“As a native Hawaiian, I believe in the mana we possess. In order to attain mana, one must constantly challenge oneself. Art is a continuum of learning, experiencing, failing and trying again. And with each new work one accumulates more mana.”

Descendant of the famed 11th century navigator, Kaulu-a-Kalana, Peggy Kala Hubacker formal training includes: University of Hawai`i, the San Francisco Academy of Art, the de Young Museum and the City College of San Francisco. Her art dramatically displays the virant elemental qualities of nature. She works in a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolors and sculpture. Her imaginative use of wood, stone, bronze and metal fabrication captures the essence of Hawaiian design and story telling. Peggy has been a feature artist at the San Francisco Academy of Arts, and has had her own shows in Hawai`i and California. Her art is displayed in public and private collections in Canada, Hawai`i and throughout the United States.

Leialoha Kanahele

“ -green mountains speak the language of the kupuna, the elders. Each crag, each valley, each peak, named and defined comes replete with history and legend of a place within the spirit that never dies.”

Lahaina, Maui born, Leialoha is a descendant of High Chief Kahekilinui`ahumanu and of high Priest Hewahewa. She received her formal training at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Her surreal landscapes of the Ko`olau Mountains evoke the time-honored native traditions that all thing have soul. Leialoha's paintings are in the collection of the State Foundation on Culture & The Arts, and in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the world.

Frank Jensen

“It is my desire to create and by so doing, perpetuate the story of the heroes of my father's people. Ensconced within those stories rests the value system which took them through 25,000 years of history.”

A graduate of Kamehameha High School, Frank received his early art training at the hands of his father Rocky K. Jensen. His meticulous pen and ink style has won him island-wide acclaim, his Hawaiian historical and conceptual interpretations hanging in corporate and private collections throughout the state. Illustration books and articles, written by his mother, Lucia Tarallo-Jensen, Frank has been encourage to start his own company, Shadow Graphs, lending his knowledge of native Hawaiian symbolism to the creation of illustrative, graphic and logo design, which reflects the cultural language of his father's people. Presently operates his own art studio in Grass Valley, California.


“...continuing my research of women's roles in the Hawaiian culture.”

Maiki is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and is currently enrolled in the U.C. Berkeley Interior Design and Architecture Program. Although, monotype printmaking has become Maiki's preferred medium, she continues to experiment in all artistic mediums available to her. An original member of Hale Naua III, Maiki looks to depict art from the woman's perspective, thus adding balance to the overall art produced. Meticulous researcher, Maiki reintroduces the “yin” in explosive colors and unique form.

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