The Priory Upper School students took a mini field trip to Honolulu Hale May 21, along with visual art instructors Alethia Donathan and Larry Prado, to install their latest masterpieces. The students – 15 in all – are being featured in Ka 'Ike o Ka Moana: The Knowledge of the Ocean.
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. May 24–June 14 (Monday–Friday) in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard. The opening reception for the event is slated for 4:30–6 p.m. May 31 in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard.
Ka 'Ike o Ka Moana is co-sponsored by St. Andrew's Schools, Waikiki Aquarium, Sunday Drawing in Mānoa & Friends, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hawaii Watercolor Society and the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts. The event, which is held in celebration of National Ocean Month in June, is in its fifth year. This is the first year The Priory is participating in the event and students are excited to showcase their ocean inspired creations to their 'ohana, friends and the public.
The artwork was created under the direction of Donathan. She says students were inspired by lessons based on Waikiki Aquarium's Distinguished Lecture Series and the documentary "Chasing Coral." In addition to the art lessons, the girls also attended mini-classes on coral reefs and the marine environment in their science, math and art classes.
"The artwork really brought the kids full circle to express ideas through art about their learning about Hawai'i's marine life and environment," Donathan said. "The kids were so passionate about marine life, which is such a vital component to life in Hawai'i."
Artists on display: