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The mamane tree (Sophora Chrysophylla) is a native tree that is currently endangered and is in the process of being reforested. This mamane, growing on the slopes of Mauna Kea, is several hundred years old but only about eight feet tall. It has withstood the harsh conditions of Mauna Kea’s subalpine climate and grazing by introduced livestock. Being one of the few sources of food for the endangered Palila bird (Loxioides Bailleui), a Hawaiian Honeycreeper, mamane is an important and irreplaceable part of our native ecosystem.

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“Cotieng”

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May Ann is the youngest of four girls whose parents emigrated from the Philippines. Because she was the youngest, her family called her “Cotieng” or little girl. “My earliest memory of drawing was when I was five years old and my family doctor would ask me to draw a picture for him,” Cotieng said. “I later realized that he was just trying to take my mind off the shots that were inevitably coming. However, I was proud that someone was interested in my artwork.”

A graduate of Punahou School and Temple University, Cotieng wanted to attend art school, but her parents would not allow it. After graduation, a stint dancing hula in New York City at the Lexington Hotel’s Hawaiian Room brought Cotieng together with her choreographer and future husband Keola Beamer. While Cotieng loved the culture and the arts available to her in New York, she, her husband and her oldest son, Lono, returned to Hawai`i in 1965 after Keola received his masters degree at Columbia University. Upon her return, Cotieng did graduate work at the University of Hawai`i. She was a classroom teacher for a number of years before becoming an art resource for the Department of Education. She immersed herself into many art forms – drawing, painting, and ceramics to name a few. Her studio is filled with art books, tools and equipment. Finished paintings and ongoing drawings line her walls. “I spent many years studying different realms in art,” Cotieng recalls. “Eventually my passion became portrait and figure drawing. My favorite medium is pastels. I also enjoy working with water color, painting many of the plants and flowers in my yard.” “Wherever I go I am aware of the people around me,” said Cotieng. “My eye is like a camera capturing the expressions of everyone I see. Whenever anyone, young or old, is willing to sit, even for just two to three minutes, I have my sketchpad ready. I love drawing young people. I am equally fascinated by older folk as they offer a great challenge in terms of expression. They have a depth and personality that tell an intriguing tale of life and experience.”

“The human body - both young and old – is the most intricate, beautiful and yet difficult image to capture.” -Cotieng

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“When I’m in the flow of creativity, I don’t want it to end.” -Alika Cotieng’s middle son, Alika, remembers going to life drawing classes with his mom. “Being exposed to artists who worked with charcoal, pastels and watercolor was fascinating and meaningful,” Alika said. “I sketched and painted the figures of the young models, but drawing the contours of the older models built a greater foundation and appreciation for the human figure.” Alika’s interest in art came at an early age by spending hours in his mother’s studio; first, by just reading and enjoying the art books and magazines and then, slowly trying to simulate what was on the pages. “I was very interested in reading about the artists and how they created their paintings,” Alika said. “Some of the artists’ lives were uncomplicated, while others seem to embrace chaos. I was drawn to the art of Klimt, Dali and Munch. My interests leaned in the direction of the abstract, and to intuitive composition. I remember trying to understand how one’s background influences the artists’ inner eye and

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how this perception of life explodes on the canvas. “My mother always did her art to the strains of jazz, the blues or classical guitar,” Alika recalls. “I grew up listening to Miles Davis, Charlie “Bird” Parker, and the likes of Thelonius Monk. Of course, there was that incomparable voice of Billie Holiday.” The combination of classic and contemporary art being filtered through traditional and modern jazz music gave way to a young man’s interest in storyline and historic drawings. What remained constant was Alika’s deep appreciation for an artist’s life and the artwork it produced. “I often wonder how I reconciled such periods in art from the Renaissance to the modern era. I realize that we all struggle with what we want to portray as we use the painter’s brush to convey what is in our mind’s eye. As I look at my work, it never really seems to end, because when I’m in the flow, I don’t want it to. It’s hard to say when to stop… when my painting is complete.” Issue 1.2


“Recognizing what is in your heart and transforming that intensity onto a canvas is what inspires me.” -Kahiau “Being a self-taught artist and having persevered though its pitfalls, I wanted more for my son, Kahiau, who was developing his own artistic style,” Alika said. Kahiau is Alika’s oldest son and Cotieng’s first grandchild. After graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Kahiau spent a year at the Art Institute in Seattle. He returned home to attend the University of Hawai`i for two years, and has continued his formal training since his acceptance to California College of the Arts as a junior. Kahiau too has fond childhood memories. “I remember Lola (grandmother) and Dad having very animated discussions, comparing artists and their techniques, architects and buildings, sculptures, photographs, and graphic design. Images would pass back and forth between them and discussions flourished about the significance of this drawing or the subtleness expressed by that painting. As a young boy, it was both exciting and tiring!” And just like a young athlete who watches a professional in awe, Kahiau would watch and try to emulate, creating something himself. When contemplating his future after high school, Kahiau was clear about his career goals. Although he appreciated the passion and experience gleaned from going through countless resources, Kahiau wanted structured training from an art institution. “I see what beautiful pieces Lola and my father create, but I also understand that an additional layer of confidence and credibility may be attributed to my work if I complete my schooling. At present I find myself totally involved and interested in illustration because it encompasses a storyline.” Kahiau has come home on vacation from school. On his last visit during Christmas, he sat for hours with his Dad and Lola, not only listening to their discussions but adding his words for consideration. They talked, laughed, drew and discussed the works each had completed since their last encounter. This is their time to be together, to revel in the experience each has had. And moreover, Cotieng, Alika and Kahiau are able to interpret those experiences and visions, each focusing on their own individual style through three generations of art.

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Bruce 0mori After 24 years on O`ahu, Bruce recently moved back to his hometown of Hilo with his family, and continues to artistically interpret his view of our beautiful island home through his lens.

words: Bruce Omori

Born and raised on the Big Island, I took a lot for granted, as I was terribly oblivious to much around me... the beauty of our landscape, our extremely exotic native plants and animals, and the wonderful people who call Hawai`i home. Only as I moved to “da big city” of Honolulu has my love and appreciation of our islands grown. Sitting

in traffic, standing in lines, and surrounded by concrete, my thoughts drift off to a time when life was simple and pure, landscapes clean and uncluttered... Through the images I’ve captured, my desire is to share with you, the beauty I see, the Hawai`i I love. E hui pu i kealapono - Please join me on my journey of rediscovery!

photography: Thomas Kuali`i

The Journey (oppposite page): When I stumbled upon this stretch of Pi`ilani Highway on Maui, it reminded me of my life, and the many challenges and adversities I’ve faced along the way.  Having been so engrained in corporate America and focused upon attaining materialistic goals, there was a cost, and it came at the expense of my integrity and relationships with loved ones. As a partner in an engineering firm, status and financial stability was something I had worked hard for, but years of long hours and an overbearing corporate culture began to negatively affect my health.  A long, tearful introspective self-evaluation made me realize that the

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damage didn’t stop there, as my marriage, kids, and values had all been compromised. Most painful was not being present for many of our children’s milestones, knowing that those moments can never be relived. While it is important to set goals and strive to achieve them, it’s really the journey that defines who we are, in how we react to those curves life throws at us.  For me, it was time to let go and move on…  time to trust God, knowing that He would provide for all of our needs…  and time to be true to myself by following my heart, and doing what I love to do.

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