10th annual MAMo Wearable Art Show

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Maoli Arts Month, known as MAMo, celebrated its 10th Wearable Art Show Wednesday night at Hawaii Theatre. Founder Vicky Holt Takamine has fostered a creative movement showcasing Hawaiian design talent, and in recent years has invited other Polynesian artists to share the stage.

This year, designers from neighbor islands had a strong voice in the show, with artists from Kauai to Hawaii island showcasing creations such as silver hand-etched jewelry, lauhala hats and avant-garde apparel. Although the program is so long that there’s always an intermission, Takamine and co-emcee Robert Cazimero continue to keep the crowd engaged with ad-lib banter and educational facts about Hawaiian culture.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this year’s Wearable Art Show:

Anna Kahalekulu – 

Lufi Luteru in collaboration with Po Mahina Designs and Tara Gumpac –

Wahine Toa in collaboration with Kahukalea, Keala Designs, and Na Maka Kahiko –

Hone Bailey from Aotearoa –

Maile Andrade in collaboration with make-up artist Jonathan Freitas –

Photo by Kyle Wright.

Photo by Kyle Wright.


Photo by Kyle Wright.

Keoua Nelson in collaboration with Lahaole Designs –

Kehaulani Kekua –

Marques Marzan –

– Photos by Kyle Wright and Amanda Stevens