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About the Artist

About the Artist Meleanna Aluli Meyer was born and raised at Mökapu, Kailua, on the windward side of the island of O‘ahu. A Native Hawaiian, Meyer is a freelance visual artist and arts edu- cator who works in an outreach capacity in various community settings throughout the islands. As a filmmaker, she has three docu- mentaries to her credit. In 1978 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in design and photography from Stanford University, win- ning the prestigious Borelli Arts prize while there. Meyer was mentored by renowned Photo by Monte Costa painter/printmaker Nathan Oliveira and also studied in Italy. She received her master’s in educational foundations from the University of Hawai‘i, Mänoa. Being a fellow of the East-West Cen- ter, Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and Salzburg Institute afforded Meyer opportunities to interface in national and inter- national arenas regarding Hawaiian issues. The recipient of numerous awards, she has exhibited her work and films throughout Hawai‘i; on the continent in New York, Tennessee, California, Illinois, and Washington dc; and abroad in Japan, Germany, France, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia. The paintings reflected in this series were inspired by oli (chant). Abstraction aligned with natural elements and stylized design express for Meyer critically important aspects of Hawaiian culture from which she draws inspiration. Issues of spirituality, relationship, identity, sovereignty, and love of the land are woven within these pieces. Meyer hopes that her work as an artist, filmmaker, and educator helps to build a community of Hawaiians who are pono—just and unified in their vision for restoration of the Hawaiian nation. From a Hawaiian worldview, she challenges her audience to make their own connections to nä mea Hawai‘i (all things Hawaiian), to nä akua (the gods), to nä aumakua (the ancestors), and to an interior reflection of life that is richly compelling and within the viewer’s grasp. vii http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

About the Artist

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (1) – Jan 27, 2005

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Abstract

Meleanna Aluli Meyer was born and raised at Mökapu, Kailua, on the windward side of the island of O‘ahu. A Native Hawaiian, Meyer is a freelance visual artist and arts edu- cator who works in an outreach capacity in various community settings throughout the islands. As a filmmaker, she has three docu- mentaries to her credit. In 1978 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in design and photography from Stanford University, win- ning the prestigious Borelli Arts prize while there. Meyer was mentored by renowned Photo by Monte Costa painter/printmaker Nathan Oliveira and also studied in Italy. She received her master’s in educational foundations from the University of Hawai‘i, Mänoa. Being a fellow of the East-West Cen- ter, Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and Salzburg Institute afforded Meyer opportunities to interface in national and inter- national arenas regarding Hawaiian issues. The recipient of numerous awards, she has exhibited her work and films throughout Hawai‘i; on the continent in New York, Tennessee, California, Illinois, and Washington dc; and abroad in Japan, Germany, France, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia. The paintings reflected in this series were inspired by oli (chant). Abstraction aligned with natural elements and stylized design express for Meyer critically important aspects of Hawaiian culture from which she draws inspiration. Issues of spirituality, relationship, identity, sovereignty, and love of the land are woven within these pieces. Meyer hopes that her work as an artist, filmmaker, and educator helps to build a community of Hawaiians who are pono—just and unified in their vision for restoration of the Hawaiian nation. From a Hawaiian worldview, she challenges her audience to make their own connections to nä mea Hawai‘i (all things Hawaiian), to nä akua (the gods), to nä aumakua (the ancestors), and to an interior reflection of life that is richly compelling and within the viewer’s grasp. vii

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