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Kahilu Theatre Presents ‘The Leaping Palace’

August 25, 2018, 11:30 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 3:52 PM
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Kahilu Exhibits will present The Leaping Place, a large format photography exhibition by Matt Shallenberger from Aug. 31, to Oct. 21, 2018.

There will be an opening reception and walkthrough with artist Matt Shallenberger Friday, Aug. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. A no-host bar and light pupu will be on offer.

“Loihi 1” by Matt Schallenberger

The Leaping Place is a series of large-format landscape photographs, meant to illustrate two stories: First, of the artist’s family, who immigrated to Hawai’i from the Portuguese Azores in the 1880s, and second, of the Kumulipo, the ancient Hawaiian creation chant.

Named after the places from which departed souls begin their journeys to the underworld, the project aims to discover connections between different Hawai‘i communities, exploring the landscapes of their diverse pasts and shared present.

Shallenberger is a self-taught as a large format landscape photographer, having studied classical literature and history.  Each of his projects begins as an attempt to reinterpret, through photography, an existing piece of poetry or mythology—most recently, the Hawaiian ‘song of creation,’ the Kumulipo.

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His work has appeared in numerous publications, and an exhibition of his Hawai‘i landscapes took place this spring at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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Information on awards and publications can be found on his website, alongside all portfolios, and
details about a book of his Hawai‘i photographs to be published in September 2018.

The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods and the Woodbury Inspection Group.

The Kahilu Galleries are free to the public and open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and
during all Kahilu Theatre Performances.

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The Kahilu Theatre is located at 67-1186 Lindsey Rd. in Kamuela.

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