Artwork by Aaron Glasson and Celeste Byers

2014 marked the founding year of World Oceans Day Hawai‘i, Oahu's first official World Oceans Day event registered with worldoceansday.org and The Ocean Project. The week-long festival was a great success, with over 1,000 community members attending the film festival and art exhibition as well as over 100 Keiki participating in the Sea Keiki Fun Zone on Sunday morning. We would like to mahalo our sponsors for their generous support for World Oceans Day Hawaii 2014 and look forward to seeing you again this year, June 6-12, 2015!

 

FILM FESTIVAL

JUNE 6-8, 2014 AT HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART DORIS DUKE THEATRE

For the inaugural World Oceans Day Hawai‘i 2014 film festival, over 40 international feature-length and short films were featured throughout the weekend, many of which were Hawaii premieres and were complemented with exclusive Q&A sessions or keynote presentations by special guests. Click Here! for the full 2014 film program.

Special guest speakers included: Angela Sun (Plastic  Paradise), Mark Hall, 

Another highlight of the film festival were the two site-specific installations by our guest artists Olek and Kozyndan created in collaboration with PangeaSeed and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Olek's crochet mural, executed with the invaluable help of numerous volunteers, adorned the 100ft long theater corridor, featuring a quote by pioneering underwater explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau: A LOT OF PEOPLE ATTACK THE SEA, I MAKE LOVE TO IT.

The opposite side of the theater was embellished with a mural by supporting artists Kozyndan's 100ft Pacific Drift mural, which highlighted the adverse effects of our society's overconsumption of plastic. Exclusively customized for the Hawaiian islands, the artists included Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (trigger fish) and Honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle), two ocean species emblematic of Hawaii's ocean.

SLEEP WITH THE FISHES - ART EXHIBITION

JUNE 6-12, 2014 AT HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL, MEZZANINE GALLERY

The 2014 World Oceans Day Hawai‘i art exhibition presented in collaboration with the Honolulu Museum of Art School and curated by PangeaSeed featured original works by internationally renowned artists Kozyndan.

Sleep With The Fishes represented the Hawaiian debut for both artists and brought to Honolulu world-class, inspirational art centered around the breath-taking magnificence of the sea.

In addition to the week-long exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Mezzanine Gallery, we were honored to host New York based crochet artist Olek to create a public installation on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum of Art, which read RESPECT OUR OCEANS.COM, and redirected viewers to an online statement when the URL was accessed.

Born Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in industrial Poland, OLEK’s art was a development that took her away from industrial, close-minded Silesia, Poland.

OLEK’s art explores sexuality, feminist ideals and the evolution of communication through colors, conceptual exploration and meticulous detail. OLEK consistently pushes the boundaries between fashion, art, craft and public art, fluidly combining the sculptural and the fanciful.

OLEK’s bursts of bright colors often mask political and cultural critiques woven into the fibers of her installations. As an active supporter of women’s rights, sexual equality, and freedom of expression, OLEK has used the broad appeal of her work to display her solidarity with those stifled by oppressive laws worldwide. 

OLEK’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide and featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, TIME Magazine, Vogue Italia, Newsweek/Daily Beast, Village Voice, Vibe Magazine, PBS, CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC.

OLEK currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Through her body of work, OLEK has always sought to bring color and life, energy, and surprise to the living space.

 

Kozyndan is a Los Angeles-based team of artist/illustrators known for their digitally painted pencil drawings of contemporary urban cityscapes and surreal interior spaces. Comprised of husband and wife Dan and Kozue Kitchens, kozyndan creates both fine art and commercial projects, and has been showcased internationally to much critical acclaim.

Over the last several years their works has focused heavily on wildlife, particularly aquatic animals and their habitats. As scuba divers, their travels have taken them to far flung parts of the world and in close encounters with creatures big and small. They have become keenly focused on raising awareness about conservation for these environments through their paintings.

Kozyndan’s other work includes magazine illustrations and album covers for Usher, Weezer, The Postal Service, John Mayer, and Daedelus. They’ve also done commercial projects for Puma, Discovery Channel, RES Fest, Electronic Arts, Converse, Nike, Wieden+Kennedy, and they’ve produced an array of products featuring their artwork, including posters, books, toys, sculptures, and t-shirts. The couple has also exhibited work in galleries and museums from Los Angeles to Toronto, London, New Zealand and Australia.

SEA KEIKI FUN ZONE

JUNE 8, 2014 AT HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART DORIS DUKE THEATRE

The Sea Keiki Fun Zone offered Keiki an invaluable opportunity to learn from various local organizations about issues affecting our oceans, how they can help take better care of the environment, and become stewards for the sea.

Over 100 kids participated in the morning activities, which ranged from studying marine plankton under microscopes, sustainable fishing games, shark trivia, to learning about plastic pollution, and more.

Mahalo to all organizations for joining us in empowering and inspiring the next generation to become ocean ambassadors, and mahalo to Whole Foods Market for supplying healthy, sustainable snacks.