CONTACT 2019: Acts of Faith

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historical Site

553 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96813

Pu‘uhonua Society announces an exciting partnership with the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives for CONTACT, one of the most comprehensive thematic exhibitions of contemporary art in Hawai‘i, now in its sixth year. The show will be on view at Hawaiian Mission Houses, April 4�"May 4, 2019 and the exhibition opening will be Saturday, April 6 at 5:00pm at the Hawaiian Mission Houses.


The annual exhibition explores the notion of contact as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people, and their experiences. CONTACT 2019: Acts of Faith will survey dimensions of spiritual belief, in particular the spiritual landscape of Hawaiʻi, the relationship between cultural and religious practice, and the legacy of religion and colonization in the Islands. The exhibition will be curated by Ara Laylo, a Hawai‘i-based artist, designer and educator, and Josh Tengan, Native Hawaiian contemporary art curator, writer, and arts administrator.


“Hosting the CONTACT exhibition at Hawaiian Mission Houses is a unique opportunity to explore new ways of seeing the interwoven fibers that make the spiritual fabric of Hawai’i.  We are proud to participate in a discourse fueled by the creative and engaged minds in our community,” says Elizabeth Po’oloa, Director of Operations and Collections.


CONTACT 2019 will feature curated art installations sited in the outdoor environs of the Hawaiian Mission Houses’ property as well as inside the three mission houses: Hale Lāʻau (The 1821 Mission House), Ka Hale Kamalani (Chamberlain House, built in 1831), and Ka Hale Paʻi (Printing House, built in 1841).


CONTACT 2019 is presented by Pu‘uhonua Society and is made possible by funding from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, DAWSON Art Project, and Nā Mea Hawai‘i.  The exhibition will also include a series of complementary programs (artist talks, panel discussions, music events, etc.), which will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Thursday, 02 May, 2019

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