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Art Lunch is a free monthly art lecture series at the Hawaii State Art Museum, held on the last Tuesday of the month. Bring your own lunch (or buy one at Artizen cafe!) and feed your creativity! January 2017 Art Lunch: Solomon Apio and Verna Takashima – A Family Legacy of Kapa.

Brother and sister Solomon Apio and Verna Takashima will talk story with the Art Lunch audience about their unusual journey into the world of traditional kapa making. Sol, a cultural woodworker, found out through volunteer work at Bishop Museum that certain cultural items in the museum’s collection were originally purchased from a lady by the name of Kahunaaina. He quickly realized that “Mama” Kahunaaina, a kapa-maker in the 1800s, was his own grandmother! Sol subsequently encouraged his sister Verna to learn kapa-making, and today he contributes to the perpetuation of family and cultural tradition by making all of Verna’s kapa implements.

First floor Multipurpose Room, No. 1 Capitol District Building. Parking across the street in the Ali’i Place building (entrance at 1099 Alakea St., cash only), metered parking at ‘Iolani Palace, or metered street parking. Several TheBus lines stop either in front of or close to the building.