grunt gallery is pleased to announce the launch of Journey to Kaho’olawe, an artist publication by Hans Winkler and T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss. The artist book is the result of a four year process centred on the Hawaiian Island of Kaho’olawe, a sacred site to the Hawaiians in recovery after being occupied as a practice range by the American military. Returned to the Hawaiians in the 1990s, the island is being remediated and returned to its natural state.
The publication also documents the Kanaka presence in British Columbia since the late 1700s when Native Hawaiians travelled to BC with some staying and marrying into the Squamish peoples on the BC Coast and many other indigenous communities throughout the region. With texts by Wyss and historians Jean Barman and Bruce McIntyre Watson in addition to Hans Winkler the book represents the four year research project by the artists.
In conjunction with the launch of the publication grunt gallery and the artists will present a week long series of events celebrating Kaho’olawe and the Kanaka presence in BC from May 25 to the 29th.
BOOK LAUNCH – Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm
grunt gallery (116 – 350 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver)
Welcome and ghost stories by Squamish/Sto:Lo/Hawaiian/Swiss artist T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss.
MINI LUAU – Friday, May 26, 7:00 pm
Chief Joe Mathias Centre (100 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver)
Celebrate the Kanaka presence in BC with presentations by T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss with Bob Baker, Hula Spirit Dancers, Barbara Wyss and more.
SOCIAL – Sunday, May 28, 4:30 pm
The Hideaway Room in the Waldorf Hotel (1489 E Hastings St, Vancouver)
Featuring a film by George Helm, Kaho’olawe Aloha Aina (1977, 30 min), a reading by Stephen Kane-a-I Morse from First Landing: Story of the Kaho’olawe Nine (2014), a performance by the Hula Spirit Dancers, and surf movies. Hosted by Hans Winkler.
TOUR + TALK – Monday, May 29, 3:00 pm
Mountainview Cemetery (5455 Fraser St, Vancouver, meet at the Celebration Centre)
Tour of Kanaka graves by historian Jolene Castillou Cumming followed by a talk at the Celebration Centre with Barbara Wyss and historian Jean Barman.
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Media Contact for the exhibition:
Tarah Hogue, grunt gallery | 604-875-9516 or, email@example.com
The artists and grunt wish to thank Dr. Juve Vega for support of this publication.
grunt gallery would like to acknowledge our funders: The Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, BC Gaming and the Audain Foundation, as well as individual donors and supporters.
Joe and Seemias Nahanee’s children and grandchildren circa 1905. Courtesy of Barbara Wyss.