The Senate honored the founders of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial Festival for supporting Hawaii’s art industry and helping to promote creativity and innovation globally.
Precursor to the Honolulu Biennial Festival, the Honolulu Biennial Foundation was founded in 2014 to bring contemporary art to the forefront. This festival demonstrates the State’s growing reputation as an international crossroads for culture, entertainment, and the arts.
The central exhibition area is located at The Hub at Ward Village, with additional sites situated throughout downtown Honolulu. This community-based, non-commercial eight-week exhibition offers complimentary public programs so that the vast work on show by both local and international artists can be widely appreciated.
Present for the floor recognition was co-founder Katherine Anne Leilani Tuider, co-founder Isabella Hughes, vice president of the board Gloria Lau, board member Taiji Terasaki, curator Ngahiraka Mason, and board member Li Lundin.
In recognizing the founders, Senator Will Espero said that “entwined in art is a reflection of the world around us, capturing both its beauty and despair” and the festival “seeks to link the hearts and minds of the Pacific with presentations and exhibitions of contemporary art. It also highlights both cultural diversity and commonality that emboldens the human spirit.”
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