The new exhibition, “Ala Kahakai, Pathways to Our History,” combines plein air paintings with wildlife photographs to creatively illustrate the natural and historic significance of the fifth Big Island National Park, the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.
The existing 175 miles of ancient Hawaiian hand paved stonework pathways and coastal access trails parallel the rugged volcanic shoreline areas of Kohala, Kona, Ka‘u and Puna.
From the cliffs of Upolu Point down through numerous fishing village sites, anchialine fishponds and fish traps, the pathways continue along the shore. Even at South Point, Ka Lae, and onward to sacred places such as Pu‘u Loa and Waha‘ula heiau in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, often surrounded and buried by lava flows, the worn foot path is still often visible and traveled today.
Local artists Kathleen Abood, Lynn Capell and William Wingert will present original West Hawaii shoreline paintings together with recent color photographs by Christopher Scheid. This collaborative exhibition promotes the preservation and public access to all coastal resources and will also include trail maps and information about the numerous historic sites and local community preservation efforts.
Exhibition dates are Jan. 1-31, with an artists reception on Friday, Jan. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Island Naturals Kona at 74-5487 Kaiwi St. in Kailua-Kona. The show is sponsored by Surfrider Foundation, Big Island Chapter, Kona Kai Ea.