COUNTDOWN TO HIDDEN HAWAII

Hidden Hawaii

Molokai: By Land + By Sea + By Air

A nature printing workshop featuring rare and beautiful plants, fish and birds of the Hawaiian Islands.

This workshop is a unique blend of “super-easy-to-learn” fine art nature printing, fascinating field trips to see the islands native flora and fauna, and an immersion into traditional Hawaiian culture. If you have always wanted to travel back in time to discover the real Hawaii and bring back beautiful works of art with you to remember it by, this is the opportunity to do so. (Molokai has no stop lights and no buildings over 2 stories!)

During Molokai By-Land-By Sea and By Air we will be hosted at a 13,000 acre bio-dynamic ranch and its historic lodge for 5 days and 4 nights, while feasting on organic local cuisine from the fields, forests and waters of Molokai. We will be immersed in nature printing each day, creating incredibly beautiful images guided by the renowned master printer Heather Fortner.

Heather Fortner and students.
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BY LAND where we will print plants and explore the beauty and fascinating stories behind the endemic plants unique only to Hawaii, as well as the original “Canoe plants” that came over with the Tahitians and those exotic transplants that many of us associate with Hawaii, but are actually natives of other lands.

BY SEA where we will primarily print fish and dive into the watery world surrounding Molokai with a variety of tropical fish, shells and sea plants.

 

 

BY AIR where we will print the birds, butterflies and insects of Hawaii with a very special opportunity to print the feathers of the endangered state bird the nene Goose, which is being conserved on the ranch.

Hidden Hawaii: Details

  • WHEN

    Hidden Hawaii

    Nature Printing Workshop
    April 12th through 16th, 2019
    5 days and 4 nights.

  • LOCATION

    East End of the Hawaiian Island of Molokai.

    We will be the exclusive guests of Pu U’ O Hoku, a 13,000 acre bio-dynamic ranch, its historic lodge and famous Halawa Valley with its twin beaches.

     

  • OUR TEACHER

    Learn to make one of a kind prints, direct from life, with world renown nature printer Heather Fortner.

    Heather first saw a fish print, gyotaku, in 1976 on the island of  Lana’i in the Hawaiian Islands and has been printing and studying this art form ever since. For 30 years her life involved working on and around the Pacific ocean; as a commercial fisherman and deck hand on research vessels and then as a ships officer and master merchant mariner. This travel gave her access to unusual fish as well as the opportunity to study with Japanese Master Gyotaku artists in their studios in Japan. Heather will be assisted by event coordinators and fellow printers Melany and Duncan Berry. 

    I have a degree in the natural history of the Hawaiian islands, and express my love for the extraordinary plants, birds and fish of Hawaii, in nature prints”.

  • SCHEDULE

    Our schedule will be action packed, yet casual and relaxed.

    • Friday-April 12th / First night: Introductions and aspirations all round- Followed by Greg Solatario local resident of Halawa Valley making a presentation on the traditional Hawaiian use of plants including Taro and Poi pounding demonstration. 
    • Saturday April 13th / Second night: “By Land” plant education and printing workshop in AM. Field exploration: Walk to the Grove and Holo Holo tour of the ranch. Followed by free time. Printing studio time in the late afternoon with Pupus (appetizers) Followed by dinner with a lecture by Heather.
    • Sunday April 14th / Third night: “By Sea” printing of a variety of fish and sea plants from the waters surrounding Molokai. Followed by a trip to one of Molokai’s ancient fish ponds to learn about local species and how the Hawaiians fed themselves from the sea. Followed by free time. Lei making with materials we have gathered. Followed by local folk artist Lono and a music / dance party. (Maybe some local hula dancers.)
    • Monday April 15th / Fourth night: “By Air”: Create silk scarf and make a personal journal/book. Gallery night where we share our favorite work with the group.
    • Tuesday April 16th / Fifth day: Visit to Halawa Valley and Kalani’s Kuleana Flower Farm. Pack up and for those whose travel schedule allows: A special trip to the beautiful Hui Ho ‘Olana native plant preserve and retreat center on the slopes of the volcano.
    Note: Every morning we start the day by going to the beach for the sun rising out of the sea, swimming and yoga.

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED

    Once you arrive in Molokai you are our guest for this all-inclusive 5 day and 4 night nature printing master workshop.

    Included is all:

    – Island transportation.

    – Lodging at beautiful Pu U O Hoku Ranch.

    – 3 meals a day of Bio-Dynamic and local cuisine+appetizers and drinks.

    – Individualized master workshop instruction.

    – Printing inks, papers and tools.

    – Field trips as well entertainment from musicians, dancers and cultural historians.

  • COST

    Cost per person: $1500

    Included is all:

    – Island transportation.

    – Lodging at beautiful Pu U O Hoku Ranch.

    – 3 meals a day of Bio-Dynamic and local cuisine+appetizers and drinks.

    – Individualized master workshop instruction.

    – Printing inks, papers and tools.

    – Field trips as well entertainment from musicians, dancers and cultural historians.