About Town 08-24-18

  • From left, Jeannette Lodwig, Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) consultant; Linda Rodrigues, vice president – marketing Hilton Grand Vacations; Kate Lloyd, interim general council & senior vice president of engagement, culture & donor experience at HCF; Derek Kanoa, senior vice president — sales, Hilton Grand Vacations; Kahea Colon, resort director, Hawaii Island – Hilton Grand Vacations. (Hawaii Community Foundation/Courtesy photo)

Smithsonian curator to share Ae Kai exhibit

Kalewa Correa, curator of Hawaii and the Pacific for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will be the featured presenter of this month’s Hanohano O Kona lecture series, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Hawaii Civic Center.

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The presentation will include photos and discussion of the Smithsonian exhibit “Ae Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence.”

Most of Ae Kai’s participants are based or rooted in Hawaii, with the majority of artists identifying as Pacific Islanders. His presentation will also feature the concept, “Hilinai: Museums Building a Community of Trust,” which is based around the conceptualization of 21st century museum collections. As opposed to collecting “things” the museums of the future need to work with communities to collect stories both traditional and contemporary that contextualize place and time.

For more information, call Kona Historical Society at 323-3222 or visit www.konahistorical.org.

Hilton Grand Vacations donates $25K for volcano relief

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To support the volcano recovery effort on Hawaii Island, Hilton Grand Vacations has donated $25,000 to the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. To date, the fund has raised more than $750,000 to support communities affected by the Kilauea volcano eruption.

“Hilton Grand Vacations has significant operations on both Hawaii Island and Oahu where our team members live and work and our owners and guests vacation,” said Mark Wang, president and CEO, Hilton Grand Vacations. “We care deeply about our communities and are pleased to support the tremendous efforts of the Hawaii Community Foundation to help with disaster relief and recovery.”