Father Damien DeVeuster was not only a unique character in the history of the Pacific Islands, he was a tie that helped bind westerners and natives in a time when tensions ran rampant. Next week, twenty-three island artists will create their own interpretations of Father Damien, to celebrate his canonization.
Beginning with a ceremony and unveiling on Friday, October 2, held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Gallery (1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu), the showing will exhibit through November 3. Signed, collectible works will be open for public view, and prints will be available for purchase.
The participating artists include: Barbara Okamoto, D`Arcy Kerrigan, Diane Ko, Doug Tolentino, Erika Molyneux, Fred Smith, Gina Kerr, Harinani Orme, Jared Wickware, Kandi Everett, Karen Lucas, Laura Smith, Lisa Adams, Louise Barr, Mag Barnaby, Marcia Pasqua, Maryke Bol, Mike Harada, Nancy Vilhauer, Rob Molyneux, Sharon Miyashita, Sonny Ganaden, and Tamara Moan.
For those unfamiliar, Father Damien volunteered to move himself to the secluded village of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka`i, in order to serve the leper population that was banished there. After decades of service, he himself contracted the disease, and gracefully perished with those whom he was devoted to serve. He will be canonized in Vatican City, Rome, this month.
Father Damien will be canonized in Vatican City, Rome, later this month.