Kalai Ki’i Pohaku
In 2014, we were privileged to witness Kumu Kimo Awai publicly confer the title of Master Stone Sculptor (Kalai Ki`i Pohaku) on Dr. Fred Soriano.
Dr. Fred Soriano is an avid artist and is a well known and published Zen stone carver. His passion of stone carving evolved from his love of the history of Hawaii and from his many years of teaching. He has created sculptures with Hawaiian themes and figures. He was featured in the book, Fred Soriano, Kalai Ki’i Pohaku, Carver of Stone by Charlene Asato (2011). Dr. Soriano also creates Japanese lanterns, water basins and Hawaiian sculptured figures.
Storytelling flourishes in Hakalau! We gather to listen to the stories of our elders, gleaning plantation history as well as shared wisdom and values. Waichi Ouye and the late Masa Chinen generously shared their stories with old and new residents alike.
Among many other storytellers enjoyed here are: