Catherine invited to the 2022 MANA Invitational Art Show

The MANA Invitational Art Show is now open at the Wailoa Art Center in Hilo! (Directions here.)

This free public exhibition runs through April 29, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (As the center sometimes has to close early, please arrive by 3:00 p.m. to ensure the gallery’s doors are open.)

Photos of the exhibition’s opening celebration are pictured below. Enjoy!

Twenty-six Hawaiʻi artists are sharing their manaʻo (ideas and thoughts) and mana (spiritual life force energy) through their artworks. Three of Catherine’s oil paintings are included. Woodworks by four Kupuna Kane (honored male elders) are also on display at the Center’s Fountain Gallery.

Designers Nelson and Kainoa Makua of Na Makua are the organizers and creative inspiration for the show, with support from the State of Hawaiʻi’s Wailoa Art Center and the Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance.

E komo mai! Visit the show and take some time to linger among these evocative works.


Artists and art lovers gather at Wailoa to immerse in the rich and evocative voice of the artworks, listen to live music of Hawaiʻi and enjoy pupus (appetizers). Kainoa Makua (left foreground with flower lei) chats with one of the event’s attendees.

Four Kupuna Kane, revered male elders, filled Wailoa’s Fountain Gallery with their expressive and bold woodworks, including traditional pahu drums, kiʻi and intricately carved paddles.

Three of Catherine’s oil paintings are exhibited in the MANA show. While doing fieldwork for “Just Before Dawn” (pictured below) she watched, listened and sketched as the lava lake filled the crater and transformed the landscape. From her favorite perch on the south caldera rim, she could hear the booms and hisses that resounded from the depths as the lava lake moved and breathed.

Magma” (top painting) evokes heat from the depths. The sense was so strong that people told Catherine they felt hot while standing near the painting at the opening.  “The Great Sulfur Bank Revealed” (lower painting) reflects landscape transformation by forces greater than ourselves. Halemaʻumaʻu’s 300-foot-tall south sulfur bank, last observed at Kilauea in the mid-1800’s, was revealed in 2018 as Kilauea’s caldera floor collapsed. It is—for now—a significant landmark that graces the south caldera wall.

A spirited Hawaiian band filled the gallery with Hawaiian tunes throughout the lively opening.

Nelson Makua and Catherine pause in front of his striking artworks.

Evening on the lanai at the Wailoa Art Center with Mauna Kea softly illuminated in the day’s last light.