ʻKiʻi Ā Loaʻa:  Illuminating and Interegating Hawaiʻi’s Monuments

An augmented reality experience 

I ka wa ma mua ka wa ma hope, “the future is in the past.” 

            Hawaiian Proverb

Created by Moses Goods, Inamona Theatre Company and the HTY Ensemble

The Project

is the Hawaiian led creation of public, augmented reality experiences placed around statues of significance, examining, and illuminating existing narratives attached to these contemporary historical markers.  The project is led by Kanaka Maoli Storyteller, Moses Goods and will be produced by Honolulu Theatre for Youth in collaboration with Capitol Modern:  Hawaii State Art Museum.

 

How Does it Work?

Part one and two of this project will be activated by cell phone or mobile devices audience members bring to either the Queen Liliuokalani Statue or the King Kamehameha I Statue in downtown Honolulu.  A QR code close to the statue will activate a 5-10 minute  augmented reality experience exploring each statue.  Part three will include various augmented reality experiences accessible through ipads provided by Capitol Modern:  The Hawaii State Art Museum. 

What is the timeline?

Part 1 will be tested in February 2024 and accessible to the general public by March 2024.

Part 2 is scheduled to open to the public no later than May 2024.

Part 3 will be available in June in conjunction with the Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture.

Once open, all three experiences will remain accessible to the public on an ongoing basis.

 

Part One:  Queen Liliuokalani Statue

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Part Two:  King Kamehameha I Statue

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Part Three:  Imi A Loaa at Capitol Modern

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Partners

We have been so fortunate to work with a variety of partners and funders on the creation of content for this project.  From volunteer developers to government agencies to student testers we are excited that this work has expanded out community.

Funders Include:

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Additional funding for the original project was provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, Native Arts and Culture Foundation, Kamehameha Schools and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

Program

Theatrical Team

We have been blessed with an amazing theatrical team who have been guiding the development of the piece.

Core Devising Team:  Moses Goods, Lokomaika’i Lipscomb, Ryan I. Kahaʻiʻōlelo Sueoka, Kala Muller, Alysia Kepaʻa

This list is growing and there continues to be tremendous support from the HTY staff and ensemble as well as others!  Mahalo to all!

 

 

 

 

Designers/Programmers

Visual Designers/Resident Artists

Solomon Enos, Chesley Cannon

Composer/Sound Designer

TBA

Lead Unity Designers/Programmers

Daniel Schatzeder

Andrew Towl

Other Designers/Programmers

Shawn Taras

Richard Kanno

Additional design, filming, animation and a mountain of work came from inside and outside HTY and we are deeply grateful for each of these contributions.

Collaborators

This project would not have been possible without the contributions of many, many collaborators who gave generous advice, guidance and leadership.  A few to note are…

Capitol Modern for opening their  beautiful venue and leaping onboard as a partner.

The massive group of collaborators who met in preparation for this project, especially those who participated in the first and second “hackathons” which paved the way for our development of Imi A Loaa.

The many cultural advisors who gave guidance and learning both directly to this project and before.

The partners (please see above) who gave so generously to allow us to take the risk, learn and experiment.  Mahalo!

 

 

Support this work

This work requires new technology, computer programmers and most especially time to explore and discover what is possible when we combine traditional culture and new technologies.  If you would like to support this work please contact HTY’s Managing Director, Becky Dunning at manager@htyweb.org.

Check back for more videos and additional information coming soon!