Art & Architecture
Offering creations that inspire awe and introspection in equal measure, Kaili Chun provides a thought-provoking point of view that intertwines past and present.
Driven by the historical and cultural significance of the site, Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort dedicated meticulous consideration to the sourcing and commissioning of its art. Nearly all the contributing artists are native Hawaiians or current residents of the state, and each has been invited to experience the resort – its land and water, its rhythms and history – to harness inspiration from its unique energy and elements. This allows the creation of forms and expressions that not only complement the beautiful atmosphere, but resonate more profoundly.
Kaili Chun, a native of Hawai’i and renowned sculptor and artist specializing in large-scale installations, creates work that stunningly intersects nature, indigenous culture, and the rippling effects of Western contact.
Experience her perspective with her pieces Peʻa and ʻŌpelu, found in Moana and near Shipwreck Bar, respectively.
I was born and raised on the island of Oahu. I have a degree in architecture from Princeton University and a masters in Fine Arts from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. I'm primarily an installation artist; I do large-scale, site-specific installations that address the issues of a particular locale, and indigenous issues in particular.
Getting into Kahuwai Bay and being amidst the ʻāina morning to evening was really important. Seeing the petroglyph fields, and knowing my ancestors were there. Understanding that this was a canoe-launching place to fish and replenish water played into my two pieces: Peʻa and ʻŌpelu.
Moana means ocean, a vital resource. Peʻa are sail forms referencing the history of canoe sailing, and our navigation practices. Pe’a uses Albizia wood -- an invasive species in Hawai'i -- for the frame. Extracting this wood in a responsible way allows our forests to flourish.