"Culmination" artwork on Maui Dedication / by Matthew Salenger

The dedication ceremony included ukulele playing and hula dancing. And, as is the standard in Hawaii, there was plenty of good food too! 

The dedication ceremony included ukulele playing and hula dancing. And, as is the standard in Hawaii, there was plenty of good food too! 

The student with the hat was really amazing to work with. Over the 2+ years I spent at Kalama his eyesight went from 15% to about 3%. But that never stopped him from drawing. He produced some great drawings of pick-up trucks, which epitomized upcountry living to him. His drawings were one of the eight that made its way into the artwork. The day after we installed the piece, he was able to climb a ladder and feel the artwork with his hands so he could understand what was included and how his piece fit into it. 

The student with the hat was really amazing to work with. Over the 2+ years I spent at Kalama his eyesight went from 15% to about 3%. But that never stopped him from drawing. He produced some great drawings of pick-up trucks, which epitomized upcountry living to him. His drawings were one of the eight that made its way into the artwork. The day after we installed the piece, he was able to climb a ladder and feel the artwork with his hands so he could understand what was included and how his piece fit into it. 

The dedication also included a ritual blessing. All in all, a really amazing dedication.