For the past two years I have had the honor of attending the Moku O Keawe Hula Festival at the Waikoloa Hilton on The Big Island of Hawai'i,
thanks to my friend Desiree Manoa Cruz, who is the MC.
With a press pass around my neck, I found myself surrounded by Japanese, Tahitian, and Hawaiian hula dancers, and important people in the world of hula. I look around to find that not I am the only
white person in the room, but also the only male in the room.
It is a true cultural experience, and through these photographs of the first two years of this event, the Moku O Keawe Hula Festival, I share these special moments of being there with you.
Randy Magnus grew up in the Central Valley farmlands of California, and saw the cultural diversity that came into the area as the population grew. He learned to celebrate what the different cultures had to offer in the arts, food, and lifestyles. With his cameras Randy would document the cultural celebrations, showing the pride in what sets each culture apart, perserving a part of their unique heritage to share with others. Randy Magnus has work in several museums, including MOMA in New York City, the Oakland Museum, and the Achenbach Print Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. He has had one-man shows in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam. .
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