Piʻilani Yamanoha

Piʻilani Yamanoha (she/her) is a mixed-Native Hawaiian artist from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and moved to Oregon to attend college. She is currently working on her BFA at Portland State University and is interested in exploring mediums such as screenprinting, block prints, and mixed media sculpture. 

Keiki O Ka ‘Āina

linoleum block prints on Japanese paper, 28.5″ x 11.5″, 2020

The summer of 2020, I started to study linoleum block prints and it reminded me of storybooks I read as a child about Hawaiian mythology. I became inspired and wanted to create a piece that told a part of my story. This artwork is the vision I have when I think about my biological mother. She is seen working in the kalo fields on a cloudless day, investing herself into the land. She has always been this way and now living on the “mainland”, I often wish that I had taken more opportunities to be more involved like her while I was still living in Hawaiʻi.” 

— Piʻilani Yamanoha

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