Native Books (Nā Mea Hawaiʻi)

E Luku Wale E

ʻAi Pōhaku Press
Hardcover, 168 pp.

The largest and most extensive public works project of its time in Hawaiʻi, the H-3 freeway drew more protest and opposition than any other project in the islands before it or since. Ē Luku Wale Ē is a lament, in words and images, for what has been lost in the wake of the construction of the massive freeway on the island of Oʻahu. Beginning in 1989, and working collectively as Piliāmoʻo, photographers Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf captured a ravaged landscape after work crews had gone home. The photographs in Ē Luku Wale Ē allow new generations to bear witness retrospectively to the changes in the land as they were taking place. Contemporary life encourages us to trade what we should value spiritually and culturally for material wealth and Ē Luku Wale Ē embodies the belief that what has been lost in the islands is a rootedness in the land. 

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