Mahalo for visiting KekonaArt.com!
We will be having much more on our website in the future so please check back with us. We welcome you to share our site with your email friends and family or even your local store owners and galleries. We feel the indigenous cultures of the world have much in common with Hawaiians and share a similar nature and spirit connection. Hawaiians call this “malama aina” or the care, protection and honoring of the land.
We plan to include links to traditional and new Hawaiian music as well as updates on what is going on for Hawaiians in their quest for cultural identity and self-determination. We will also be offering new items such as Kekona art t-shirts and cards, the latest art pieces and new designs of inlayed Koa boxes.
A hui hou! Until the next time,
Island Time is our company name, but it is also a concept! It reflects a time in Hawai’i when life moved at a slower pace and you took the time to enjoy the simple things.
Richard and Susan Dancil are the creators of Island Time products. Richard Waiwaiole Dancil is native Hawaiian born on the slopes of Haleakala Crater on Maui. He remembers the days when he knew just about everyone that passed through his small hometown of Keokea. Richard grew up in what is known as the plantation days. Many immigrant workers lived in communities known as camps. They were often grouped by their nationality such as Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Portugese, etc., to make them feel more at home with their language and customs. Since the Hawaiian people were harshly discouraged from using their native language, there was need for all the cultures to communicate and blend in with each other. To some degree, this is how the “pidgin” dialect came to be. Another way that helped bind all these races together was the comraderie they shared through music, food and a sharing of their cultural celebrations. Richard’s father was a Filipino immigrant that arrived in Hawai’i as a young boy in 1917 and was raised by a Hawaiian family. His mother is Kanaka Maoli (full Hawaiian bloodline) born in Hana, Maui. Richard did not grow up in a camp as his parents were not plantation workers. Both were life long nurses at Kula San, which was a tuberculosis sanitarium for many years. Richard is also an accomplished musician of traditional Hawaiian music. He plays the ukulele, slack key guitar and Hawaiian nose flute.
Susan moved to Maui in 1988. Her love of nature prompted her to live on Maui so she could focus on organic gardening year round. Besides growing food, Susan cultivates flowers and herbs around her home. She has begun Hawaiian studies in la’au lapa’au, (Hawaiian plant medicine), Hawaiian chant and cultural mythology. She met Anthony Kekona in 1998 and was deeply touched by his art and spiritual connection to his culture. Her background experience in graphic design, photography, art, and sales inspired her to become Kekona’s art representative. Since 1999, Susan has been part of the He U’i Art and Cultural Craft Fair held under the famous Banyan Tree in Lahaina. This is a refreshing outdoor venue where Richard’s plays music two weekends a month and Susan sells the Island Time products and Kekona art.
If you’re coming to Maui, Susan and Richard invite you to contact them to find out what weekend they will be under the Banyan Tree at He U’i. Come by and take the time to enjoy!
Aloha from Island Time