Ho’omakua was an opportunity to create a visual experience about maturation and socialization of adolescences within society by presenting based on my personal memories fishing on the south side of the Big Island with my father. At a young age, learning the intricacies of fishing and marine navigation became my own coming of age or rite of passage story. The project was an exploration of what is being a man/woman is about? How is that journey discovered? How does one view themselves making that transition? The variety of different cultural experiences show significance within culture regardless of which one you reside in. Ho’omakua takes the personal as a medium for the display of the public using text, image and material relaying socialization in a manner that cannot be expressed in another way.


Ho’omakua, Hawaiian for development or maturation, is based of my childhood in Hawai’i and my relation to fishing culture as a local. Socialization is the the process of learning norms, customs and ideologies providing individuals with the abilities to participate within society. Achievement of social and cultural continuity attained through an individual being socialized by parents, family, extended family, and extended social networks.


Book: 9.625″ x 7″


Student project attending the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. May 2015 – UHM Art 465.