HOʻOMAIKAʻI TO OUR VISIONARY, VICTORIA HOLT TAKAMINE, ON BEING NAMED 2016 USA DORIS DUKE FELLOW!
PAʻI Foundation founder and executive director, Victoria Holt Takamine, has been named the 2016 USA Doris Duke Fellow of Traditional Arts.
The United States Artists (USA) Fellowship honors innovative, accomplished artists at all stages of their careers for their fresh perspectives, unique artistic vision, and impact on their field. Each individual artist or collaborative will receive an unrestricted $50,000 award to support their artistic practice and professional development, opening up increased possibilities to further their creative work. This year’s awardees were selected from over 500 nominated artists living in the United States and US Territories, and were chosen by panels of expert peers in the following artistic disciplines:
- Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts.
With its signature Fellowship program, USA celebrates the breadth of American artistic practices from coast to coast, cultivating a creative environment that is diverse in age, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Since its inception in 2006, USA has awarded nearly 500 artists with over $24 million in support.
“I was overwhelmed and speechless,” Takamine told the Star-Advertiser. “We don’t do this work thinking about getting rewarded for it, we do it because we love it. We do the work because we’re passionate about it”
Takamine, 69, is the respected kumu hula of Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima (Royal ‘Ilima Blossom), which she established in 1977. She began studying hula at the age of 12 and is a graduate of late kumu hula Maiki Aiu Lake. The mother of three and grandmother of four has taught hula to hundreds of students and served as a judge for the Merrie Monarch Festival. She is also the founder of the PA‘I Foundation, a Honolulu non-profit that “preserves, protects, promotes and perpetuates Native Hawaiian arts and culture for future generations.”
Past recipients of the USA Fellowships include novelist Annie Proulx, playwright David Henry Hwang, choreographer Bill T. Jones, and composer/lyricist/musician Robert Cazimero.