See Artists Present Supernatural Images at October’s PechaKucha Honolulu

The presentation event takes place at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum on October 30.

Editor’s Note: Through our partnership with the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, HONOLULU Magazine publishes a monthly blog written by Lisa Shiroma, owner of the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop.

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Presenter Michelle Schwengel-Regala knits underwater.
Photo: B. Konar


If you’ve never heard of PechaKucha Night, you’re in for a treat (and maybe a few tricks!) this spooky season.


PechaKucha Night began as a fast and furious presentation created by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003 in Tokyo. The event functions as a platform for people to share their ideas and experiences with a captive audience, through slides. Presentation topics are typically creative; the only rule is that presenters have 20 seconds to show each of their 20 slides. PechaKucha’s unique format allows people to share their ideas in a fun, lively atmosphere. This short and sweet style of presenting has caught on in other countries and PechaKucha Night has now been hosted in more than 1,000 cities worldwide.


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Photos:  M. Schwengel


Honolulu’s own PechaKucha is back from a short hiatus at its new venue, the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. In July, the museum hosted its first PechaKucha Night with the theme of “Motion.” Six enthusiastic presenters spoke to a standing-room-only audience.


On Oct. 30, PechaKucha Night returns with the spooky theme, “Supernatural.” Themes are normally flexible and open to interpretation. Among the presenters will be fearless adventuress and artist Michelle Schwengel-Regala, who says: “The prompt ‘Supernatural’ made me think of the supercooled waters in which I [went] scuba diving in Antarctica. Through my 20 slides I will showcase many of the superlatives associated with Antarctica, taking viewers on a journey to this extreme continent and back.”


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photo: M. Naranjo


Other presenters will be from the Hawai‘i Museums Association—who have probably had a supernatural encounter or two in their museums.


Free admission. Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m., presented in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. Donations are much appreciated and go directly to support the PechaKucha headquarters in Tokyo.


Lisa Shiroma

isa Shiroma is the owner of the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop and runs it with partners Aly Ishikuni-Sasaki and Travis Sasaki from Mori by Art + Flea.

Lisa worked as gallery manager for Koa Art Gallery at KCC from 2014 to 2017.

In July 2017, Lisa, Travis and Aly renovated and reopened the Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s gift shop space as a new art gallery and gift shop “for Hawai‘i artists, by Hawai‘i artists.”