Artist to Open Time Capsule

Kapiʻolani Community College
Louise Yamamoto, (808) 734-9513
Director, College Relations, Office for College and Community Relations
Posted: Nov 9, 2015

All One sculpture.
All One sculpture.

HONOLULU – In November 2002, a time capsule containing children’s art work was buried near an outdoor sculpture titled, “ALL ONE,” on Kapiʻolani Community College campus. The sculpture is one of five sun-aligned sculptures located around the world.

This World Sculpture Project is the genius of artist Kate Pond who buried the accompanying time capsules between 1994 and 2007. Each capsule will be opened in 2015, close to specific sun alignment times. Some capsules have already been uncovered:

  1. SOLEKKO:  Oslo, Norway; June 3, 2015 (close to summer solstice)
  2. HIMEGURI:  Izumi, Sendai, Japan; June 22, 2015 (on summer solstice)
  3. ZIGZAG:  Stanstead, Quebec, Canada; September 23, 2015 (on equinox)
  4. ALL ONE:  Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA; November 19, 2015 (close to the Pleiades heliacal rising)
  5. TELLING STONES:  Mapua, Richmond, New Zealand; during the first week in December 2015 (close to the Pleiades heliacal rising)

The public is invited to witness the uncovering of Kate Pond’s time capsule scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9:00a.m. at the site of “ALL ONE,” located on the corner of Makapuʻu Avenue and Diamond Head Road. This is a rare opportunity to hear an artist talk about her art, and about her interest that allowed her to reach across cultures and time zones to mark time using light and shadows.

About the Artist

Many of Kate Pond’s sculptures document time. She claims the inspiration for her sculptures comes from curves she sees in nature. She transfers these images into calligraphic strokes, first with ink and a brush. She later cuts the “strokes” out of corten steel, bending them into shape with an oxy-acetylene torch. These small works are the maquettes for the much larger, final steel sculptures.

About “ALL ONE”

The sculptures in Hawaiʻi and New Zealand share a Polynesian Pleiades star cluster alignment that occurs in November to early December. The rising of the Pleiades is in the east as the sun sets in the west. This celestial event is called the Makahiki by the Hawaiians and the Makariki by the Maori in New Zealand. The Hawaiians associated this rise with the return of the god Lono and the rainy season.

The sculpture has meanings on several levels. Robin Fujikawa, Professor of Philosophy at Kapiʻolani CC, offers a unique meaning: The sculpture welcomes all who enter the campus with the promise of opportunity. Upon entry, the sculpture is in the shape of the Chinese character that means ‘enter.’ Upon exit however, when seeing the sculpture from a reverse angle, the character reads, ‘person.’ Thus, when one exits the College to go out into the world, one leaves with a clearer vision, with a gift to offer the world. The person who leaves possesses a unique gift to give to the world.

What People Are Saying About the Artist

Rubellite Kawena Johnson, Hawaiian ethno-astronomer and University of Hawaiʻi Professor Emerita, “Her sculptures capture shadow on earth to reflect the physical nature of the universe.”

Nainoa Thompson, Hawaiian navigator, now sailing on Hōkūle‘a, on a Worldwide Voyage: “Maintaining the connections that the canoes originally made is important. Our projects have similar goals: bringing people and cultures of the world together and promoting stewardship and respect for our special place and special people” (referring to the connection between Maori and Hawaiians).

Hardy Spoehr, former Executive Director of Papa Ola Lōkahi, “This is a universal project that encourages inner reflections on the indigenous people it honors.”

For more information on Kate Pond’s World Sculpture Project, visit