Round We Go with Rex Starts April 19th at 12:00 p.m.

Round We Go

HPIM2918I am constantly humbled by the kindness and generosity of the Hawaii sports community. It is truly a collection of people from all walks of life, all shapes and sizes, old and young who gather daily to take part in the gift of life by exercising the body that was given to them. We live in a unique environment that allows us access 365 days of the year with breathtaking backdrops while providing a stage for world-class events as well. Numerous as these communities of people are, so too are the ephemeral acts of humanity, compassion and charity that generally go without much notoriety or fanfare. These sorts of acts are a common thread among every group that I have been fortunate enough to get involved with. It is exactly because of these communities that I have been coming out to play year after year with the same enthusiasm for living and the environment that I have had since my first steps outdoors. I love experiencing the out of doors and I can say that when I am with those who have the same experiences, there is no need for explanations. 

 It seems only fitting when I had to make a decision to choose a form of expression to complete my study for the Bachelorette of Fine Art degree in Studio Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa that I chose a participatory, experiential form outside the traditional studio.  For the sake of engaging the academic, we’ll call it “live art” or a “durational performance.” For the rest of us, it’s just going for a walk: a walk around the Island that is. I choose to walk because walking for pleasure or politic is a special way of attaching ourselves to the landscape. It coagulates time and makes a place dense with prickly details (Sacha Kagan). I am inviting the public to circumnavigate the island with me as pedestrians, starting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery at 12:00 pm on April 19, 2013 and eventually returning on April 21st at our point of departure. Eminently aware of the challenges of durational performance, this journey strives to create an aesthetic, gestural presence, within the context of the people who gather for the experience. This presence will inevitably disappear, but not before the residue of the experience has woven itself into the fabric of this place through the practice of telling stories and the conviviality of a community that continually inspires me. You can follow along via Facebook or Twitter if you can’t participate. Here is a link to the route:


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  1. I plan to be going the distance with Rex. A signed copy of my (finally published) book ‘The Vengeance of Kahekili’ to anybody that makes a solid 50 miles with us. Aloha!

  2. Rex, can we join you at any point on the route or do you prefer certain “merge” points?

  3. I would like it to be as organic as possible…meaning at any point you would like to join in is up to you. There will be a few points that i will definitely need people if you want to be one of those.

  4. I have enlisted a friend; we would like to walk with you at some point. If you need support (water? etc?) at a certain point, we could plan to be there with it and fall in step.

  5. A fellow new to ultra running named Mike out of Kaneohe, who’d up at the Gallery on Friday with a very large pack and an extra plastic longs bag, and headed out with Rex and I. (Mike you earned your book! please contact me on my account mmuench01 at Gee Mail.
    It was great having him along, and we were surprised to find that Mike had only done four marathons, and never done any thing farther. Mike, unfamiliar with the problems of skin care at beyond marathon lasted for over 50 miles! What a guy! Think about his accomplishment. Those who understand have the greatest respect.
    Thank you to everyone who was there for Rex and I over this weekend. It was a great time, with many wonderful acts of kindness. It’s why I’m so proud to call myself a HURT runner. Many, Many Mahalo’s to all who came out.
    I am now on my third washing, my third rewash of clothes, my third search of the house for ’round Oahu survivors.
    I am fine, no blisters, no torn muscles, nothing of import went wrong. Thank you very much to the Hurt Crew. Judy, Heather(s), Willi, Jeff, and many more. What a wondeful time I had testing my self beyond all comprehension.
    Much Aloha! Mikem.

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