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Colleen Miyose Wallis

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Address: 76-792 Hualalai Road
Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Contact Person: Colleen Miyose Wallis
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Phone: (808) 329-3094
Art Teacher - Silk, Dyes

Colleen is a graduate of the University of Hawai`i Manoa , and holds a Masters degree in Art Education. She has taught at the Dole Intermediate School, University of the South Pacific and Konawaena High School, While living in Port Vila in Vanuatu, she opened an art school for children and adults. She also exhibited in one-man shows in Port Vila. She currently teaches art at the Konawaena Middle School, and is the advisor for the KMS Art WAVES Student Group members of Arts of Kona.

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Teacher at Dole Intermediate School from 1973 to 1993. 

Moved to the South Pacific , namely Vanuatu and lived there for 13 years, teacher of art to all ages through the University of the South Pacific, PVIS, and through lessons given privately from the Rossi Restaurant.

Worked with other expats to b hold Art shows that included the general public.  Eventually became too complicated so disbanded art organization and held one –man shows instead.

2006-2009  Kealakehe  HIGH SCHOOL ART TEACHER


2002-2004 EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT at  KONAWAENA ELEMENTARY AND HOLUALOA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.  I had the pleasure of working with the SPED children and helped out shadowing some very special students.  It was the most enjoyable year I every spent working at a school.


TEACHER AT PVIS : Port Vila international school teaching art and simple Japanese 1990-1993

Prior to 1990

I lived on a ranch owned by an Australian and ran his Reef n ranch takeaway for two years.  My responsibilities were to supervise the running of his ranch as well as a fast food venue, order and purchase chicken , hamburgers, chips and supplies and oversee the daily business.   When the owner eventually sold the business, I decided to venture out on my own and I opened an art classes at the University of the South Pacific to teach the local and expat people ceramics, sculpting and painting.  I did this for two years.  I was introduced to a local potter who had a wood burning kiln and I helped him collect and transport wood to fire his kiln in exchange for his services.   I also ran classes out of the Radisson Hotel and taught young adults and adults drawing and watercolor painting. Private lessons were given to individuals at their home to supplement my income.  Eventually, the principal of the Port Vila International  School approached me about working at the school.  I began tutoring students in art and Japanese.  During this period, I eventually got married and worked until a month before my delivery date and I finally left and went to Australia to live with my sister in law until the birth of my son.    Upon returning to Vila,   I opened and ran my own school of art for all age levels in Port Vila, using the then Rossi Restaurant as a venue.      Eventually, I held art classes at my home in Fatamaalu Bay where along with my friend, Yoko Kaneko, we ran classes in art and Japanese.

I thought that we would be spending our life in this town of English and French speakers so we enrolled my son in the French preschool.  Anthony disliked the school from the beginning so eventually we placed him in the Port Vila international school which is a correspondence school.  He enjoyed the teachers and students at PVIS and began to excel.  

While living in Port Vila, Vanuatu, I was shown how to work with silk and dyes so this medium has become my medium of choice.

When I first arrived in Vila, I enrolled in Spanish classes at the USP   and took classes for two years to better my Spanish.    Eventually, however, I realized that most of the expats were Francophone and French would be a more useful language in Vila so I began studying French instead.

By 2005, my father had been going weaker with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia so my son and I returned to Hawaii.   Michael chose to move back to Australia as he did not care for Hawaii especially with his asthma problem.

Presently, I am teaching art at Konawaena Middle school and am enjoying it immensely.   I cover drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting and mask making with my students as well as art History.

My 6th grade classes are only with me for 1 quarter so I try to cover as much as possible during the quarter.  The 7th and 8th grade classes are with me for a semester so they are able to cover a lot more material and go deeper into art making.

  I enter as many of the art contests that come our way and try to expose my students to as many exhibits as possible.

I continue to work with silk and dyes but also love to make bush baskets which is a weaving technique I started while living in the South Pacific.  


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