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Allison Milham ~ California

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Allison Leialoha Milham is an educator, artist and songwriter of Native Hawaiian descent. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama.

Allison Milham: “Art-making allows me to explore and bridge gaps in my understanding of myself and the world. I aim to illuminate aspects of our humanity with which we're unaware of or have lost touch with; giving voice to unsung heroes and untold histories. Art becomes simply a vehicle for putting forth information, raising awareness and encouraging positive action. I value community-engaged creative practices, and focus on raising awareness around social and environmental issues I see as critical. My work is increasingly influenced by Indigenous social movements and relationship with place.”


Allison Milham SOLD / Out of Print Titles:  

Mauna Kea Calling
By Allison Milham
Atascadero, California: Allison Milham, 2021. Edition of 38.

6 x 6”; 20 pages. Soft-cover pamphlet binding. Letterpress printing and sumi ink on Reeves Heavyweight paper, abaca from the Morgan Conservatory. Handmade cotton paper covers. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colophon: “’Mauna Kea Calling’ was designed, hand-printed and bound by Allison Leialoha Milham (Morning Hour Press) in the winter of 2021. The type was digitally set in Edita Book and printed letterpress from photopolymer plates on Rives Heavyweight mould made paper. Bound in handmade cotton-rag paper covers. Endsheets are abaca from the Morgan Conservatory, patterned with sumi ink and silver letterpress text featuring my mother's favorite chant, Nā ‘Aumākua.

“Translations included in the book are from the online Hawaiian Language dictionary, Transcriptions from the thousands of K?naka Maoli who spoke out for their sovereignty at the DOI hearings can be read at and videos of testimony as well as additional information about the 'Aha can be found on the Facebook page, A'ole DOI Final Rule Testimonials. Keep up with the movement to protect Mauna Kea and Hawaiian rights by following @protectmaunakea and @ainamomona.

“This book was published in a limited edition of 38 copies. The first eight are included as part of the artists' book project ‘Pilina Everlasting’.”

Allison Milham, Project Statement: “’Mauna Kea Calling’ is a short pamphlet containing an essay written by my mother, Mary Alice Ka'iulani Milham shortly after her move home to Hawai'i in 2015 when she became involved in the struggle to protect Mauna Kea. In this short piece, she speaks to several issues affecting Native Hawaiians as the result of U.S. colonization and militarism in our islands and the devastating effects their presence continues to have on our land and waters. Also included is a brief forward that introduces my mother and her work, as well as a transcription of her testimony given at the Department of Interior hearing, which she references in her essay.

“My mother was a fierce aloha ‘ āina warrior who devoted much of her life to flighting for Hawaiian rights and the protection of our earth. I dedicate this project to her, in honor of our eternal bond and our shared commitment to protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples and sacred relationships with āina

  • ‘āina = land
  • aloha ‘āina = patriot
  • Nā ‘Aumākua = Elders
  • Mauna Kea = White Mountain

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Uluhaimalama Legacies of Lili'uokalani
By Allison Milham
Tallahassee, Florida: Great Basin Press, 2012. Edition of 50.

12.25 x 12.25" custom sectioned clamshell box containing pamphlet, postcards, lei-making kit, lyrics sheet, record in sleeve, stencil-cut portrait. Letterpress printed. Images and text printed from photopolymer plates and laser engraved wood blocks on handmade cotton/abaca, chipboard, and French Papers. Edition of 50: 10 deluxe, 40 standard. Both versions bound in illustrated printed papers. Standard copies are quarter-cloth bound; deluxe copies are quarter-leather. Title blind embossed on spine.

Contents: Pamphlet, "Uncovering Hawai'i's Past - Beyond Textbooks & Travel Guides": 5.5 x 8.5", 28 pages (handbound, illustrated wraps, project colophon printed on bottom of this section in the box); Postcards, "Let the Story Be Told": 3.5 x 4.5"; 4 cards (laid in chipboard wraps with printed band closure; lei making kit: 2 x 3.75" black envelope containing 49 paper flowers, thread provided, instructions included on bottom of custom section for envelope); Music by Queen Lili'uokalani: 33 1/3 rpm record of music selections (slightly less than 40 minutes play time) in printed 12 x 12" sleeve, lyrics printed on 24 x 12" sheet, folded once forming 4 pages; Portrait of Queen Lili'uokalani: 12 x 12" one stencil-cut sheet.

Allison Milham: "This project explores the occupied state of Hawai'i; it's political past and history of organized resistance. Milham combines music composed by Queen Lili'uokalani, (played and recorded by the artist), with a detailed portrayal of Hawai'i's story contained within the accompanying album, artwork, and packaging. The content plays out in an interactive uncovering; an intense discovery of successive layers to be sifted through, understood and felt. Postcards, 12" laser-cut stencil, booklet and other items of ephemera become tools, allowing the viewer to turn their newly acquired knowledge into action.

"Being one quarter Native Hawaiian, this project is very personal, honoring my family and heritage, but it also speaks to my interests in activism, sharing history and my efforts for social change."
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