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National Park Service and 5th Grade Students Honor Artist Herb Kāne

April 19, 2013
A painting by a 5th grade Parker Lower School student on display at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. (NPS)

A painting by a 5th grade Parker School student on display today at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. (NPS)

Parker Lower School 5th grade students whose works of art are being displayed during National Park Week. (Courtesy Lisa G. Hummel, Parker School)

Parker School 5th grade students whose works of art are being displayed during National Park Week. (Courtesy Lisa G. Hummel, Parker School)

For National Park Week 2013, the national parks of on the Kona side of Hawaii Island invite you to a special “moving” exhibit featuring the artwork of students from Parker School (Kamuela, Hawaii). The students of the 5th grade class are presenting their studies of famous Herb Kāne paintings. This is what their teacher had to say:

Herb Kane has always been an inspiration to me.  Growing up in Hawaii and being an artist myself, I am constantly striving to convey my love for these islands.  Herb Kane had a vision to perpetuate Hawaiian culture and to share the vivid and historically correct images of the past through his paintings.  At Parker School, the 5th Grade class has a Hawaiian Studies unit and I wanted to incorporate that in my art curriculum.  I chose to share my appreciation and admiration of Herb Kaneʻs work and style with these students by allowing them to recreate one of Kaneʻs original works using acrylic paint on canvas board.
-Lisa G. Hummel
Parker School Visual Arts Teacher
Grades K-8
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Artist-historian Herb Kāne (June 21, 1928 – March 8, 2011) generously supported the National Park Service throughout the years with vivid imagery of Hawaiian culture prior to Western contact. His beautiful art brought to life the many stories, people and places within National Parks in Hawaii.

The original Herb Kane painting "Keoua's Arrival" and Herb Kane inspired paintings by 5th grade students. (NPS)

The original Herb Kane painting “Keoua’s Arrival” and Herb Kane inspired paintings by 5th grade students. (NPS)

The fine detailed elements of his artwork were enriched by his extensive research and ensured historical accuracy. Mr. Kāne was always gracious in allowing the Hawaii National Parks: Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site; Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park; Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park; Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Haleakalā National Park to display his artwork in the many publications and exhibits illustrating each park’s unique purposes and values.

The late United States Senator from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye, was quoted as saying,

“When you saw a Herb Kāne painting, you were energized and motivated to learn about the past. …His artwork captured both ancient and modern-day Hawaii and help preserve Hawaii’s unique culture for future generations.”

We are very proud to honor Herb Kāne in this way as he continues to influence future generations with his precious works of art.Visitors and island residents can see these works of art at the following locations and dates:

April 19-24 at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site

April 25-27 at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park

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