what's on the horizon...

This is an art blog where I will be adding new drawings and paintings of Hula girls and Tiki Gods every week, sometimes more, along with related videos, Hawaiiana and tons of Tiki trivia. So crack open a cold one and enjoy the show.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Aloha Wahine

Welcome to my new blog. And to kick it off, here's a lovely I drew back in 1996 while I was living in Hilo, 0n the Island, Hawaii, Home of the Merrie Monarch hula festival.

The festival is named in honor of King David Kalakaua, the last king of the Hawaiian islands, whose coronation in 1883 included public displays of hula, which had long been buried under rules imposed by Hawaiian missionaries.
Kalakaua ruled for seventeen years. His reign was marked by a resurgence in Hawaiian culture, music and included numerous public performances of hula. Because of his love of dance and music, Kalakaua was nicknamed, "the Merrie Monarch." In his memory and in celebration of Hawaiian culture, dance and music, the Merrie Monarch Festival is held each year.


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