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Author Wharton, Glenn

Title The painted king : art, activism, and authenticity in Hawaiʻi / Glenn Wharton
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2012


Description 1 online resource (x, 203 pages) : illustrations (some color), color map
Contents A painted king -- Creating a "Pacific hero" -- Shipwreck -- Return to Kohala -- Local style -- How people think about their sculpture -- The community takes sides -- Decision -- On the scaffolding -- Looking to the future
Summary "The famous statue of Kamehameha I in downtown Honolulu is one of the state's most popular landmarks. Many tourists--and residents--however, are unaware that the statue is a replica; the original, cast in Paris in the 1880s and the first statue in the Islands, stands before the old courthouse in rural Kapàau, North Kohala, the legendary birthplace of Kamehameha I. In 1996 conservator Glenn Wharton was sent by public arts administrators to assess the statue's condition, and what he found startled him: A larger-than-life brass figure painted over in brown, black, and yellow with "white toenails and fingernails and penetrating black eyes with small white brush strokes for highlights. ... It looked more like a piece of folk art than a nineteenth-century heroic monument." The Painted King is Wharton's account of his efforts to conserve the Kohala Kamehameha statue, but it is also the story of his journey to understand the statue's meaning for the residents of Kapàau."--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-192) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Kamehameha I, the Great, King of the Hawaiian Islands, -1819 -- Statues
SUBJECT Kamehameha I, the Great, King of the Hawaiian Islands, -1819 fast
Subject Public sculpture -- Conservation and restoration -- Hawaii -- Kapaau -- Citizen participation
ART -- Sculpture & Installation.
ART -- Conservation & Preservation.
SUBJECT Kapaau (Hawaii) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Conservation and restoration
Subject Hawaii -- Kapaau
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780824861087