The painted king : art, activism, and authenticity in Hawaiʻi (Book, 2012) [WorldCat.org]
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The painted king : art, activism, and authenticity in Hawaiʻi

Author: Glenn Wharton
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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 Kapa`au, North Kohala, the legendary birthplace of Kamehameha I. In 1996 conservator Glenn Wharton was sent by  Read more...
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Named Person: Kamehameha, the Great King of the Hawaiian Islands; Kamehameha, King of the Hawaiian Islands; Kamehameha, the Great King of the Hawaiian Islands
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenn Wharton
ISBN: 9780824834951 082483495X 9780824836122 082483612X
OCLC Number: 741751139
Description: x, 203 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 26 cm
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.
Responsibility: Glenn Wharton.

Abstract:

"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 Kapa`au, 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 Kapa`au."--Publisher description.

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