|O'Keeffe in Hana, 1939. Source: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum|
I recently spent some time in Hana, Maui, and learned that American artist Georgia O'Keeffe visited the area in the 1930s. Although she is closely identified with the desert of New Mexico, O'Keeffe painted several canvases of the striking tropical scenery of Hawaii.
|“Black Lava Bridge, Hana Coast No. 1,” 1939, by Georgia O'Keeffe. Source: NYT|
O'Keeffe was commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (later Dole) to create images to be used in their advertisements. In early 1939, she traveled by steamer to Honolulu and spent two months in the islands. In Hana, she stayed with the Jennings family, who owned the local sugar plantation, and their young daughter, Patricia, showed O'Keeffe the sights. Patricia Jennings later wrote a book describing her adventures with the artist (you can find it here).
|Lava bridge from Koki beach.|
|Ka Iwi O Pele to the right--you can just see tiny people at the base of the hill. The lava arch is out in the distance.|
O'Keeffe visited other sites in Hana that I recognized--part of the Jennings' home has been incorporated into the Travaasa Hana Hotel and she went to see a movie in the building that now houses the Hasegawa General Store.
|Black sand beach at Wai'anapanapa State Park|
|Cliffs and blowhole at Wai'anapanapa State Park|
|Dole ad, 1939, with O'Keeffe pineapple painting.|
For more info, see this article in the New York Times.
Unless noted, all photo are ©Jeni Sandberg.