Herb Kane Paintings


Step inside King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, just next to to Ahuʻena Heiau, to view historical paintings and a mural by legendary artist and Hawaiian historian Herb Kawainui Kane. Each image depicts an element of indigenous Hawaiian history or culture – fishing, the hula, farming etc. Also on display are a rare feathered helmet and cloak once worn by aliʻi (royalty), Hawaiian war weapons and musical instruments, and a whale's-tooth pendant strung on a braided cord made of human hair.

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