Modern Art of Hawaii

Modern Art of Hawaii

Here in our Modern Art of Hawaii gallery are the greats of the 20th century and the present day!

modern paintings of hawaii

Ua kaha aku la ka nalu o kuu aina. The surf has pressed upon my land. (One is in adverse circumstances.)


Charles BartlettHelen DrangaPaul EmmertHugo Antoine FisherCharles FurneauxD. Howard HitchcockOgura Yonesuke ItohArman Tateos ManookianJoseph NawahiWilliam Twigg-Smith

We invite you to visit our extensive collection of modern Hawaiian art prints (and a few original art pieces as well) in The Great Hawaiian Bazaar!

Charles Bartlett

Charles William Bartlett (1860-1940) was an English painter and printmaker who settled in Hawaii. He began his studies as an artist at age 23, when he enrolled in the Royal Academy in London to study painting and etching. After three years there, he entered the private studio school Académie Julian in Paris.

In 1889, he returned to England and married, but his wife and infant son died in childbirth. Bartlett then traveled to Europe, spending several years there with his friend and fellow artist Frank Brangwyn, who introduced Bartlett to Japanese prints. Bartlett produced some of his most important early works, especially studies of peasants.

Bartlett traveled to Japan in 1915, where he met woodblock print publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō, regarded as a major influence in modern Japanese art. Watanabe published series of woodblocks from Bartlett’s designs, including of Japanese landscapes. In 1917, Bartlett and his second wife left Japan for England; however, they stopped off in Hawaii, where they remained—never returning to England. He again visited Japan in 1919, where he created a set of sixteen prints for Watanabe.

Anna Rice Cooke, founder of the Honolulu Museum of Art, became Bartlett’s patron. In 1928, Bartlett joined with local artists Alexander Samuel MacLeod, John Melville Kelly, and Huc-Mazelet Luquiens to found Honolulu Printmakers. Charles Bartlett died in Hawaii in 1940.

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modern art of Hawaii | "Hawaiian Man in an Outrigger Canoe"

“Hawaiian Man in an Outrigger Canoe”

modern art of Hawaii | "Hawaiian Fisherman"

“Hawaiian Fisherman”

modern art of Hawaii | "West Kauai Cattle Landing"

“West Kauai Cattle Landing”

modern art of Hawaii | "Fishing in Hawaii"

“Fishing in Hawaii”

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modern art of Hawaii | "Canoes"


modern art of Hawaii | "The Surf Rider, Duke, Waikiki"

“The Surf Rider, Duke, Waikiki”

modern art of Hawaii | "Surfers"


Helen Dranga

Helen Thomas Dranga (1866–1927) was a British/American painter who made paintings of Hawaii. Born in England, she moved with her family to Oakland, California in 1894, and then to Hawaii, where they settled in Hilo in 1901.

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She painted the Hawaiian landscape with a “remarkably sensitive touch”, and her paintings were said to “seem to reflect the romantic view of Hawaii”. Her work regularly appeared on the cover of Paradise of the Pacific magazine, including her painting of a Golden Shower Tree published in a 1927 edition. Her paintings were included in Encounters with Paradise: Views of Hawaii and its People, 1778-1941, published in 1992. She lived in Hilo and then moved in the 1920s to Honolulu, where she died in 1927.

modern art of Hawaii | "Sunset on the Waiakea River near Hilo, Hawaii"

“Sunset on the Waiakea River near Hilo, Hawaii”

modern art of Hawaii | "Gold Tree"

“Gold Tree”

modern art of Hawaii | "Koolau Mountains from Wahiawa"

“Koolau Mountains from Wahiawa”

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modern art of Hawaii | "Pu Hala on the Waiakea River near Hilo"

“Pu Hala on the Waiakea River near Hilo”

modern art of Hawaii | "Jacaranda Tree"

“Jacaranda Tree”

modern art of Hawaii | "Kahaluu, Kaneohe"

“Kahaluu, Kaneohe”

modern art of Hawaii | "Kahana Bay"

“Kahana Bay”

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Paul Emmert

Paul Emmert (1826–1867) was born in Switzerland. He emigrated to the United States at age 19, where he rapidly became an established artist in New York. He joined the Gold Rush in California in 1849, and later exhibited a panorama of paintings of the miners he observed there. He returned to California in late 1850, where he operated the Bear Hotel in Sacramento and a theater in San Francisco. He exhibited his paintings in San Francisco and other communities.

In 1853, he moved to Hawaii and opened a print shop in Honolulu, where he made prints of his own drawings of local landmarks. He moved to Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawaii, where he farmed a sugarcane plantation until his death in 1867.

Public collections of the works of Paul Emmert are held by the Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), the Hawaii Historical Society, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

modern art of Hawaii | "View Mauka Along Nuuanu Stream"

“View Mauka Along Nuuanu Stream”

modern art of Hawaii | "View of Smallpox Hospital"

“View of Smallpox Hospital”

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modern art of Hawaii | "Kahokukano, Kona"

“Kahokukano, Kona”

Hugo Anton Fisher

Hugo Anton Fisher (1854-1916) was known for painting watercolor landscapes. Born into a family of artists in Bohemia, he emigrated to New York and later moved to California with his wife and children. In 1894, Fisher moved to Hawaii and opened a studio in Honolulu, but he left Hawaii for the mainland late in 1896. Fisher died in Alameda, California in 1916.

Public collections of work by Hugo Anton Fisher are held by the Adirondack Museum (Blue Mountain Lake, New York), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Hawaii State Art Museum.

modern art of Hawaii | "Beach of Waikiki"

“Beach of Waikiki”

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Charles Furneaux

Charles Furneaux (1835–1913) was born in Boston and lived in the town of Melrose, becoming a drawing instructor in that area. In 1880, Furneaux moved to Hawaii, where he befriended King Kalakaua and other members of the royal family, who gave him several commissions. While living in Honolulu he taught at Punahou School and at what later became Iolani School. In 1885, Kalakaua awarded the Order of Chevalier of Kapiolani “in recognition of his services in advancing Hawaiian art.” His reputation mainly derives from the paintings he made of erupting volcanoes on the island of Hawaii. He died in Hawaii in 1913.

Public collections of works by Charles Furneaux are held by the Bishop Museum (Honolulu), the Brooklyn Museum, the Honolulu Museum of Art, Iolani Palace (Honolulu) and Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (South Hadley, Massachusetts).

modern art of Hawaii | "Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa Coconut Grove, Honolulu" (c. 1880-1885)

“Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and Helumoa Coconut Grove, Honolulu(c. 1880-1885)

D. Howard Hitchcock

David Howard Hitchcock (1861-1943) was an American painter of the Volcano School, known for his paintings of Hawaii. He was born in Hilo, Hawaii, and after graduating from Punahou School, Hitchcock attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where he held his first art exhibition. Back in Hawaii, he wandered the Big Island’s volcanic wilderness with a sketch pad and watercolors. French artist Jules Tavernier, painting in Hawaii, saw Hitchcock’s sketches and convinced him to study art seriously. After Tavernier’s death in 1889, Hitchcock studied painting at the National Academy of Design in New York City and at the Académie Julian in Paris. His work was accepted at the Paris Salon of 1893.

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He returned to Hawaii in 1893, and became one of the founders of the Kilohana Art League, an art program in Honolulu. Hitchcock painted scenes from the volcanic regions of the island of Hawaii. In 1907 he visited the island of Kauai, where he painted Waimea Canyon, and the island of Maui in 1915 and 1916. He became a leading member of Hawaii’s Volcano School. In 1919 he painted two murals for the Pan-Pacific Union in Honolulu, and painted dramatic scenes of Hawaii for the new steamers Haleakala and Malolo of the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company. His style later evolved to become more impressionistic.

His paintings were displayed in 1924 at the First Hawaiian and South Seas Exhibition in the Los Angeles Museum. In 1927, he exhibited several paintings at the opening of the Honolulu Museum of Art, and held a retrospective exhibition there in 1936. In 1939 his work was exhibited in the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco and at the New York World’s Fair.

modern art of Hawaii | "City of Refuge"

“City of Refuge”

modern art of Hawaii | "Hawaiian View"

“Hawaiian View”

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modern art of Hawaii | "A View of Halemaumau Crater"

“A View of Halemaumau Crater”

modern art of Hawaii | "Kilauea Eruption"

“Kilauea Eruption”

modern art of Hawaii | "Hanalei Valley Kauai"

“Hanalei Valley Kauai”

modern art of Hawaii | "View from the Pali"

“View from the Pali”

modern art of Hawaii | "Twilight Fishing in Waikiki"

“Twilight Fishing in Waikiki”

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modern art of Hawaii | "Halemaumau Lake of Fire"

“Halemaumau Lake of Fire”

modern art of Hawaii | Grass Shack on Beach

Grass Shack on Beach

modern art of Hawaii | "Mokuaweoweo"


modern art of Hawaii | "Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii"

“Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii”

modern art of Hawaii | Kualoa


modern art of Hawaii | Canoe


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modern art of Hawaii | "Sunrise Glow from Wailoa River"

“Sunrise Glow from Wailoa River”

modern art of Hawaii | "A Village Scene"

“A Village Scene”

modern art of Hawaii | "Mokoli'i Island at Twilight"

“Mokoli’i Island at Twilight”

modern art of Hawaii | "Kahuku Beach Oahu"

“Kahuku Beach Oahu”

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modern art of Hawaii | "Kaneohe Bay Fishponds"

“Kaneohe Bay Fishponds”

modern art of Hawaii | "Halema'uma'u Lava Lake and Kilauea Caldera"

“Halema’uma’u Lava Lake and Kilauea Caldera”

modern art of Hawaii | "Mauna Kea"

“Mauna Kea”

modern art of Hawaii | "Lauhala by the Shore"

“Lauhala by the Shore”

modern art of Hawaii | "Lanai from Lahaina"

“Lanai from Lahaina”

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modern art of Hawaii | "Hanalei, Kauai"

“Hanalei, Kauai”

modern art of Hawaii | Hanalei


modern art of Hawaii | Hanalei Valley

Hanalei Valley

Ogura Yonesuke Itoh

Ogura Yonesuke Itoh was born in Japan in 1870. At 25 years of age, he sailed to Hawaii, where he jumped ship and evaded the authorities by hiding out in Punchbowl Crater. His work was associated with Hawaii’s Volcano School, and Itoh became the first recognized Japanese painter to paint Hawaii subjects. His paintings were similar to those of Jules Tavernier, a prominent figure in the Volcano School. Many of his paintings were left unsigned, since he was in Hawaii illegally, and some of these unsigned works were incorrectly attributed to Tavernier. Ogura died in 1940.

The Honolulu Museum of Art usually has at least one painting by Ogura Yonesuke Itoh on exhibit, along with other examples of the Volcano School.

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"Hale Mau Mau"

“Hale Mau Mau”

"Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa"

“Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa”





Arman Tateos Manookian

Arman Tateos Manookian (1904-1931) was an Armenian-American painter best known for his works depicting scenes of Hawai’i. Manookian was the oldest of three children born to a Christian Armenian family in Istanbul. As a teenager, he survived the Armenian genocide and emigrated to the United States in 1920. At the age of 16 he attended the Rhode Island School of Design, and later took classes at the Art Students League of New York before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1923. While in the Marines, Manookian supplied illustrations for Leatherneck Magazine and some 75 ink drawings for a history of the Marine Corps which was never published. These drawings now reside in the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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In 1927, Manookian was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, but he remained in Hawaii, working for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Paradise of the Pacific. His oil paintings are valued for their scarcity due to his early death by suicide in 1931. Only 31 of his oil paintings are known to exist. The State of Hawaii House of Representatives lauded him as “Hawaii’s Van Gogh”.

A group of seven Manookian paintings owned by the Hotel Hana-Maui, the only Manookian oil paintings known to be on public display anywhere, were removed from public display. Two of the murals, “Red Sails” and “Hawaiian Boy and Girl”, are now on long-term loan to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Hawaiian Landscape

Hawaiian Landscape



Beach Scene

Beach Scene

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Lavender Lady

Lavender Lady

"Hawaiian Woman"

“Hawaiian Woman”

"Greeting by Chiefs"

“Greeting by Chiefs”





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"Ala Wai, Honolulu"

“Ala Wai, Honolulu”



Joseph Nawahi

Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahī (1842-1896) was a Native Hawaiian nationalist leader, legislator, lawyer, newspaper publisher, and painter. Nāwahī is regarded as an influential Hawaiian patriot, on account of his long political service to the monarchy and his resistance and opposition to its overthrow.

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Born on the island of Hawaii, Nāwahī was educated in the Protestant missionary schools of the islands. He became a teacher at the Hilo Boarding School and a self-taught lawyer. He was also an accomplished artist, and one of the few Hawaiian painters to work in Western styles. Nawahi served in the last legislative assembly before the annexation of Hawaii, and after that went on to become a political leader for the Liberal faction. He spearheaded opposition to the unpopular Bayonet Constitution of 1887 and advocated for Hawaiian nationhood and self-rule. He co-authored the proposed 1893 Constitution with Queen Liliʻuokalani, but three days after the attempted promulgation of the constitution, the queen was deposed and the Kingdom of Hawaici was overthrown on January 17, 1893.

Nawahi remained loyal to the fallen monarchy. He was elected as president of the Hui Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriotic League), a patriotic organization created after the overthrow of the queen to oppose the looming annexation. He and his wife Emma established the anti-annexation newspaper Ke Aloha Aina.

In December 1894, Nāwahī was arrested and jailed by the Republic on charges of treason. He was acquitted and released, but died in 1896 from the tuberculosis he had contracted while in prison. His funeral services in Honolulu and Hilo were attended by his many supporters and friends; even his former enemies and the government of the Republic admitted his contributions as a patriot of Hawaii.

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"View of Hilo Bay"

“View of Hilo Bay”

Hilo Bay

Hilo Bay

"View of Hilo Bay, Hawai'i"

“View of Hilo Bay, Hawai’i”

William Twigg-Smith

William Twigg-Smith (1883–1950) was born in New Zealand, and went on to live most of his life in Hawaii as a painter, illustrator and musician. During World War I, he served as an artist in the American Camouflage Corps—one of its first. After the war, he returned home to work as an illustrator for the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association, and he held solo shows featuring his landscapes of Hawaii. Several of his works are on exhibit with by the Honolulu Museum of Art, and others remain in private collections.

"Pali Taro Fields"

“Pali Taro Fields”

"Rice Fields, Hanalei"

“Rice Fields, Hanalei”

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