Meet the Artist: Brook Kapuhuniahi Parker
Honoring our Ancestors through Art: Brook Kapukuniahi Parker will share his journey combining research into ancestral history with his development as an artist and being a father to his own family. Born and raised in Kahaluu, Oahu, Brook traces his roots back to Kamehameha the Great and his wife Kanekapolei. Using the resources of art and Hawaiian history books collected by his father David (himself a gifted self-taught artist), Brook became a full-time artist specializing in paintings depicting people and things sacred to him. Images of Brook's artworks depicting kings, chiefs and warriors in battle have been published widely. Included are renditions of images commissioned by Kamehameha Publishing for the revised edition of Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii, illustrations for children's books, artwork for numerous private and public organizations (including Aha Punana Leo Hawaiian Language Immersion Schools, the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Board of Education). His original artworks are displayed at the Disney Aulani Hotel and he is also a skilled artisan of Hawaiian weaponry and other crafts. 12:00 - 1:00 pm, ground floor Multipurpose Room at the Hawaii State Art Museum.