Arrival of Saint Damien at Kalaupapa by Herb Kawainui Kane

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Father Damien's Arrival at Kalaupapa

In 1873, a Belgian priest answered his bishop's call to come to the leprosy colony on Molokai and work to ease the suffering of thousands dying of leprosy, cast away on Kalaupapa, a remote peninsula surrounded by the sea and high cliffs.

Perhaps because he gave his life to that cause, his image is often portrayed as an old man, his face ravaged by incurable disease; but collector Patrick Hopper suggested portraying him as the vigorous young priest who had been building churches on Hawaii Island, courageous and resolute, but appalled at what he saw at the moment he landed. Bishop Maigret follows him ashore. Out in the bay is the little interisland steamer that has brought them.

About the artist: Herb Kawainui Kane (1928-2011) was an artist-historian and author with a special interest in Hawaii and the South Pacific. In 1984, he was elected a Living Treasure of Hawaii.

This fine art signature print was created using the finest archival inks and materials available anywhere. Time honored techniques with the latest digital tools available were used to recreate Herb Kane's treasured works to their finest detail. These prints are rated to be fade resistant for generations.

Print is 14 inches by 11 inches.

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