Be a part of history and help us save our bronze sculpture to be displayed on the front lawn of the Kaua'i Museum! We know these are unprecedented and difficult times, but we must persevere and march onward to a new day and a new understanding despite the hardships, and we need your help to continue!
Throughout the preceding months Kauai Museum Exhibits Designer and artist Chris Fowler O'Connor, has been working diligently to create a life size bronze sculpture of King Kaumuali'i and his wife Kekaiha'akulou, the last ruling monarchs of the islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control and extreme weather, the project is in danger of coming to a premature end!
On December 25, 2019 the Kapaia studio where the sculptures were being created , suffered some damage and knocked over the sculpture causing several weeks of repair work to be required. In the following weeks the damaged roof was replaced requiring Chris to not only work to recover from the flood but he had to rebuild the studio itself. Unbelievably, only 2 months later on March 28, 2020 the studio was hit with a second and more devastating flood when over 4' of water destroyed the completed sculpture and washed away or destroyed over 75% of the supplies and equipment necessary to continue the project.
Without the support of people like yourself, this much anticipated project will not continue. Please don't let this happen! We need your help to continue our mission of cultural reclaimation and to continue the education of the struggles and triumphs of the people of Kaua'i and telling the story of their heritage through world class collections, exhibits, archives and artworks.
For more information and a short video explaining the project please visit:: https://youtu.be/j9hHTIy5vwQ
Please help us by donating, starting a campaign of your own or sharing our page and story on social media!
Staff, Kaua'i Museum