JUNE 21, 1928


Born in Marshfield, Minnesota, Kāne was raised on the Big Island. After serving in the Navy, he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned a Master’s degree in 1953 from University of Chicago, and had an advertising studio in Chicago. Researching Hawaiian canoes, Kāne produced a series of Polynesian canoe paintings purchased in 1969 by the Hawaiʻi State Foundation of Culture and the Arts that have appeared on postage stamps of the U.S. and other Pacific nations. His painting of the goddess Pele is at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kāne’s Polynesian canoe research also led to his participation in the Polynesian Voyaging Society. He designed, helped build, and was the first captain of the Hokule’a which has traditionally navigated over 110,000 miles. Kāne authored and illustrated Pele, Goddess of Hawaii’s Volcanoes (1987), Voyagers (1991), and Ancient Hawaii August, (1998). Selected as a Living Treasure of Hawaii in 1984, Kāne died March 8, 2011, in South Kona, Hawai’i.

Source:  Gregg K. Kakesako, Gary Kubota, Gary (March 9, 2011). "Artist Herb Kane dies at age 82". Honolulu Star Advertiser. Honolulu, Hawaii: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 3/9/2001.  Retrieved 5/18/2020, https://web.archive.org/web/20110803094825/http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/Artist_Herb_Kane_dies.html
Photo:  Lehua Kane, undated.  Permissive Use.

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