Historical society Royal Pa‘ina tomorrow

Tomorrow, three luxury items will be offered in a live auction at the Kaua‘i Historical Society annual Royal Pa‘ina, with bids starting at a fraction of the items’ value. They have been donated in order to help the Kaua‘i Historical Society carry out its mission of preserving and perpetuating the oral and written history of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.

The pa‘ina to be held at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club includes a silent auction, dinner, and a Hawaiian music program featuring three of Hawai‘i’s best-loved singers: Nina Kealiiwahamana Rapozo, Mahi Beamer, and Palani Vaughan.

The items in the silent auction have unique ties to Kaua‘i.

The first is a print of a painting depicting a historic event on Kaua‘i.

Marine historian and artist Raymond A. Massey painted a detailed scene of the “Pride of Hawai‘i,” Kamehameha II’s royal yacht, entering Hanalei Bay in 1821. Kaua‘i’s King Kaumuali‘i sailed around the island with Kamehameha, who wined and dined Kaumuali‘i and then surreptitiously sailed for O‘ahu. Kaumuali‘i was never allowed to return to Kaua‘i.

Fred and Carol von Wiegen, owners of Ship Store Galleries in the Coconut Marketplace, offer originals and fine prints of Massey’s works and have donated prints to the Kaua‘i Historical Society annual fund-raisers for many years. This year’s donation, depicting the “Pride of Hawai‘i”, is a signed and numbered lithograph, 31-1/4 inches by 34-1/2 inches, linen matted with gold filets, and framed in solid koa. This fine art piece, rich in color, details and history, will become the highlight of an art collection.

Another item with a unique Kaua‘i history is a sink from the Coco Palms Resort made from a giant clamshell. The shell sinks were among the signature decorative accents that famed owner Grace Guslander selected for her tropical resort. Many former guests and staff have fond memories of the unique ambiance and hospitality of the Coco Palms. The current owners, represented by Maryanne Kusaka, have donated the sink to the Kaua‘i Historical Society so that someone can treasure a bit of Kaua‘i history.

The third item is from Robin Savage and Savage Pearls. They have donated jewelry with Tahitian black pearls, including a modern lariat-style necklace with a single large pearl drop. The Tahitian black pearl is 11.6 mm on a custom-made 14k yellow gold and sterling silver chain. The earring studs feature 8 mm round pearls.

Whatever the winning bid, the proceeds go to a good cause.

Early in the evening, preview cuts of “Preserving Hawaiian Backyard Music,” a video documentary being produced by the Kaua‘i Historical Society, will be projected. The video features music and interviews of several Kaua‘i groups.

Tickets are still available for the Royal Pa‘ina tomorrow at the Kauai Marriott and Beach Club at Kalapaki, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., for an evening of Hawaiian music, dinner, the silent auction, the live auction, and dancing.


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