Kai Ocean Art Show is open

HANALEI — Art is once again taking over the Historic Ching Young Store in Hanalei for the next month during the fifth annual Kai Ocean Art Show, which runs through March 18.

“On Friday, the opening of our show, we (had) a get-together and people (could) come see 10 canvases getting started,” said Patrick Ching, the artist who developed the show.

Over the next month, those 10 canvases will be transformed and people get to watch — either in person or online via a live stream video — as he works.

There are also opportunities to put your own touches on Ching’s original paintings, as well as art classes and community events peppered throughout the show.

An auction also accompanies the show and people can bid on their favorites. Bidding ends March 18; there will be a final reception in Hanalei that night.

“People can bid anywhere in the world,” Ching said. “It’s a very successful type of art show that we’ve developed.”

Part of the money raised with the Kai Ocean Art Show goes to the Kilauea Point Natural History Association, the educational nonprofit organization connected to the Kilauea Point Lighthouse.

Ching was a wildlife ranger at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in the 1980s and ‘90s. He has also worked in Hawaii’s remote islands with sea turtles and monk seals.

He’s also the author of several wildlife books and teaches art internationally.

The Kai Ocean Art Show will be held in the Historic Ching Young Store, next to L&L, in the Ching Young Village Shopping Center.

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