The ‘KAI’ of Ching

  • Courtesy Kilauea Point Natural History Association

    The Kilauea Point Natural History Association is partnering with renowned Hawaii nature artist Patrick Ching to present the “KAI” Ocean Art Show 2019.

KILAUEA — Kilauea Point Natural History Association is partnering with renowned Hawaii nature artist Patrick Ching to present the “KAI” Ocean Art Show 2019.

Since 2014, Patrick Ching has presented an annual “KAI” Ocean Art Show. Through these events, he creates several paintings live for attendees to experience throughout the show and the original pieces of art are then sold via online auction. This year, proceeds will support KPNHA.

“We are so honored to work with Patrick Ching once again this year,” said Thomas Daubert, KPNHA executive director. “Through this year’s event, we hope to recover some of the revenue lost during the recent partial government shutdown, which affected our ability to support all of the amazing conservation and educational work conducted by our colleagues at the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex.”

“KAI” Ocean Art Show 2019 will run through March 9 at the Visitor Center and Nature Store at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, guests can view the paintings being produced, meet Ching, and purchase autographed art, prints and books. Refuge admission is $10 for adults 16 and older while children under 16 are free.

Ching was a ranger at Kilauea Point NWR in the 1980s and 90s. The “KAI” Ocean Art Shows have been among the largest fundraising contributors to KPNHA over the years.

Supporters can view finished pieces and place a bid at www.icollector.com, listed under Patrick Ching or KAI Ocean Art Show.

Throughout the show, Patrick will continue painting in the evenings at the Patrick Ching Art Gallery in the Princeville Center.

On Saturday. KPNHA and Patrick Ching will co-host a whale painting workshop at Kilauea Point NWR. The cost is $125. To register, visit kilaueapoint.org.

The “KAI” Ocean Art Show will conclude with a reception on Saturday, March 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anaina Hou Community Park, in Kilauea.

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