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4736Re: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Aunty Pinau

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    Oct 3 5:01 PM
      I'm waiting on a reply from the Librarian at the Univ. of Hawaii that I chatted
      with last night. Lets see what they come up with. I've been into the Hitchcock
      website but didn't email with anyone about Aunty Pinau. I have a very bad
      internet photo of the painting. Maybe someone like Keith could photoshop it and
      bring up the clarity. I have many emails out right now seeking info. If we
      come up dry again, then I think maybe we could write an article to be placed
      into newspapers on Maui and Oahu seeking relatives and information about her.
      I'll give it another week though. I'd sure like to close the book on her

      From: Cadia <duchess@...>
      To: aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wed, October 3, 2012 4:50:23 PM
      Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Aunty Pinau

      Hello, TJ . . .

      Perhaps you already have the following information about the sale of Hitchcock's


      Very important, signed original oil by much sought after and collected Hawaiian
      artist D. Howard Hitchcock 1861 - 1943. Very unusual portrait of 'Aunty Pinau'.
      Kalaukalani, (Aunty) Pinau (died 1935) was a local Hawaiian personality around
      the turn of the century, friend to many of the local artists, entertainers and
      writers, she is referred to and written about in early publications by Don
      Blanding, among others. Image size 12 x 16; 19 1/2 x 23 1/2 vintage frame
      titled: 'Auntie Pinau' on reverse. A very rare offering at a much lower than
      usual price. Nearly 100 years old but still excellent condition!

      We will include the childs book Aunty Pinau's Banyan Tree just for fun.

      Item # 2473

      Don Blanding's tribute to Aunty Pinau, upon hearing of her death, was published
      in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on June 11, 1935. Since he was on the mainland at
      the time, I would imagine she had passed away sometime in late May or very early
      June. Aunty Pinau died in Honolulu, where she had been a much-loved a lei
      seller for many years. I know of no connection to Maui.

      If you do not have access to the Hawaii Newspaper Index (1929 and onward) bound
      volumes, I believe at least part of it is now online via the Hawaii State
      Library. You can, of course, contact someone at the library's Hawaii Room or
      Serials Department; they will be very happy to fax,e-mail or mail information to
      you. They charge for research time and photocopies, but all you really need to
      find out is if Aunty Pinau is mentioned in the index (1929-1935 only) aside from
      the Blanding tribute.

      There's also a fairly good Wikipedia article on D. Howard Hitchcock.

      You might also search for the surname Kalaukalani in the U.S. census for 1900,
      1910, 1920 and 1930 to determine if and when Aunty Pinau lived on Maui.

      In all my microfilm reading, the only reference to Aunty Pinau that I came
      across is the 1935 tribute; I certainly went looking for an obit when I
      retrieved the item some years ago. For $10, you can order a copy of a Hawaii
      death certificate from the Department of Health at 1250 Punchbowl Street in
      Honolulu. The online form is for a certified copy but a letter request for a
      "genealogy" copy is sufficient.


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