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@...
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
1920s HOWARD HITCHCOCK OIL PAINTING of AUNTY PINAU
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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