Product DescriptionMini Prints are a signed, open edition printed on archival paper. *Limited Edition Giclees are available in Medium on a archival paper (shipped flat) and in Large and Extra Large on canvas (shipped rolled). (*500 print edition in each size, plus 50 artist’s proofs and 50 printer’s proofs)
In the spring of 2005 the Hawaii Visitor Bureau commissioned Kathy Long to do an image that would be used for a poster to promote the Big Island and help people around the world recognize that Hawaii is special. Many places in the world have warm skies and wide beaches, but only Hawaii, has the Hawaiian people and their unique culture.
That year the World Expo was being held in Aichi, Japan. They were expecting 15 million people to attend, but an astounding 22 million came. Amongst them were the members of 60 Japanese Hula Halau (Hula Groups) who were coming to perform on the giant outdoor stage at the center of the Expo. The Big Island wanted to thank the dancers for sharing the love of the hula and helping to spread Aloha around the world by giving each halau a framed copy of the painting. The artist went along to present the images herself and add her personal thanks to the ceremonies. It was a memorable week, full of unbelievable scenes of over one hundred dancers performing at a time, many tears and many hugs.
The image, “Hula Sisters”, depicts three of Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap’s dancers each facing a different compass point, doing an oli aloha, welcoming their hula “sisters” from all over the world to the Big Island, where the Hula was born.