Avi Kiriaty, though not born in Hawaii, certainly has captured the soul of the Hawaiian landscape and peoples. He was born in
in 1957 but his journey through life has taken him from the Israeli Army, to a Israel Greek Island,
to a winter cottage in .
Following the birth of his daughter Keytoe, Avi moved to New Hampshire . His first year was spent on Hawaii Kauai, where he experimented for a time with oil
painting. From there he moved to the eastern side of the Big
Island, to begin to live “ kama‘aina” with the land, farming and fishing. His son,
Jazz, was born here on an old Hawaiian homestead. Avi then moved to the Puna
Rainforest and began to live the life of an “artist”.
|Father Damien of Molokai|
Here in Waimea, I visited the local museum and saw some of his paintings- colors amazing! I could write a blog just on this museum but... the director is the aunt of my sheep shearer on Orcas Island, and one of the artists in the permanent collection is the great uncle of our closest neighbor on Shaw. Small world!