"Akekee" (Kauai Akepa)
Based upon the original by Frederick W. Frohawk, 1890-99
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2014
This detailed reproduction was originally published 1890, for Ave Hawaiienses: The Birds of the Sandwich Islands. Issued in installments, the book was illustrated by Frederick W. Frohawk, with text by Scott Wilson and A.H. Evans. Their beautifully hand-colored lithographs were to become the definitive ornithological guide to the birds of the Hawaiian Islands.
Frohawk was born in Norfolk, England in 1861. He began his lengthy and successful career at the age of 20 when he was appointed zoological artist to The Field, a prestigious naturalist magazine of the time. A talented and prolific artist, Frohawk worked in a variety of media including oils, watercolors, and pencils, and was also an accomplished lithographer and wood engraver. His knowledge of bird biology is reflected in his extremely lifelike paintings and illustrations.
Shown here is one of his finest Hawaiian specimens. Sadly, it's estimated that 30% of native Hawaiian bird species are now extinct, while another 30% are endangered.
We custom-print this facsimile on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.