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C. Tolpo Portrait Hawai'i State Governor     C.Tolpo Portrait Art by Carolyn Tolpo Smith    


John Burns, served as the delegate for the Territory of Hawai‘i to the United States House of Representatives from 1957 – 1959 during which time he lobbied for Hawai‘i’s statehood.  In 1962, John Burns became Hawai‘i’s second governor.

Hawai'i State CapitolThe spectacular contemporary architecture of the Hawai'i State Capitol was constructed and completed during the Burns administration.  At the Hawai'i State Capitol, all the State Governor portraits are on public display in the Chamber of the Governor public office on the 5th floor, shown in art by C.Tolpo, the Governor John A. Burns Hawai'i State portrait. 

Hawai'i State Governor Portraits Chamber of Governor Public Office 

Honorable Governor John A. Burns State of Hawai'i  (1962-1974)     

In the Chamber of the Governor public office (where most news conferences are held) Hawai'i State art portraits grace the Koa wood walls on opposite sides of the room. As you view the portraits going around the room, they are in chronological order of when the governors served the State of Hawai'i. The repectfully roped Ceremonial room, pictured here, still welcomes public viewing of six more that ring the room with the most recent official Governor portrait paintings.


C.Tolpo Portrait First Hawai'i Woman Minister

First Woman Minister in Hawai'i  (1925) "Mother Alice"

The Hawai'ian word for minister is "Kahu" and over time people came to call her Mother Alice, a lot easier than, " The Reverend Mrs. Alice Rosehill Kahokuoluna" or even, " Kahu Kahokuoluna." The first Hawai'ian woman and first woman ordained minister in the islands was pastor for the historic Wananalua Congregational Church, National Register of Historic Places.  Founded in 1838, the church is located in Hana, Maui, where Mother Alice road horseback to her parishes. She wears her riding

C. Tolpo Portrait First Korean-American USA State Chief Justice

habit here, as seen on view at the church, depicted in the art by C. Tolpo portrait by Carolyn Tolpo Smith.


  Reverend Mrs. AliceRosehill Kahokuoluna     


First Korean-American to Serve USA

State Supreme Court   (1993 - 2010)    

Ali'iolani Hale, Hawai'i State Judiciary, historic architecture listed on the  National Register of Historic Places, was one of the first buildings in the world made of concrete, 1872 cornerstone laid.   Its clock tower still stands watch, telling time at the twenty-first century and is shown in the background of this painting.  The King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center houses the Judiciary History Museum within the very walls where history was made.  

C.Tolpo State Portrait Hawai'i Judiciary History Center


Chief Justice Ronald T.Y.Moon,  Hawai'i Supreme Court 

The engaging interior includes museum educational films and exhibits as well as public display of the Hawai'i Chief Justices portraits, this art by C.Tolpo State portrait by Carolyn Tolpo Smith as seen in the Center theater display in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Artist Words:  Art by C. Tolpo - Hawai'i State Chief Justice Portrait 

by Carolyn Tolpo Smith

Chief Justice Ronald T.Y.Moon,  Hawai'i Supreme Court   Oil on Linen 

Outside the historic Ali'iolani Hale, one of the oldest govemment buildings in Hawai’i, Chief Justice Ronald T. Y. Moon, stands, pictured in the light of a typical sunny Hawai'ian day. An exterior view of the Judiciary Building, features the clock tower, keeping watch from the top of the painting. The depicted interior door divides the private office of the Chief Justice and the Hawai’i Supreme Court chamber where Justices meet between court sessions.

A Hawai’ian meaning of the word, "Hawai’i" provided inspiration for parts of the painting:

The first phonetic syllable, "Ha" means: to breath, representing the air or breath of life. The canvas upper portion links to this meaning, painted airy and attmospheric.

The second phonetic syllable, "wai" means: liquid, representing water or fluid-flow in life. This meaning speaks from the ocean blue colors, painted sometimes flowing deep, sometimes dripping.

The last phonetic syllable, "i’i" means: to gather, or understand, and links to the spirit within. A tangible reference representing ancient Hawai’ian philosophical understanding appears on canvas in volcanic land, or " 'Aina" paint mixture that shares the visual space beside one robe sleeve.

Like the many textures and colors on the canvas surface, the population of contemporary Hawai’i is varied and includes many Asians - Chief Justice Moon, of Korean ancestry. Asian philosophy links with the painted Yin-Yang symbol, suggested on the door knob, that recognizes the balance of life forces.


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