The Manaseris lived in Hawaii for seven years, and plein air painting became a passion there. Here are shared scenes from those years in the "Sandwich Isles"
This large oil (24 X 60) was the central image for my previous website, manaserigallery.com. It depicts the view from our Pahoa home on the Puna coast of the Big Island where it hung prominently in our living room.
Haleiwa Harbor ( 7 x 14 Oil) This was painted on a morning too rainy to do anything but enjoy breakfast and make note of the scene for later reference.
North Shore Wave ( 8 x 10 Oil) The wind caught this canvas while it was still wet, and so I brought home some of the actual sand from the beach at the bottom right, where it is preserved to this day.
Honolulu Harbor ( 16 x 20 Oil) This scene looks inland from Magic island and shows the influence of the affluence of modern Honolulu.
Makapu'u Light (16 x 20 Oil plein air) This painting was done while Holly attended a wedding shower off the eastern (windward) side of Oahu.
Shark's Cove Sunset ( 11 X 14 Watercolor) This image captures the setting sun off the North Shore community of Shark's Cove, just north of Waimea Bay.
Pineapple Fields Forever ) 16 x 20 Oil, plein air) The could shadows danced invitingly on the mountain side on the back road to Haleiwa, near the Dole Plantation.
Red Canoes ( 11 X 14 Oil, plying air) The beach across from Jameson's restaurant in Haleiwa was one of our favorite spots. It was often littered with the racing canoes from local schools and clubs. The red canoes belonged to Kahuku High School.
Mokeleia Tiki ( 16 X 30 watercolor). Our weekly trip to the beach by the airfield saw us pass this large handsome hand-carved tiki for sale alongside the road. It begged to be painted.
On the Rocks ( 12 X 12 Oil) This image depicts Hale Pukana La, our home in Hawaiian Beaches, and the huge rocks that were our front yard by the ocean from the park next door.
Rock Solid ) 12 X 12 Oil) This image, displayed at the East Hawaii Contemporary Art Museum's open show, depicts one of the large lava holders that festooned our ocean front.
Ready to Race ( 12 x 24 Oil). These canoes were "parked" on the beach near Jameson's in Haleiwa looking ready for their next regatta.
Lonesome La'ia Point ( 12 X 24 oil). Holly contemplates the power of the ocean on a windy day visiting La'ie Point, where the waves have carved a hole in the barrier rocks.
Our House ( 12 X 36 Oil). This image captures the constantly crashing waves and always blowing ocean gusts that greeted us daily in Puna, and our home before we painted it.
Sea Gazing ( 5 X 7 Watercolor) Holly watching waves from the beachfront at one of the resorts on the west side of the Big Island.
Red Road Rocks ( 14 X 22 Oil) Our daily walks down the Old Government Road in the jungles of Pahoa had us pass these twin rocks off shore from between the ironwoods above the sea.
Mokulea Ironwood ( 8 X 10 Oil en plein air) Looking makai from the beach at the airstrip where we often had the ocean to ourselves. The constant easterly winds shaped the hardwood like a natural bonsai.
Puna Sunrise ( 8 X 10 Oil) This is a scene we witnessed daily from the front yard of our home in Hawaiian Beaches, big waves and a wide horizon.
Under Repair ( 11 X 14 Oil, en plein air) A scene from the Haleiwa Board Harbor, now in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Rodwell, designer of UH's STAR system.
Guard Station ( 8 X 10 oil, en plein air) Occasionally we would visit the windward side where the white sand beach at Lanikai displayed a different palette than other parts of the island.
Wild Hawaiian Rose ( 5 X 7 Oil) This image is of one of the many lovely wildflowers that would punctuate our walks in Puna.
Hibiscus ( 12 X 16 watercolor) This is perhaps the most popular plant in Hawaii, a flowering bush that we planted in our front yard in Pahoa (more than once thanks to the salt air.)
Kailua Cats ( 16 x 20 watercolor) This image of the Hobie Cats at Kailua Beach is now in the collection of Dr. and Dr. Peter Quigley.
Anthurium ( 12 X 16 watercolor)
The anthurium was our favorite Hawaiian flower, prolific on the Big Island, particularly on the Hilo side.
Early Morning Shadows ( 8 x 10 oil en plein air) We were on the beach before the lifeguards at Ali'i Beach Park in Haleiwa this morning.
High Surf Warning ( 8 X 10 Oil en plein air) Looking west toward the Jumping Off Point on Oahu one balmy, breezy morning.
Diamond Head Light from Shore ( 8 x 24 oil en plein air) We hiked down to the shoreline to capture this view of the Diamond Head light, and shared the beach with Monk Seals and surfers.
Mount Ka'ala ( 12 X 36 Oil) Cloud shadows and sunlight streaked stunningly across the big valley that leads to Haleiwa Town along this much-travelled back road.
Patched ( 11 x 14 oil en plein air) One of the rare double-outriggers on the beach at Jameson's.
Covered ( 16 X 20 oil en plein air) An early work in Haleiwa ( you can tell by the small tree on the shore that was later cut down.)
Waiting for the Guard ( 9 X 12 Oil en plein air). The guard house at Ali'i Beach park was still bathed in early morning shadows this Sunday.
Outrigger ( 11 x 14 oil en plein air) This image has shown up unsolicitedly on the internet. Apparently it is appealing and evokes a sense of place for the islands.
Birthing Stone ( 24 X 26 oil) This image depicts one of the large "birthing stones" near Wahiwa where the ali'i were rumored to give birth to future chiefs. It's a Stonehenge-like sacred area.
Mokule'ia Beach ( 16 x 20 en plein air) Ironwood trees line the beach looking toward Kaena Point in this plein air piece.