Fine Art Collection
Historically many national parks have attracted artists due to their spectacular scenery. Over the years, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has accumulated a significant collection of art depicting its natural and cultural resources.
The types of artworks in this collection include watercolors, pen and ink drawings, pastels, oil paintings, photographs, and prints.
Beginning with the Volcano School of painting(1880-1890) to the present day, many notable artists are represented in the fine art collection.
Artworks from the park's collection can be seen displayed at the Kīlauea Visitor Center, Volcano House sm, and the Volcano Art Center.
Conservation treatments of the artworks is often required to ensure their longevity. A painting by D. Howard Hitchcock on the 1877 Volcano House sm fireplace (now the Volcano Art Center) is an example of conservation efforts.
Did You Know?
`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.