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Work of John and Kate Kelly highlight an exhibition on hula at the Downtown Art Center

  • COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE
                                Kate Kelly took hundreds of photos documenting life in a fishing village near her Black Point home. Here, her close friend Kilikina Makaloa plays ukulele for a dancer.

    COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE

    Kate Kelly took hundreds of photos documenting life in a fishing village near her Black Point home. Here, her close friend Kilikina Makaloa plays ukulele for a dancer.

  • COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE
                                “Dancing Girl” by John Kelly.

    COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE

    “Dancing Girl” by John Kelly.

  • COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE
                                Kate and John Kelly

    COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE

    Kate and John Kelly

  • COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE
                                “Girl With Basket,” by Nancy Vilhauer, one of the pieces on display at “Ho‘opuku — To Emerge: The Love of Hula,” opening Tuesday at the Downtown Art Center.

    COURTESY THE JOHN AND KATE KELLY ESTATE

    “Girl With Basket,” by Nancy Vilhauer, one of the pieces on display at “Ho‘opuku — To Emerge: The Love of Hula,” opening Tuesday at the Downtown Art Center.

The artwork of John Kelly ­radiates with warmth — a warmth in the images ­themselves, which have a glow reminiscent of the Dutch masters, but also in the feelings for the people he portrayed, many of whom were neighbors from a nearby Hawaiian fishing village. Read more

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