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Beautiful Vintage Polynesian-Hawaiian Head Bust

Updated on October 14, 2015
Here is a lovely vintage Polynesian-Hawaiian young girl head bust from the 1960s by an artist in Hawaii. She is a beauty with long black hair adorned with two pretty soft red hibiscus flowers along one side of her head.
Here is a lovely vintage Polynesian-Hawaiian young girl head bust from the 1960s by an artist in Hawaii. She is a beauty with long black hair adorned with two pretty soft red hibiscus flowers along one side of her head.

Here is a lovely vintage Polynesian-Hawaiian young girl head bust from the 1960s by an artist in Hawaii. She is a beauty with long black hair adorned with two pretty soft red hibiscus flowers along one side of her head. Her lips are a flesh tone. This is a beautiful example of a handmade, and made in Hawaii Polynesian girl head bust. She is about eight inches tall, and is much like the Marwai type Polynesian busts of that era. She is made of fine porcelain and there are no chips or cracks. She has the most remarkable serine and stately pose, and she is exquisitely hand painted by a local Hawaiian artist. These mid-century Polynesian bust are now highly sought after by people using modernist Danish Modern Hawaiian tiki d├ęcor. She really makes a beautiful statement, and this one of a kind bust is a great find. These older Hawaiian Holland type molds are become very rare these days as more people are starting to collect these items for their collections.

Made in Hawaii, Hawaiian Head Bust, Arthur Lyman Yellow Bird.

About the Artist Kaikane Mahelona.

Kaikane Mahelona born 1901 at Lahaina Hawaii and died in 1997 in Oahu Hawaii is one of, if not the most important 1950s Polynesian-Hawaiian bust artist in Hawaii of his day. His artistic contributions to the state of Hawaii and its cultural life and heritage should not be underestimated. Kaikane deserves our deepest appreciation and respect and so much of his work is admired without anyone knowing they have a true masterpiece before them. Kaikane Mahelona is known for his dedication and commitment to enriching our lives with the history of the Polynesian culture with his work. He could breath live into the artwork whatever he was working on at the time, but his head bust and works in clay are remarkable.

She has the most Serine and Stately Pose

She is about eight inches tall, and is much like the Marwai type Polynesian busts of that era. She is made of fine porcelain and there are no chips or cracks.
She is about eight inches tall, and is much like the Marwai type Polynesian busts of that era. She is made of fine porcelain and there are no chips or cracks.

The Flower on this Beautiful Bust is a Red Hibiscus

The flower on this beautiful bust is a red hibiscus, and rightly so it should be one. The women of Hawaii have always loved wearing hibiscus flowers the red ones seems to be the color most seen on the Islands of Hawaii. But there are many shades of hibiscus flowers rich in color. The red blooms are so common in the South Pacific and throughout most of the warmer regions of the world. Red hibiscus is the state flower of the Hawaiian Islands and is believed to be the ancestor of all hibiscuses know today. That single red bloom of the Hawaiian hibiscus flower has emerged in modern times as a symbol of the Islands; and is also an emblem of the love of the Hawaiian peoples.

The women of Hawaii have always loved wearing hibiscus flowers.

Red hibiscus is the state flower of the Hawaiian Islands and is believed to be the ancestral of all hibiscuses know today. That single red bloom of the Hawaiian hibiscus flower has emerged in modern times as a symbol of the Islands; and is also an em
Red hibiscus is the state flower of the Hawaiian Islands and is believed to be the ancestral of all hibiscuses know today. That single red bloom of the Hawaiian hibiscus flower has emerged in modern times as a symbol of the Islands; and is also an em

Mahelona grew up in the Rich Culture of the Hawaiian People

The beautiful Polynesian women and handsome men of the Hawaiian Islands were usually the subject of these busts. Mahelona's mother taught native girls the mysteries of the Hula.
The beautiful Polynesian women and handsome men of the Hawaiian Islands were usually the subject of these busts. Mahelona's mother taught native girls the mysteries of the Hula.

Hawaii is an Old and Artistically Rich Culture.

The Hawaiian bust that was made during this era shows the beauty of the native population and that the Polynesian people consist of various ethnic groups that make up the Hawaiian homeland. Polynesians are believed to have first reached the island they named Hawaii by outrigger canoe as early as four hundred years after the death of Christ. A second wave of Polynesian setters followed in the 9th or 10th century. So this is an old and artistically rich culture on these islands as show in the rich detail of this Hawaiian made bust.

She is a beauty with long black hair adorned with two pretty soft red hibiscus flowers along one side of her head. Her lips are a flesh tone. This is a beautiful example of a handmade, and made in Hawaii Polynesian girl head bust.
She is a beauty with long black hair adorned with two pretty soft red hibiscus flowers along one side of her head. Her lips are a flesh tone. This is a beautiful example of a handmade, and made in Hawaii Polynesian girl head bust.

The artist of Hawaii became masters of making head busts.

The artist of Hawaii became masters of making head busts. These wonderfully sculpted or cast representations of the people of the Islands became popular right after World War Two. The beautiful Polynesian women and handsome men of the Hawaiian Islands were usually the subject of these busts. The head bust showed the upper part of the human figure in bright native dress and usually with flowers of the Islands.

She really makes a beautiful statement, and this one of a kind bust is a great find. These older Hawaiian Holland type molds are become very rare these days as more people are starting to collect these items for their collections.
She really makes a beautiful statement, and this one of a kind bust is a great find. These older Hawaiian Holland type molds are become very rare these days as more people are starting to collect these items for their collections.

Kaikane Mahelona Started Designing Head Busts in 1932

Kaikane Mahelona started designing and working with head busts in 1932. He first worked only in wood. Kaikane was well known for his ceremonial mask that he made and sold to the tourist back in those days. He made his first ceramic Hawaiian head bust in the year 1938. His first mold of a porcelain head bust was made in 1940; it was a very remarkable Hawaiian or Polynesian girl with the Hibiscus flower in her hair, this soon became a standard form on the Island to sell to tourist. Kaikane Mahelona used a special mixture of porcelain known only on Hawaii in his ceramic material with a finer power clay material made by a special heating process that had a less glassy finish and was more porous so the paint would absorb more evenly on the bust.

She is made of fine porcelain and there are no chips or cracks. She has the most remarkable serine and stately pose, and she is exquisitely hand painted by a local Hawaiian artist.
She is made of fine porcelain and there are no chips or cracks. She has the most remarkable serine and stately pose, and she is exquisitely hand painted by a local Hawaiian artist.

The Peoples of Hawaii are Great Lovers of Beauty

Hawaiian head bust became very popular in the 1950s.

With such beautiful subject matter, it is no wonder these Hawaiian head bust became very popular in the 1950s and the1960s, and are very collectable today.
With such beautiful subject matter, it is no wonder these Hawaiian head bust became very popular in the 1950s and the1960s, and are very collectable today.

Kaikane said his Mother was the inspiration for his Bust.

In the photo above is Kaikane Mahelona mother. He said his mother who was a Hawaiian native and a gifted Hawaii Hula story dance teacher was the inspiration for his bust.
In the photo above is Kaikane Mahelona mother. He said his mother who was a Hawaiian native and a gifted Hawaii Hula story dance teacher was the inspiration for his bust.

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    • tod56 profile image

      tod56 

      3 years ago

      Nice find she is very pretty.

    • SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image

      Sanjay Sharma 

      3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice tribute to a beautiful head bust.

    • Burke Mathes profile image

      Burke Mathes 

      3 years ago

      She is very pretty, great find from the good old days. I remember there were many talented artists making these bust back in the 1950s and 60s in Hawaii, the Islands tourists loved them. Shame all that is gone, now everything is made in Asia.

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