King Kalākaua Bronze Bust by Allen Ipo Auwae
Allen Ipo Auwae was born in Hilo (Keaukaha) on the Big Island of Hawaii. Allen is the fourteenth of sixteen children born to Henry Allen Auwae of Kohala and Agnes (Kela) Auwae of Puna, also on the Big Island. Primarily figurative and portraiture, Allen is an artist who creates fine arts in bronze. He has a body of sculpture work that captures a unique perspective on Hawaiian cultural art with his message caught in a moment of time.
King David Kalākaua was the last king of Hawaii and he ruled from 1874 to 1891. He was actually elected to his position by the Hawaiian (at that time) legislature after the last of the Kamehameha kings died . He married Kapi’olani Napelakapuokaka’e daughter of High Chief Kalaniana’ole of Hilo and and High Chiefess Kinoiki Kekaulike of Kauaʻi. The two remained childless so Kapiolani brought Jonah Kuhio and his brothers into the royal lineage via the tradition of “hanai” and Kalākaua made them princes.