Patrick Ching Hawaiian Art
- Hawaiian Fine Art
- Akaka Falls ‘I‘iwi
Inspiration: Famous Akaka Falls, in the area of Honomu in the Hilo district of the Big Island, is the backdrop for this painting. The scarlet-colored Hawaiian Honeycreeper called I’iwi is the bird featured next to the blossoming Lehua flower of the Ohi’a tree. In the distance are white-tailed tropicbirds known as Koa’e Kea. This painting also features Polynesian introduced plants such as the ti and breadfruit.
Inspiration: Patrick Ching's original oil painting featuring the crested honeycreeper or 'Akohekohe. Presently this bird exists only at high elevations on the Island of Maui. It is one of the larger Hawaiian honeycreepers and aggressively defends the nectar of its favorite lehua blossoms.
Inspiration: The Hawaiian Crow is called 'Alala in Hawaiian. Literally 'Alala means "to cry out loud." Unlike most crows the 'Alala is very rare and critically endangered of becoming extinct. There are only a few dozen of them left; most of which are in a captive breeding facility in Olinda, Maui. The 'Alala once inhabited all the main Hawaiian Islands and is now only found on the Big Island of Hawaii.The 'Alala is an intelligent bird and in ancient times was sometimes kept as a pet.
- Aloha Ahiahi
Inspiration: Inspired by a Kona sunset, this oil painting by Patrick Ching, entitled Aloha Ahiahi or "Good Evening" features a herd of horses silhouetted against a fiery sunset sky. A pair of young colts seem especially ecstatic about the glorious colors and kick up their hocks to celebrate The Hawaiian word ahi refers to fire or colors of fire which signal the arrival of evening.
- Aqua Shoals
Inspiration: Over the atolls of the archipelago, my favorite colors emerge from the sea. Aqua and turquoise fade into the blue as fingers of reef reach into the deep.
Inspiration: The honu is an important entity in Hawaiian culture. Some families revered it as a family guardian or 'Aumakua. To these families the honu is not only a protector, but also the embodiment of their ancestors. The honu gets its common name Green Sea Turtle, not for the color of its shell, but for the color of its body fat which is green due to the turtles' vegetarian diet. Once a popular food item, in Hawaii green turtles are now protected by law.
- Art Frog Collector's Print
Inspiration: What if you had an autographed copy of the original Mickey Mouse cartoon? Or how about Snoopy? Well, here's your chance to get a signed copy of Patrick Ching's first ART FROG Logo Design. These matted prints and Gicle'e reproductions are signed and dated in permanent ink right on the actual art (not the mat).
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- Azure Shoals
Inspiration: Emerging aqua blues and greens spotted with coral reef and waves. More...
- Beach Candy
Inspiration: Putting my sight in the eye of a bird, I hovered above the beach fronting the Moana. Endless waves of energy rolled in - exciting, rejuvenating, healing. People and playthings sprinkled with color like candy on an ocean cake. Which one are you?
- Bellows Inlet
Inspiration: Bellows Inlet is an image painted at the northern end of Waimanalo Bay on the island of 'Oahu. Bellows Beach is part of Bellows Airfield, a military base which is also a popular campsite used by current and retired military personnel. The tide pushes inland through a jetty that becomes a river in times of rain. In the foreground migratory shorebirds called Ruddy Turnstones or 'akekeke search for morsels such as small crabs and fish.
- Big Blue
Inspiration: The Big Blue Parrotfish called Uhu in Hawaiian is a symbol of prosperity. Indeed a fisherman who brings one home is hailed by the village as a master provider. In this painting the uhu exists in its naturally colorful world within the reef. The background is done in a mosaic style depicting the glimmering light that dances beneath the sea.
- Bird of Paradise
Inspiration: Amazing colors of this tropical beauty. No two are the same. The Bird of Paradise plant was introduced to Hawaii as an ornamental plant. It can be seen regularly in yards and landscapes throughout the islands.
- Birds of Paradise
Inspiration: Most of us know of the Bird of Paradise flower. But not many are familiar with the airplane of the same name that made the first flight between North America and Hawaii. With their navigation devices malfunctioned and guiding by the stars, the pilots overshot their destination on Oahu and were heading past the main Hawaiian Islands. In the lower horizon, they saw the steadily blinking flash of the Kilauea Lighthouse. They recalculated their course and landed safely at Schofield field on Oahu, crediting the Lighthouse with saving their mission, and their lives.
- Blue Canoe
Inspiration: This scene from the north shore of Kauai represents an important time of transition from old Hawaii to the modern age. The thatched roofs and wooden canoes are carryovers from the old, but still existed well after the introduction of paint and Ironwood trees. In the distance looms Mount Makana, bearing silent witness to both pre-contact (old) Hawaii and post-contact (after the arrival of westerners) Hawaii. The blue canoe rests beneath the long shadows of morning, while a poi dog looks out to sea.
- Brazilian Cardinals
Inspiration: What’s more than a Gazillion? Answer: A Brazilian! Actually these red crested Cardinals, also know as “Brazilian Cardinals” were introduced to Hawaii around 1930 from South America. Whenever a visitor starts to ask “Wha…” I tell them “Brazilian Cardinal” because I know they’re going to ask me “What is the bird with the red head?” The Cardinals in this painting are perched above a red hibiscus flower bush with the falls of Kilauea, Kauai in the distance. The birds were inspired by photographs by Jim Denny.
Inspiration: An enormous humpback throws itself into the air before the cliffs of Kilauea Point. More...
- Butterfly Kisses
Inspiration: Honu-Hawaii's Green Sea turtle comes to certain areas of the reef where they are kissed and cleaned by fish like this butterfly fish eating algae off of them. More...
- Canoe Lesson
Inspiration: The relationship between the keiki (child) and kupuna (elder) is a special thing. Keiki respond to kupuna differently than they do to their parents. This is half of an acrylic mural commissioned by Seagull School in west Oahu. Seagull School is a preschool and adult care center under one roof. The girl in this painting is Patrick Ching's daughter Kawena.
- Child of the Forest
Inspiration: "This is my self portrait" says artist Patrick Ching. It reminds me of myself in my mother's arms. The artist came across this sphagnum moss formation growing among the Waiwi (miniature guava) on the forest floor in Ka Mana Nui (Moanalua) Valley. "Ka Mana Nui has always been a second mother to me."
- Cloud Forest
Inspiration: In this original oil painting by Patrick Ching, the crimson 'Apapane perches beside a Lehua blossom; the nectar of which is one of its favorite foods. The 'Apapane is one of over fifty species of Hawaiian honeycreepers all believed to have evolved from a common ancestral species which colonized the islands millions of years ago.
- Cloudy Horizon
Inspiration: The Alaka'i wilderness preserve on the island of Kaua'i is the backdrop for the oil painting "Cloudy Horizon" by artist Patrick Ching. In this painting a Hawaiian honeycreeper, known as the Kaua'i 'akialoa sips nectar from the lehua blossom of the native oh'ia tree. Its long, curved bill is especially useful for extracting insect larvae from tree bark or nectar from deeply cupped flowers. This species of 'akialoa was last sighted in the late 1960s. Another species of 'akialoa previously existed on the islands of Hawai'i, O'ahu, and Lana'i.
- Coral Pallette
Inspiration: A vast selection of colors can be used to paint a Hawaiian reef. Here artist Patrick Ching chooses bright colors that can only be paled by reality.
- Coral Twist
Inspiration: Clear ocean water twists the colors of a Hawaiian reef. The vague shapes of starfish, and sea urchins ad life to the scene as light dances upon the surface.
- Cowgirl Blue
Inspiration: An oil painting by Patrick Ching entitled Cowgirl Blue. The love between a girl and her horse is one of nature's most precious miracles. This painting is dedicated to Patrick's daughter Kawena who may one day have a mountain with a big blue Appaloosa.
- Crater Hill Tropics
Inspiration: White Tailed Tropicbirds soar off Crater Hill at the Kilauea Point Wildlife refuge on Kaua’i. The view from Crater hill offers a vista of Moku’ae‘ae Island and Mokolea point which are places reserved for wildlife such as seabirds and Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene goose. Patrick Ching did this painting while he was a ranger at Kilauea point. This painting was done left handed because the artist’s right (painting hand) was broken in an equestrian accident.
- Crystal Blue
Inspiration: The crystal waters of south Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii is a perfect cooling spot on a hot Hawaiian day. A honu takes a breath as it looks at a shelf of lava rock. "I like the way the crystal water twists the shades of green and blue together" says artist Patrick Ching whose mother is from Kona.
- Crystal Paradise
Inspiration: Patrick Ching's oil painting entitled Crystal Paradise. Two Hawaiian Monk Seal pups play in a shallow lagoon on a remote Northwest Hawaiian atoll. To learn more about Hawaii's endangered monk seals look for Ching's book entitled The Hawaiian Monk Seal published by the University of Hawaii Press.
- Diamond Head Lagoon
Inspiration: The emerald colors of the shallow reef accent the Diamond Head Lighthouse.
- Diamond Head Moon
Inspiration: The moon shines down on old time Waikiki as a fisherman brings in his canoe. A fire lights up the coconut palms revealing a woman out for an evening swim. More...
- Diamond Sky
Inspiration: Iconic Diamond head Crater rests beneath a radiant sky. The emerald waters of Waikiki will beckon you in.
- Dolphin Sunset
Inspiration: Dolphins dancing in the liquid sunset with reflections of paradise in the sunset. More...
- Dreams of Paradise - (A Honu Seal Sunset)
Inspiration: There are places where Monk Seals and Sea Turtles come ashore and occasionally rest beside each other. Monk seals will snuggle up to anything as I learned the first time I slept on the beach outside my tent on Laysan Island in the Northwest Hawaiian chain. This painting was inspired by a photograph taken by George Balazs, Hawaiian sea turtle expert. The original photograph can be seen in the book I authored called The Hawaiian Monk Seal. It was a cloudy shot that I recomposed with a Honu I saw at Punalu'u Beach, Big Island, Hawaii. I painted the scene with a sunset setting. It was a great challenge to create the multi colored sunset reflections on the animals
- East Cove Boobies
Inspiration: This scene is from the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge lighthouse area looking east to the red footed booby colony on Crater Hill and beyond to the Mokolea Peninsula on the Island of Kauai. In the foreground red footed boobies are collecting chenopodium shrubs to use in nest building.
Inspiration: 'Ehukai is a horse that lives near the Hawaiian seashore. The word 'ehu is commonly used in Hawaii today to refer to ocean-bleached or reddish tinged hair. Literally 'ehu means spray or mist. Kai is the Hawaiian word for sea. 'Ehukai, in this case refers to sea spray which causes the hair bleaching of this horse that lives by the sea.
- Emerald Reef
Inspiration: A bird's eye view of a cresting wave breaking on a shallow reef.
- Emerald Tide
Inspiration: Sparkling waters of Waimanalo shine like glass on windless mornings as these. Low tide is especially beautiful, exposing the algae covered In the distance the ominous twin peaks of Mount Olomana watch over greater Waimanalo area.
- Entangled Lovers
Inspiration: Artist Patrick Ching grew up exploring the jungles of urban Oahu. "When I came across this ficus tree wrapped around a coconut palm I immediately assumed they were in love. Later I found out the ficus was strangling the palm tree. I guess that’s how lovers are sometime. This worms eye view of the entwined trees was originally done in oil paint during Ching's senior year in High School 1980. It was the top painting in the National Scholastic Arts Competition and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum.
- Flat Island
Inspiration: Flat Island, also known as Popoi'a Island, is located a quarter mile off the east end of Kailua. It rises less than ten feet above sea level. Just east of Flat Island is a popular surf spot. The emerald colored waters around Flat Island are favorite feeding grounds for Hawaii's Honu or green sea turtle. In this painting by Patrick Ching, the district of Kailua can be seen in the distance
- Fluid Grace
Inspiration: Three Hawaiian Spinner dolphins glide gracefully through the sea.
- Flying On The Edge
Inspiration: A school of spotted eagle rays flying over the shelf of a descending sand bar. A large female followed by several smaller males. More...
- Fresh Waimea Greens
Inspiration: An oil painting by Patrick Ching entitled Fresh Waimea Greens. The world famous Parker Ranch on the island of Hawaii is the setting for this painting. It features horses grazing in a fresh pasture with a historic wall of stone behind them. In the distance looms the velvety hills of Waimea and the volcanic slopes of Kohala. Ching also has a special fondness for horses,cattle, and the beauty of Waimea.
- Ginger Beach
Inspiration: A buckskin Arabian mare named Ginger inspired this painting entitled "Ginger Beach". Ginger prances at the shoreline with attitude as an emerald colored wave breaks behind her. A horse on a beach is certainly a Hawaiian dream come true.
- Ginger Bouquet
Inspiration: A splash of ginger flowers show many colors within the bouquet. Though this variety is buttery gold in color, reflections and shadows make it look like a rainbow. Inspired by a photo from Teri Waros.
- Ginger Falls
Inspiration: Hawaii is world famous for it's beautiful waterfalls such as the one in this painting entitled "Ginger Falls". The Hawaiian name for this waterfall is Luakaha. In the foreground a blossoming stalk of lovely white ginger blooms. These flowers are highly prized for their exotic scent and are often used for making p
- Glimmering Tide
Inspiration: Glimmering Tide is a scene from one of my favorite surf spots. In the foreground the leaves of the false kamani tree turn red before they fall in the winter. In the distance the coconut trees loom over a perfect wave that seems to fade into the glimmering sea.
- Green Peace
Inspiration: Patrick Ching's original oil painting entitled Green Peace. On the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands green sea turtles gather in the summer months to mate, lay eggs and bask on the warm sandy beaches. Look for this picture in Ching's book entitled HONU - Sea Turtles of Hawaii.
- Green Rows Hula
Inspiration: A play on the title of a famous Hawaiian song "Green Rose Hula", this painting features the rows of incoming waves and the surfers who dance within them.
- Guava Majiro
Inspiration: A favorite tropical fruit, the guava is a native to Central America. It grows well in Hawaii and is cherished by people and animals like this Japanese white-eye bird called "Majiro". Inspired by a photo by Hob Osterlund.
- Haena Glass
Inspiration: A Hawaiian Monk Seal happens upon a glass float at the Haena district of Kauai’s north shore. Mount Makana, known as “Bali Hai” in the classic Movie “South Pacific”, is the background feature. The sparkling waters of Kauai are the perfect playground for the ‘Ilio-holo-kai or “dog of the sea”.
- Hanalei Bay Watch
Inspiration: From the Kuhio Highway overlook on Kauai's north shore, travelers from the south get their first glimps of Hanalei Bay. This painting was started on sight just after the bushes were cleared and this magnificent vista was revealed. It was painted entirely wet in a thick, loose style.
- Hanalei Moa Bettah
Inspiration: This image features the famous “Moa Kane” (rooster in Hawaiian) which abounds virtually everywhere on the island of Kauai. These birds thrive on Kauai so well because there are no mongoose on the island to eat them. All the other main Hawaiian islands have mongoose.
- Hanalei Morning
Inspiration: The early morning sun warms the floor of Hanalei Valley on the north shore of Kauai. Hawaiian Black-Necked Stilts known as Ae'o look for food in a recently harvested taro patch. Stilts and other native water birds such as Hawaiian ducks, coots, herons and gallinules depend largely on these man made agricultural terraces for food and nesting habitat.
- Hanalei Tide
Inspiration: It took me three years to complete this painting of the reef beneath the St. Regis Hotel looking out toward Hanalei Bay. It took all my skill and understanding of reflections and layers to pull it off. The rainbow was a special challenge.
- Hawaiian Atoll
Inspiration: As a wildlife ranger Patrick Ching spent a good part of his life on the remote atolls of the Northwest Hawaiian chain. This painting was done for the Conservation Council for Hawaii's 2006 wildlife poster. The species depicted include the Hawaiian monk seal, green turtle, frigate bird, red tailed tropicbird, Laysan albatross, wandering tattler' spotted eagle rays, ulua (jack fish), Nihoa Miller bird, sooty tern, Laysan finch, earwig insect, -Miller moth, Laysan duck eating brine flies, beach morning glory flower, naupaka shrub, erogrostis grass, tiger shark beneath a black foot albatross fledgling on the water, and red footed boobie (bird).
- Hawaiian Mermaid
Inspiration: Journey beneath the Hawaiian undersea paradise where a beautiful mermaid princess swims among her favorite ocean friends; a honu, a monk seal, dolphins, and fish.
- Heaven And Earth
Inspiration: From memories of flying over vast oceans and emerging reefs.
- Hele Mano
Inspiration: Beneath the pool, a curtain of sharks, mano, cruise past, fading into the deep greens and blues of a remote tropical lagoon. Beauty in triangles, they swim to music in my mind.
- Hidden Paradise
Inspiration: Create your own paradise with the colors of your mind.
- Hidden Valley
Inspiration: Hidden Valley is an image conjured up by artist Patrick Ching from his many experiences in similar native rainforest settings. The brilliantly colored 'I'iwi perches beside a Lehua blossom of the native 'Ohi'a tree. The 'I'iwi is one of the more than 50 species of Hawaiian Honeycreeper believed to have evolved from a common ancestral species that colonized the islands millions of years ago. In the distance white tailed tropicbirds circle before a cascading waterfall, which sends a faint rainbow dancing in its mist
Inspiration: This is a signed print of an oil painting featuring the spotted eagle ray called hihimanu. Eagle rays glide through Hawaiian waters gracefully and are non aggressive by nature. If, however, they are under attack, they can plunge a barbed, toxic, spike into a would be predator.
- Hilo Bay Mauna Kea
Inspiration: Majestic snow capped Mauna Kea as seen from the Sui San Market on Hilo Bay. This painting was done for a Hilo native named Aloha. It reminds her of her favorite memories of growing up in Hilo with her father, dogs and meeting her beloved husband. It was done in honor of her favorite volcano. The dark waters of Hilo bay reflect the colors of the sky, mountain and large tree which no longer stands.
- Holy Moli
Inspiration: Immaculate make up on the Laysan Albatross called moli in Hawaiian. More...
- Honey Girl
Inspiration: A beloved sea turtle affectionately called "Honey Girl" was known to visitors and north shore Oahu residents. Honey Girl had a beautifully colored shell and sweet disposition. She was killed as a result of illegal poaching under a full moon. Many residents and volunteer turtle guardians mourned her death and celebrated her life. Her memory lives forever as all honu do.
- Honu Beach
Inspiration: A Honu or Green Sea Turtle hauls up to sun itself on a beach in tropical Hawaii. If they continue to have protection, these animals may be seen nesting in places that they have not nested in for hundreds of years.
- Honu Drift
Inspiration: The grace of a Hawaiian honu is evident as if ascends into the light of the sea.. Inspired by a photo by Terry lilly.
- Honu Kai
Inspiration: Hawaii's Green Sea Turtle, called Honu, is a well respected being. It is known for its life force. The beautiful aqua colors of a sand bottom lagoon, complement the amber and ocean colors of the Honu.
- Honu Kisses
Inspiration: Hawaii’s Green Turtle known as Honu swim into certain areas of the reef known as “Cleaning Stations” to be preened by fish in a symbiotic relationship that benefits the fish, because they eat algae and small animals off the honu, and benefits the honu as it gets its shell cleaned. The fish featured in this painting are yellow tangs lau ipala, gold eye surgeonfish kole, Moorish idol kihikihi, surgeonfish paku’ikui’i, red goatfish kumu, jack crevalle papio, saddlebacked wrasse hinalea and red wrasse. Honu Kisses was largely inspired by a photograph of a sea turtle taken by Scott Hanft www.scotthanftfinearts.com
- Honu Leahi
Inspiration: The ocean twists the colors of a honu's shell as it lifts its head for a breath of fresh Hawaiian air. In the distance is Leahi, Diamond Head, a welcome sight to visitors and residents like the honu.
- Honu Lulu
Inspiration: This young Green Sea Turtle hovers in the protected waters of a shallow Hawaiian lagoon. In Hawaiian, Honu is the name of the green sea turtle and lulu means "sheltered". Honu Lulu can be translated as "sheltered turtle" (the name of Hawaii's state capital, Honolulu, means "sheltered bay"). In the background are assorted reef fish including the Uhu or parrot fish, a school of Kala or unicorn fish, and the Kihikihi or Moorish Idol. The bright red pencil urchin and black urchins are scattered among the coral reef as is the maroon colored algea called Limu Kohu. The turtle in this painting was inspired by a photograph by Michael Nolan.
- Honu Malia
Inspiration: With a shell full of sunsets, Honu floats calmly in a crystal tide.
- Honu Mana'o
Inspiration: Honu - Hawaiian Sea Turtle, comes to rest on balmy shores, with thoughts transcending the Honu - Hawaiian Sea Turtle, comes to rest on balmy shores, with thoughts transcending the depths of time. Mana'o - thoughts, ideas, not reserved for humans but all living beings. In old Hawaii the Honu was a respected being and a source of food eaten only by royalty. In recent times the Honu have been hunted to the threat of extinction and became protected by law. Now they live comfortably among us and even come to rest on shores frequented by people.
- Honu Moana
Inspiration: A Hawaiian Sea Turtle known as HONU floats in an emerald lagoon.
- Honu Moe Moe
Inspiration: A honu, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, basks in the glow of a northern sunset. Moe moe, Hawaiian slang for sleep or rest. A lineup of emerald waves make their way to shore.
- Honu Moon Mokulua
Inspiration: A honu comes ashore on a beach where turtles have not visited for many moons. The Mokulua Islands off of Kailua Beach duplicate the shape of the Hunu's shell. Inspired by a previous Ching painting entitled Green Peace.
- Honu Mosaic
Inspiration: The dance of light flickering through the crystal water checkers the honu with a mosaic effect. More...
- Honu Sunset - Hanalei
Inspiration: As they did hundreds of years ago, the honu will return to bask on the shores of Hanalei Bay. Here the colors of the golden sunset reflect off the Honu's glistening shell with palm trees, the Hanalei Pier, and Mount Makana in the distance.
- Honu Tide Pool
Inspiration: Hovering within a lava tide pool a honu a honu (green sea turtle) slowly floats along. More...
- Honu Waimanalo
Inspiration: The Green Sea Turtle is named not for the color of its shell, but for the color of its body fat which is green due to the turtles' vegetarian diet. Once a popular food item, green turtles are now protected by law. The setting for this scene is Waimanalo Bay on the island of Oahu. In the background are the hills of Lanikai and the peninsula of Mokapu which from a distance resembles a swimming turtle. The island of Moku Manu and the Mokulua Islands are shown on the right.
Inspiration: Taking your child for a horseback ride on a Secluded Beach is one measure of wealth. This mom and son look toward the horizon and think about loved ones far away. The horse in this painting is Ehukai, a magical mare in the care of artist Patrick Ching
- Ilima on Crater Hill
Inspiration: Everyone has his favorite. Ilima, the artist's favorite horse, is named after a native orange flower that grows in coastal areas. This matted print of an oil painting by Patrick Ching is set on Crater Hill overlooking the Kilauea Point Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge on the island of Kauai. Ching was a ranger at Kilauea Point and often patrolled the 160 acre refuge on horseback.
Inspiration: A seemingly endless progression of sharks swim in figure eight on a remote Hawaiian atoll. Poetry in ocean motion. More...
- Jacaranda Hill
Inspiration: The unmistakable sight of the lavender-colored Jacaranda trees appear in the spring, sprinkled along the upland hills of Hawaii. This tree is known from the Kula district on the island of Maui.
- Jacaranda Horse
Inspiration: Springtime is filled with violet, lavender, and blue in Hawaii's Upcountry. The Jacaranda trees bring a colorful glow to the Hawaiian landscape. A grazing horse enjoys the morning sunlight. Though I did not know this horse personally, (I just saw it on the side of the road) by the time the painting was complete, the horse I painted was my own Ehukai. Funny how your loved ones show up in your art.
- Ka ‘O‘o Mau Loa
Inspiration: Ka ‘O‘o Mau Loa is the name of my latest painting featuring the extinct Oahu ‘O‘o Bird among native plants like the Kolea and red hibiscus Hau Hele Ula. My Friend Rick Barboza commissioned this painting and named it after his son Chaz-Damiaan Ka ‘o‘omauloa. The painting was presented to the family at his first birthday luau.
- Ka Io
Inspiration: On the island of Hawaii, a glorious sight to behold is that of the Io, or Hawaiian Hawk, soaring in circular patterns above the ground or perched high on a tree in search of food. Its meals consist of a variety of delicacies including rodents, insects, crayfish, and occasionally small birds. Natural acrobats, these birds can be observed solo or in pairs tumbling playfully in the air at great altitudes and occasionally uttering high-pitched screams ee-oh. The majestic Io is a symbol of royalty in Hawaii.
- Ka Makani O Hanalei
Inspiration: Playing in the wind (Ka Makani) over Hanalei Bay, an Arabian horse prances with his canine companions. There were many Hawaiian names for the types of winds in Hawaii. Makani is a general term meaning wind as in this title translated as "The Wind of Hanalei".
- Ka Wai Nui
Inspiration: This painting was done for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i 2007 wildlife poster. Kawainui Marsh is located in the ‘ahupua‘a of Kailua on the island of O‘ahu. In 2007, a large section of the marsh was turned over to the State of Hawai‘i for protection and management.
The painting features Ulupo Heiau and Mount Olomana, native water birds – including the ae‘o (stilt), ‘alae ‘ula (gallinule), ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa (duck), and ‘auku’u night heron – the native neke fern, kaluha and ‘uki sedges, and hau hele wai hibiscus. Look carefully and you will also see a native pinao dragonfly and nymph, ‘o‘opu goby fish, and hapawai mollusks.
Huawahine, guardian of the marsh, takes the form of a woman above water and a Mo’o (reptilian demi-god) below water.
- Kahili Beach
On Kauai's north shore is a serene spot where the river meets the sea. Great frigate birds, called Iwa, swoop down to drink the delicious water. Beyond the beach waves break in the emerald colored lagoon. This is one of artist atrick Chings favorite places on Earth.
- Kai Honu
Inspiration: Some cultures say that the world rests on the back of a turtle. Honu, the turtle of the sea, pushes through the ripples of an emerald lagoon with the weight of the world behind it.
- Kai Mana
Inspiration: A precious Hawaiian monk seal is born at Kaimana beach in Waikiki for the first time in recorded history. Kaimana means "ocean Spirit". This painting was started on the day the pup was born.
Inspiration: A tiny corner of beach and trail offset the colors of a Kalalau Valley's deepening sea. Shadows of clouds dapple the surface. More...
- Kalalau Lookout
Inspiration: The view of Kalalau, the largest valley on the Na Pali coast, is one of the most picturesque scenes in the world. The scenes from the four thousand foot Kalalau lookout in Koke’e State Park change constantly. The red Lehua blossoms of the ‘ohia tree produce nectar that is a favorite food of Hawaii’s native forest birds.
- Kalihi Wai
Inspiration: Where the river meets the sea on Kauai’s north shore is a place of magic called Kalihiwai. This is where my Kauai studio is located. It seems like the world starts its day here. This mystic spring day a faint rainbow shows up. Red Cardinals sound that spring is here. In the foreground ‘Iwa (Great Frigate Birds) circle in an updraft.
- Kawena's Paint
Inspiration: My daughter Kawena asked me to paint a paint horse for her. The setting is Waimea on the Island of Hawaii. In anticipation of her horse Ehukai’s foal, Kawena said sales from this painting can help pay for keeping her new horse.
Inspiration: The Kilauea Lighthouse, completed in 1913, was an important beacon to vessels traveling to and from the orient via the Hawaiian islands. It was decommissioned in 1976 at which time a smaller, automated light was erected near its base. The grounds sourrounding the light are now a part of the Kilauea Point National Wildlife refuge.In the foreground are Laysan Albatross known to Hawaiians as Moli. Patrick Ching lived and worked at Kilauea point for several years and calls it the most beautifull place in the world
- Ko‘olau Classic
Inspiration: The majestic Ko‘olau mountains of Waimanalo, Oahu are the backdrop for this painting. A herd of horses kick up their heels in a lush pasture as the white cattle egrets join in the celebration. Artist Patrick Ching has enjoyed being a horseman in Waimanalo for many years.
Inspiration: Patrick Ching's original oil painting featuring a mother and calf humpback whale. The Hawaiian name for this whale is kohola. Each winter the humpbacks arrive in Hawaii from their summer feeding grounds in Alaska. Here they put on magnificent water shows by jumping into the air or Kohola and re-entering the water with a giant splash. Female humpbacks give birth in Hawaii and nurse their young through milk glands as all mammals do.
- Koke’e Moa Bettah
Inspiration: A proud rooster perches on a rock in Koke’e State Park on the island of Kauai. These roosters and chicken’s are descendants of Pacific Jungle Fowl brought to Hawaii by ancient navigators aboard large ocean going canoes. These birds thrive on Kauai so well because there are no mongoose on the island to eat them. All the other main Hawaiian islands have mongoose.
- Koko Head Canoe
Inspiration: That golden time of day on south east Oahu; Koko Head's distinct shape with Koko Crater beyond. A solitary canoe sits beneath the coconut palms ready for a sunset paddle.
Inspiration: The Pacific Golden Plover called Kolea, is a migratory bird that nests in the summers on the Alaskan Tundra and returns to Hawai’i each year, each fall. In this painting the Kolea is seen sporting its breeding plumage with the dark face and breast area. The Polynesian voyagers paid special attention to the Kolea’s flight patterns knowing that the birds used the islands like stepping stones on their northward migration.
- Kona Gold
Inspiration: From upcountry Kona the morning light warms the pastures of Pu’uanahulu (ten day hill) with Pu’uwa’awa’a (many furrowed hill) in the distance. A golden stallion stands majestically before a beautiful mare. The native Koa tree in the center of the scene is light up by morning light as is the ‘Ohi’a tree with its red Lehua blossoms. A gentle breeze blows the grasses across the open field as old wooden fence posts emerge from the shrubs. In the distance wild Nene geese take flight. Artist Patrick Ching spends time in this area with his daughter and cousins enjoying the beauty of this sacred land.
- Kona Kai
Inspiration: The colors of coral and stone in calm water makes me think of a cool blue cocktail on the rocks. Wonderfully simple yet full of surprises.
- Kukui Falls
Inspiration: Along the highway of Kauai’s north shore is a beautiful waterfall that cascades into a tiny pool. When the sun floods the area with light, a brilliant dance of color can be seen in its angelic rays. A large Kukui nut tree, shown in the upper right corner, once grew in front of the falls. Kukui means “light” or “enlighten” in Hawaiian because the nuts of this tree were used as candles and torches. Be careful not to slow down to look for the falls. Instead take this lasting picture home as a gift for yourself or someone you love.
Inspiration: On the island of Molokai lived a humble and prominent woman named Rachel (Lahela) Naki. One day Ching came upon her planting taro in her loi (agricultural terrace) at the east end of the island. The colors of the mud and algae, and her dark canine companion inspired him to paint this piece entitled Lahela.
- Lavender Sky
Inspiration: “Lavender Sky” occurs on special evenings when the Earth’s shadow is cast into the twilight sky by the Ko’olau Mountains towering over Waimanalo. Patrick Ching saw this happening outside his art studio and mixed the colors on the spot. He then proceeded to paint the picture from the memory of that evening.
- Laysan Apapane
Inspiration: The crimson colored 'apapane honeycreeper existed on Laysan Island in the northwest Hawaiian chain. Artist Patrick Ching lived months of their life on this island as a wildlife biologist and ranger. Ching never saw the laysan 'apapane because it had gone extinct many years earlier. The male singing on the erogrostic grass was painted from a clack and white film clip of one the last three birds in existence just before a storm blew the birds into extinction. A laysan rail (also extinct) approaches the center of the painting. Also included in the painting are the lay laysan finch, Hawaiian monk seal and the green sea turtle. The plant life includes the nama, native portulacca, erogrostis grass and phouehue, beach morning glory.
- Light Ray (Mantas - Manta Ray)
Inspiration: Hahalua is the Hawaiian Name of the Manta Ray. Its two cephalic lobes on the sides of its face help funnel plankton food into its large, cavernous mouth. Here the Hahalua glides through a sea of aqua light.
- Light Waves
Inspiration: Patrick Ching's original oil painting entitled Light Waves. Early morning surf breaks beneath the Makapu'u lighthouse on Oahu's east shore. Red-footed booby (birds) passes over the waves of Makapu'u each morning on the way to their ocean feeding grounds. This is one of Patrick Ching's favorite surf spots. This painting was inspired by a beautiful wave that threw him onto the jagged rocks.
- Liquid Breath (Mantas - Manta Ray)
Inspiration: It's an incredible experience to be among the mantas as they swirl in backwards summersaults through the evening tide. Every pass through the plankton filled sea fills them with nourishment. With gill slits opened this manta takes a large sip of liquid breath. Inspired by a photograph by Lee Rentz.
- Lord of the Evening Sky
Inspiration: The Pueo, or Hawaiian Owl, is a subspecies of the short-eared owl. It inhabits all of the main Hawaiian Islands and occasionally islands of the northwest Hawaiian chain. It is often seen in trees or on telephone poles in search of prey. The Pueo's meals include rodents, birds, and other small animals. The Hawaiians had much respect for the Pueo and many revered it as a family guardian or 'aumakua. This is a signed print of a painting entitled "Lord of the Evening Sky" the pueo perches on a branch near the bright red seedpods of the native aalii shrub.
- ‘Alala ‘Akala
Inspiration: The sacred ‘Alala (Hawaiian crow) perches on a koa tree with glowing red ‘Alala (Hawaiian raspberries) in it's sight. Hawaiian crows are so critically endangered that at the time of this painting there are none of them in the wild. The only ‘Alala are kept in a captive breeding facility on the big island of Hawaii. Artist Patrick Ching believes that the crows will one day repopulate Hawaiian forests.
- ‘I‘iwi Lehua
Inspiration: The scarlet colored ‘I‘iwi sips from the Lehua blossoms that share its bright red color. As the blossoms go upward, they seem to turn into a bird and fly...
- ‘Ilio Kai
Inspiration: ‘Ilio Kai (Dog of the sea). This is the first monk seal I ever met over 30 years ago. She came to me at the boat dock on Tern Island, French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii. I called her Shnooky. It was like seeing the mermaid I had been dreaming about for a long time.
- ‘Ilio Kai Honu
Inspiration: A pair of Honu, basking peacefully at the waterline, are approached by a curious monk seal. More...
- ‘Iwa Roost
Inspiration: Male great frigate birds build their nests and present a brilliant display of feathers and song to attract their prospective mates. More...
Inspiration: Lumahai River meets the ocean on Kauai’s north shore. At the waters edge the indigenous yellow hibiscus called Hau grows in thickets. As the Hau flower ages it turns more orange then red. The flowers often fall into the stream and flow out to sea. Kauai’s famous sunrise shells are often found here at Lumahai. The shells are similar in color to the hau flower.
- Mahina Kai
Inspiration: The full moon, mahina, lures a rambling army of newly hatched honu into the sea. More...
- Maka Nui (Big Eyes)
Inspiration: Maka Nui (Big Eyes). A young Hawaiian monk seal pup stares out of a cobalt sea with eyes as deep as time. Inspired by a photograph by Monte Costa.
- Makapu‘u Centennial
Inspiration: On October 1, 1909 the Makapu’u Lighthouse shone for the first time. Its twelve foot tall hyper-radiant lens is the largest in the world. Artist Patrick Ching has a longtime relationship with lighthouses. In the 1980’s and 90’she lived at the Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai before moving to Waimanalo town in 1992. At Waimanalo he spends many of his mornings surfing the bay below the Makapu’u Lighthouse or running the path that overlooks it.
- Makapu‘u Lookout-Whale Season
Inspiration: The path to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse provides a great view overlooking the historic light and east Oahu. During the winter months humpback whales visit the islands and can often be seen at the Makapu'u area.
- Makapuu Lighthouse
Inspiration: America's most powerful lighthouse shines from the cliffs of Makapu'u on Oahu's east shore. The twelve foot hyper radiant lens sends out a beam of light that can be seen from a boat fifteen miles out to sea. Before the lighthouse, the great frigate bird called 'Iwa displays its seven foot wingspan. Beyond the lighthouse are the peaks of Mount Olomana, and the area of Waimanalo.
- Malia Shoals
Inspiration: Emerging reefs of the northwest Hawaiian Islands reveal a cool blend of colors that transcend the depths. Inspired by my many years flying to remote field camps on refuge islands that few people see. These are the colors that feel good to me.
- Manana Girl
Inspiration: Twenty years ago, seeing a Hawaiian Monk seal on the main Islands was like seeing a mermaid according to Patrick Ching. Their range was mainly restricted to the protected Northwest Hawaiian Islands. Now they are much more common with seals being born on the main islands each year. In the distance is Manana island, nicknamed Rabbit Island. Occasionally, seals are born on Manana and venture to nearby beaches such as Sandy's Beach and Makapu'u. This young seal is resting under a native heliotrope shrub with beach morning glory in the foreground.
- Manana Moon
Inspiration: When you see Manana Rabbit’s Island by moonlight, you will never forget it.
This view of a full moon sparkling it’s reflection on the twilight sea was done from artist Patrick Ching’s front yard in Waimanalo.
- Manana Sky
Inspiration: Manana (island) towers proudly over the waters at Makapuu on the island of Oahu. It is home to several species of seabirds including the ewaewa or sooty tern. Manana is also nicknamed Rabbit Island because rabbits once inhabited it and it resembles a rabbit swimming with its head above water.
- Mango Moana
Inspiration: Tropical mangos hanging by the sea
- Mano E Kahi
Inspiration: The first shark that welcomed me into the sea on Laysan Island was also the last one that allowed me to leave. We would have many more conversations and blessed encounters such as these.
- Mano Kai Blue
Inspiration: Mano - The shark, guardian of the deep, beauty and power riddled with twisted light. This tiger, nuihi, complements the unmistakable blue of our Hawaiian ocean. This painting has strong significance to me. Inspired by a photograph from Patrick Devault of Maui and a tattoo I had done by the artist Tihote in Tahiti.
- Manu ‘Iwa
Inspiration: The Great Frigate Bird or ‘Iwa is a symbol of beauty and cleansing. It is also known as a thief for its habit of stealing fish from other birds. ‘Iwa nest on the Northwest Hawaiian Islands where the male builds a nest then sings and shakes while displaying his iridescent plumage which is especially vibrant during mating season. This painting was my father’s favorite. Being a “bird man” he really appreciated the feather work.
- Mariner's Crest
Inspiration: Below the cliffs of Kilauea Point, waves crash sending salt spray adrift. A lone albatross surfs the wind. More...
- Mauna Kea
Inspiration: This painting by Patrick Ching, was done for the Conservation Council for Hawaii (CCH). It depicts some of the many special aspects of the magnificent volcano which rises nearly 14,000 feet above the sea. Mauna Kea literally means White Mountain because of its summit which is often under snow. Some of the elements featured in this painting are Lake Waiau and its adz quarry up at 10,000 ft. elevation, the Palila bird on its food source, the Mamane tree, rare Mauna Kea silverswords and other unique plants and animals. More information is available on the CCH poster featuring this painting at www.conservation-hawaii.org.
- Mauna Loa Sunset
Inspiration: A pair of Nene (geese) stand beside a bush of 'ohelo (berries) in this signed photo print of Patrick Ching's oil painting entitled Mauna Loa Sunset. In 1996 Ching was selected to design Hawaii's first Wildlife Conservation Stamp featuring the Nene.
- Moana Sunset
Inspiration: The excitement of the journey into the sunset. Two birds fly off into the vibrant colors of a Hawaiian sunset. A sprinkle of pink rain is accented by the silhouette of coconut palms as rows of comforting waves make their way to shore. The crescent moon resembles the hull of a celestial canoe and the twinkle of starlight announces the coming of twilight.
- Moi House Blues
Inspiration: A bird's eye view of a familiar shore line with aqua blue and green sea foam revealing a hint of schooling moi (fish). Swimmers enjoy the crystal pool as waves of chance crash and swirl.
- Mokulua Green Peace
Inspiration: A Green Sea Turtle resting at Lanikai Beach. The Mokulua Islands in the distance.
- Mokulua Lanikai
Inspiration: The Mokulua Islands are located about three quarters of a mile off Wailea Point in Lanikai, district of Kailua, Oahu. They are famous for their majestic beauty. The larger island is called Moku Nui and the smaller one Moku Iki. When the surf is up the waters around the Mokes become a favorite surf spot. On Kona wind days such as these the waters take on a glassy appearance. In the foreground a green sea turtle known as Honu enjoys a breather.
Inspiration: Laysan Albatross (Moli) and her rolly-polly chick.
- Monk Seal Mosaic
Inspiration: Mottled in diamonds of crackling light shadows fade blue and then back into bright. ‘lio kai, the dog of the sea, glides weightless, buoyant and effortlessly.
- Moon Light Makapuu
Inspiration: On Oahu 's eastern point known as Makapu'u (bulging eyes) sits one of the world's strongest working lighthouses. When the moon is full it rises in golden glory behind the Makapu'u light creating a majestic silhouette. The colors of the sky show the bluish shadow of the Earth fading into a pinkish twig light glow.
- Morning Breach - Kilauea
Inspiration: I saw this scene from my friend's boat. This painting features a humpback whale in full breach with the cliffs of the Kilauea lighthouse behind it.
- Morning Glory
Inspiration: An oil painting by Patrick Ching entitled Morning Glory. The setting for this painting is ka mana nui (the great divide) in the area of Moanalua on the island of Oahu. During the mid to late 1800s cattle were raised in ka mana nui. Scattered among the cattle were a small number of horses such as the one depicted in this scene. Horses were brought to Hawaii in the early 1800s and have since become an integral part of ranching and country living here
- Na Pali Sunset
Inspiration: You’ll never forget the Na Pali Cliffs at sunset on Kauai’s north shore. Reflections of the vibrant sky dance in the waves lapping up on shore. The sights, sounds and scents will revisit you through this painting. Let your mind soar through it like the great frigate bird gliding through the whimsical clouds.
- Na Pali Tropics
Inspiration: The trail along the Na Pali coast of Kauai is about the most scenic the world has to offer. Along the way you will encounter long leafed pandanas trees called Hala in Hawaiian. The female Hala tree bears a fruit that resembles a pineapple. It breaks into sections and each key is like a tiny paintbrush. The Male tree has a flower called Hinano. It is believed to have aphrodisiac powers. The white tailed tropic bird called Koa‘e Kea frequently soars along the cliffs of the Na Pali coast.
- Nai‘a Leahi
Inspiration: The fluid motion of Hawaiian dolphins near the surface, are tinted with reflections of paradise.
- Nai‘a Sunset
Inspiration: Jumping into a golden sunset, Nai‘a, a Hawaiian dolphin returns to the sea.
- Nalu Wai
Inspiration: Blues from above and ocres below are welcomed together by Kai's ebb and flow. This fresh aqua green is blessed by the sky with purples and violets that pleasures the eye.
Inspiration: In Hawaiian, niele means curious. This Atlantic bottlenose dolphin is one of the residents at the Sea Life Park Oceanarium on Oahu's east shore. Dolphins are very intelligent creatures that are especially gentle towards humans.
- Ocean Pallette
Inspiration: A colorful mixture of coral and sponges create a splendid pattern of tropical paint. Inspired by sea cave photos by Terry lilley.
- Ocean Spring
Inspiration: Enjoying the shimmer of fresh spring water flowing over a salt water reef. More...
- Octopusses Garden
Inspiration: Would You like to be, under the sea, in an octopusses garden in the shade?
- Ohia Lehua
Inspiration: An acrylic/oil painting by Patrick Ching features the native Ohia tree with its proud lehua blossoms. The plant grows to various sizes from low shrubs to tall trees. Its wood is hard and was traditionally used by Hawaiians to make carved images, spears and mallets. The brilliantly colored lehua blossoms, the nectar of which is a favorite food of many Hawaiian forest birds, are prominent in Hawaiian culture and lore. It was a common belief in Hawaii that picking the lehua blossom would cause the rain to fall.
- Olomana Greens
Inspiration: From the title, one would think this would be a painting of a golf course. “Olamana Greens” is actually a celebration of green colors; those of the majestic mountain view windward Oahu, and also the aqua greens that artist Patrick Ching was inspired to do this painting while viewing Olomana Green, from a canoe off Bellow’s Beach.
Inspiration: A pair of blue-finned jacks called 'omilu are shown here in pursuit of their favorite prey, young goatfish called 'oama. From August to September the 'oama school near shore. At this time, predatory fish and fishermen come to the shoreline with hopes of catching a good meal.
- Omilu Reef
Inspiration: A Hawaiian blue finned trevally swims beyond a brilliantly colored coral reef.
- Orcas in Paradise
Inspiration: It is not commonly known that orcas, also known as "killer whales" occur in Hawaiian waters. Actually orcas are the most dispersed mammals on Earth next to humans. Transient family pods of orca do visit Hawaii and have been photographed and recorded here on video by a privileged few. This scene is of a pod of orcas cruising through calm seas off the beautiful Na Pali Coast of Kaua'i. Though they are yet to be spotted along this coast, artist Patrick Ching is sure the scene will come true as do several of his future intention paintings such as "Hanalei Revisited" and "Manana Girl".
- Pa Honu
Inspiration: This historic pond in Waimanalo is named Pa Honu or “Turtle Enclosure”. There are gaps in the enclosure where gates used to keep in live turtles for the area’s chiefs. The spot is a safe swimming area for families and the Honu are now free to enter and leave as they wish.
- Pa Honu Dawn
Inspiration: Morning sunlight sends pink and peach colored clouds across the sky at a magic spot in Waimanalo called Pa Honu (turtle fence). In ancient times this pond held live sea turtles for the areas chiefs to eat when they desired. Artist Patrick Ching lived in this area and enjoyed its emerald waters regularly.
- Pali Manu Kuahiwi
Inspiration: The Majestic Pali cliffs of windward Oahu with the brilliant red ‘I’iwi birds and Lehua blossoms. In the distance a juvenile ‘I’iwi flutters off with yellow and red feathers.
Inspiration: This beautiful tropical flower has a fragrant smell that makes it a favorite for use in flower lei. Many varieties of plumeria can be found in Hawaii. Several varieties and colors can even be grafted to grow out of the same tree.
- Princess Popoki
Popoki is the Hawaiian pronunciation for "cat". This one is shown here in a royal setting. Cats were brought to Hawaii aboard western sailing vessels and became a valued pet among Hawaiians. Captain cook wrote of an incident where a favorite cat had fallen overboard and a native greeting canoe retrieved it and returned it to his ship.
- Pu‘uanahulu Pueo
Inspiration: The Pu’uanahulu Church on the upper road between Kona and Waimea on the Big Island is the setting for this painting. The Church was originally located near the ocean and was moved up mauka. The native short eared owl, called Pueo, is in the foreground. The Pueo is a spiritual guardian or ‘aumakua to Hawaiians.
- Queen's Bath
Inspiration: A natural tide pool on Kauai fit for a queen. More...
- Queen's Garden
Inspiration: Hawaii's last reigning monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani, had a home near the place where the Moana Surfrider now stands. She brought to this area, from other places in Hawaii, some of her favorite shellfish and algae which she asked the public not to remove until they had been given a chance to thrive. In this painting of rippling water faint hints of these creatures can be noticed in her aquatic garden by the keen observer.
- Rabbit Head
Inspiration: On a calm Kona wind day the Island of Manana seems to float on the ocean just off Waimanalo Beach. Manana, which literally means “buoyant,” is the Hawaiian name of this island, which is also known as “Rabbit Island”. It was named so because rabbits once inhabited it and it also resembles a rabbit swimming with its head above water. Manana is the nesting ground for thousands of seabirds including wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns shown gliding over the water.
- Rainbow Reef
Inspiration: A crown of living reef emerges from the depths of purples and blues, rising into the green, yellows and rustic reds in a rainbow of hues.
- Red Horse Mauna Kea
Inspiration: The setting sun shines up the slopes of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii as a pair of horses strut across a grassy ridge. Remnant patches of snowfall decorate the summit of Mauna Kea which has a pinkish glow in the distance. The modern observatories on the summit of the mountain have not yet been built.
- Red Tails Over Moku’ae’ae
Inspiration: Directly off the Kilauea Point lighthouse is a tiny islet called Moku’ae’ae (literally: fragment frothing in the rising tide). When the waves come from a certain direction a blowhole occurs off its right point. During the Spring and Summer months, red tailed tropicbirds called Koa‘e ‘Ula gather and fly in courtship patterns around Kilauea Point. They squawk happily and appear to fly in backward circles. Artist Patrick Ching lived and worked at Kilauea point and loves the sound and sights of tropicbirds in courtship flight at mid-day.
- Reef Guardian
Inspiration: Gliding along in fluid grace, Mano cruises its aquatic kingdom.
- Reefer Madness
Inspiration: From the depths to the shallows, a rainbow within the reef.
Inspiration: ROCKY Hawaii's legendary bucking bull Rocky was born in the Kawainui marsh on the island of Oahu in 1979. Rocky bucked off 200 bull riders during his illustrious career and was finally ridden by eight time world champion bull rider Donny Gay in 1987. Rocky's descendants are still amazing rodeo crowds at Town & Country Stables in Waimanalo. In 2004 Rocky's owner Bud Gibson commissioned Patrick Ching to paint this portrait. Ching was an avid bull rider and rodeo clown at Town & Country Stables for many years.
- Rooster Rainbow
Inspiration: The famous Kauai Rooster (Hawaiian Jungle Fowl) poses in front of Waimea Canyon with a brilliant Hawaiian waterfall and rainbow in the distance. The Hawaiian name for the Jungle Fowl is Moa. The rooster may be called Moa Kane.
- Rooster Ranch
Inspiration: In celebration of the Chinese year of the Rooster, 2005, Patrick Ching painted this piece entitled Rooster Ranch. The polo field of Waimanalo is the setting for this scene, which is home to horses, birds, cats, and Hawaiian jungle fowl known as moa.
- Royal Falls
Inspiration: The Majestic O'o bird, known as "The Prince of Hawaiian Forest Birds" is the star of this painting. "Royal Falls" is a portal to Hawaii's past. The 'O'o on the lehua blossom, Mamo (in flight) and the Kioea perched on the Koli'i blossoms, exhisted on the Big Island of Hawaii. These birds are now extinct but their haunting song lingers. The yellow feathers of the 'O'o and Mamo were used to decorate capes, helmets and lei of Hawaiian Royalty.
- Sacred Breath
Inspiration: A newborn white whale calf is pushed to the surface by its mother. In the spaces of the surface reflections the Kilauea peninsula and lighthouse give a hint to the location of the sacred event.
- Sand Bar Blues
Inspiration: A sea of modern art employs an ever-changing bar of vanishing, reappearing sand. Disc shaped reefs ad compositional balance to this refreshing aquatic canvas.
- Sandy's Seal
Inspiration: Hawaiian Monk seals frequent often play in the surf near Sandy's Beach. Artist Patrick Ching caught a body surfing wave at Sandy's and was surprised to see the shape of a monk seal gliding through the same wave. Though monk seals are becoming rarer they are continuing to frequent Oahu's East Shore.
Inspiration: Seaflight, an oil painting by Patrick Ching depicting a school of spotted eagle rays or Hihimanu. During courtship eagle rays gather in groups, usually a large female escorted by several males.
- Seal Beach
Inspiration: Mom and pup Hawaiian Monk Seals grow together for several weeks. Mom shows pup how to fish and what to watch out for. As time goes on, the pup will be left to fend for itself and hopefully grow into adulthood and perpetuate this critically endangered species that only exists in Hawaii.
- Seal Dreams
Inspiration: A Hawaiian Monk Seal in full slumber basks in the depths of a dream. This peaceful scene comes from the artists field sketch done when he was a ranger on the Northwest Hawaiian atolls.
- Seal Surf
Inspiration: A rare Hawaiian Monk Seal and Green Sea Turtle enjoy a glassy day on the west side. Brown booby (birds) glide above an emerald colored wave and native fish such as the yellow, black and white Kihikihi, and red squirrel fish u'u swim beneath the surf. Seal Surf is one half of a mural done for Seagull School in west Oahu.
- Secluded Beach
Inspiration: A secluded beach and open sky is a place we all should visit. With miles of open space before us our thoughts can drift forever.
- Shadow's Secret
Inspiration: There are many things known only to Shadow, Kauai's beloved water dog, contemplating a tide pool at Secret Beach. More...
- Shark Wave
Inspiration: Some of our most protected surf spots are frequented by sharks, like this tiger shark, shown beneath the wave’s surface. The Hawaiian Name for shark is Mano. Artist Patrick Ching has worked around tiger sharks, often beneath the surface, during his time as a wildlife ranger on the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. He says they are “one of earth’s most beautiful animals”.
- Shearwater Moon
Inspiration: This print is done from an original oil painting by Patrick Ching in 2009, featuring the endangered Newell’s Shearwater. This large seabird nests in burrows in the ground, making the young chicks easy prey for unsupervised cats and dogs. They are attracted to bright lights at night and become disoriented, often colliding with electrical poles, wires, etc., and falling helplessly to the ground where many are killed. This painting was selected by the Hawaii Conservation Council for their annual environmental poster in 2009.
- Sherwood's Waimanalo
Inspiration: To get this view of Mount Olomana and Waimanalo one must be in the shallow, emerald colored waters near the Kaiona boat ramp. In the distance are the beach and ironwood trees of the area known as Sherwood Forest. The title of this painting is in reference somewhat because of the view looking toward Sherwood Forest, but more so because the painting was commissioned by a true friend of Hawaii's environment named Mike Sherwood.
- Shoals of Time
Inspiration: From memories of flights in small planes over vast seas, a colorist's dream.
- Shore Line Noddies
Inspiration: Noio, black noddies, flutter above the crystal waves at the waterline. More...
- Shoreline Cruisers
Inspiration: A pair of blue-finned jacks called ‘omilu are shown here near shore. Jacks will cruise the shoreline in search of a meal like smaller goatfish called oama. The fish can be seen in the shallow water from a great distance away.
- Sliding Into Light
Inspiration: He’e - The octopus is a master of grace and camouflage. From the depths she decides what to conceal or reveal. More...
- Smoke Les
Inspiration: When Patrick Ching lived on Kauai he bought a tall dark horse named "Smoke" from his good friend Les Milnes. In this picture Les bids Smoke Aloha after taking him on a trail ride in Koke'e .
- Soul Provider
Inspiration: Possibly the world's rarest bird, the Poouli was discovered in 1973 in a remote area on the northeastern slope of Haleakala Volcano on the island of Maui. Since then the Poouli population plummeted and by the year 2000 there were only 3 birds left. Patrick Ching spent several weeks studying the Poouli in the wild and this matted print of the oil painting entitled "Soul Provider" was done from the artist's personal field sketches and observations of the only Poouli nest ever collected. The scene is of a male Poouli feeding the female at their nest which was built in the upper canopy of a native ohia tree.
Inspiration: An oil painting by Patrick Ching entitled "Spirit". The backdrop for this painting are the majestic Ko'olau Mountains of Waimanalo on the Island of 'Oahu where artist Patrick Ching lives. This painting is dedicated to our horse friends and family who once galloped through Earth's green pastures and have since departed for the even richer fields of Heaven.
- Stream Animals
Inspiration: Hawaii's native stream animals depend on an unobstructed passage to the ocean to complete thier lifecycle. The eggs of these fish,shrimp and mollusks are washed into the sea where they hatch and become part of the zooplankton sosiety. When they are large enough they crawl back up into fresh water streams to live out their lives
- Stream Dream
Inspiration: Early morning light fills Hanalei Valley on Kauai as Waiouli Stream flows gently along its grassy banks as hibiscus flowers float upon its surface. Coconut palms emerge from the water with bamboo forests behind them. In the distance is Mount Waialeale, notoriously known as the wettest spot on Earth.
- Sunset Bali Hai
Inspiration: A majestic view of Hanalei Bay at sunset with Mount Makana in the distance. Makana was known as Bali Hai in the movie "South Pacific".
- Sunset Centennial
Inspiration: The Kilauea Lighthouse on its one hundredth year is the subject of this painting by artist Patrick Ching who lived and worked on the property in the nineteen eighties and nineties. The nene geese flying in the foreground are symbolic of the success of the wildlife refuge in protecting endangered species. In the distance, is the islet of Moku‘ae'ae and the Hawaiian canoe Hokule'a, who sailed past Kilauea Point in 2013, one hundred years after the light was first built.
- Sunset Surf
Inspiration: Nostalgic Waikiki sunset surfing.
- Swirling Mantas
Inspiration: Hahalua Hawaiian mantas swirl in sync in an offshore feeding trio.
- Tall Glass
Inspiration: Looking up from beneath the blue, a tall, cool sea of glass.
- The Pool
Inspiration: The day I came to love sharks. Circling gracefully they followed me home. It was nice of them to share their pool with me.
- The Shelf
Inspiration: The crisp colors of Laysan Island in the Northwest Hawaiian chain are the backdrop for this acrylic painting by Patrick Ching. Masked Boobies nest on the sand on remote Hawaiian atolls. The emerald green colors of the shallow lagoon reflect off the birds' white plumage. An explosion of white water occurs as a wave crashes upon a shelf of coral.
- Three Graces
Inspiration: The Hawaiian name for dolphin is naia. The dolphins depicted in this signed print are Hawaiian spinner dolphins which get their name spinners from their habit of performing aerial acrobatics. Spinner dolphins are the smallest species of dolphin in Hawaii. Adults average 5 or 6 feet in length.
- Tide Pool Honu
Inspiration: In the crystal aqua waters a Honu grazes on limu (algae). Fish and opihi are his friends.
- To Feel A Sunrise
Inspiration: A treasured find is the rare Sunrise Shell which radiates many colors out from its center. It is considered extremely lucky to find one on the shore. One of the best times to come across one is at sunrise.
- Transcendence (Mantas - Manta Ray)
Inspiration: In Hawaii the Mantas, known as Hahalua, hold an elevated rank among the beings of Earth because they are able to live in the depths of darkness (po) yet leap into to light (ao).
- Tropic Bird
Inspiration: A red-tailed tropicbird, known to Hawaiians as koa'e 'ula, hovers over an emerald green lagoon at a remote Hawaiian atoll. Hawaiians used the bright red tail feathers of these birds to decorate headdresses, kahili (markers of royalty) and other feathered ornaments. In the spring and summer months tropicbirds gather in small groups and do a courtship display that includes loud squawking and flying in backwards circles.
- True Love
Inspiration: The setting for this painting is Hanalei Valley on the Island of Kauai where artist Patrick Ching lived with his Palamino mare named 'Ilima. In this scene 'Ilima and her boyfriend Kimo enjoy one of the best parts about being horses.
- Tunnel's Wahine
Inspiration: From above the reef at Tunnels Beach, Haena Kauai. More...
- Wai ‘Opae
Inspiration: This painting was created as a poster for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, which will soon be printed and distributed to hundreds of schools throughout Hawai‘i with educational text on the poster back. It depicts an anchialine pond, many of which are scattered along the Kona Coast and connected by volcanic tunnels and crevasses. Native species inhabiting the pond include small shrimp (‘öpae), mollusks, and sea grass, which are part of this obscure yet dynamic ecosystem that often goes unnoticed. On land the ‘ülili (wandering tattler) peers into the pond and native plants surround its borders. Hualälai is majestic in the distance.
- Waikoko Palms
Inspiration: One of the most beautiful stand of coconut palms. The peaceful lagoon glimmers with aqua blues and greens that sooth me. In the foreground are the Pohuehue beach morning glory flowers.
- Waimanalo Beach
Inspiration: Waimanalo Beach was painted on the windward side of Oahu at a place called Waimanalo known to locals as God's Country. Wispy ironwood trees grow above the succulent naupaka shrubs as you look out towards Bellow's Beach and the Mokulua Islands. Seabirds comb the shoreline as a wave breaks upon a white sand beach. This is where artist Patrick Ching spends his mornings exercising being thankful.
- Waimanalo Promise
Inspiration: A special place to artist Patrick Ching is the reef at where he resides at Waimanalo. A family canoe floats upon the emerald waters of Waimanalo during low tide. This area is a favorite home to sea turtles called Honu. Red tailed tropicbirds frolic in the sky representing the commitment between two beings. In the distance the peninsula and lighthouse of Makapu'u is lit by the afternoon sun.
- Waimanalo Shorebreak
** Inspiration: On the windward side of Oahu is a place called Waimanalo known to locals as "God's Country". Wispy ironwood trees grow above the succulent naupaka shrubs as you look out towards Bellow's Beach and the Mokulua Islands. Seabirds comb the shoreline as a crystal wave breaks on a white sand beach on a windless day. ** Inspiration: On the windward side of Oahu is a place called Waimanalo known to locals as "God's Country". Wispy ironwood trees grow above the succulent naupaka shrubs as you look out towards Bellow's Beach and the Mokulua Islands. Seabirds comb the shoreline as a crystal wave breaks on a white sand beach on a windless day.
- Waterfall Cliffs
Inspiration: I remember days when we were younger. We used to watch the waterfalls all day long. Down the Ko’olau hills they ran like horses. Turning back to clouds as their hooves met the earth.
- West Side White Tails
Inspiration: This scene is from the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge lighthouse area looking west towards the cliffs of Kauapea and Anini beach. Soaring on the west side are white tailed tropicbirds. A seabird that often soars in the mountains and nest in the cliffs. Their long White tail feathers were used in ancient times by Hawaiians to decorate Kahilis or feathered standards to signal the arrival of royalty.
- Wild Horses
Inspiration: The mating dance of Hawaiian Seahorses entangled in a heartfelt embrace.
- Hanalei Beach Candy
Inspiration: Putting my sight in the eye of a bird I hover over Hanalei Bay. Endless waves of energy roll in - exciting, rejuvenating, healing. People and playthings sprinkled with color like candy on an ocean cake. Which one are you?
- Hanalei Moon
Inspiration: When you see, Hanalei by moonlight (not the sun but the moon) you will be, in heaven, by the sea (not the river but the sea).
- Kohola Kai
Inspiration: Sacred and rare is the Kohola Kea (white humpback). Born of Hawaii at home in the sea Kohola ohana swim prominently.
- Laysan Lovedance
Inspiration: Whistling bobs and whinnying clacks, head shaking jiggles and under arm smacks. To dance is to live and courtship is life, a bachelor albatross beckons a wife.
- Dolphin Mosaic
Inspiration: Mottled in diamonds of crackling light, shadows fade blue and then back into bright. Dolphins glide effortless, play in the sea, offering comfort for all things to be.
- Hanalei Sunset
Inspiration: Spectacular sunset to finish the day, friends come together at Hanalei Bay. They hui together from all ends of Earth to witness the colors of clouds giving birth.
- Honu Perspective
Inspiration: Wading through an emerald lagoon a honu reaches for breath and a glimpse at the world above.
- Seal Chick
Inspiration: Slumbery seal. Goofy chick. Another beautiful Hawaiian day...
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