Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai’i

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai’i

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Georgia O'Keeffe is a legend of 20th-century American art. Her life and work, have taken on mythic proportions. Hawai'i is also mythic in our national psyche-a paradisiacal place of healing and renewal. In 1938, the Dole Pineapple Co. invited Georgia O'Keeffe to come to Hawai'i to produce two paintings for their national advertising campaign. She accepted, and in the spring of 1939 spent nine weeks in the Hawaiian Islands. While on Maui, she was hosted by the 12-year-old Patricia Jennings, a daughter of the Hana sugar plantation manager. This encounter would affect both women for the rest of their lives.