Sharing old photos

I’m slowly going through some of my old back-up files (in preparation for donating copies to the BYU-Hawai Archives), and picked a few shots taken primarily for the Kaleo community newspaper or the Polynesian Cultural Center that I thought you might enjoy seeing. Some of these have previously been published, while others have only been seen by me before now.


  1. Fran Corcoran says:

    Hi Mike, The photos are wonderful but the stories around them better. That jumper cable “fix” – amazing he wasn’t electrocuted. What memories. The folks around the statue near the library are at its dedication I assume. Are there stories of the statues or their creator? Are there books about missionaries experiences similar to yours? What alot of learning on both sides. Fran

  2. You’re right about the statue dedication, Fran. I first met the sculptor, Jan Fisher, when I was a Mormon missionary in Samoa and he was teaching at Mapusaga, a former Latter-day Saint high school whose campus is now the American Samoa Community College.

    Moving to Hawaii, Jan became an art professor at BYU-Hawaii for 21 years, specializing in heroic-proportioned sculptures. During that time he moved to Kaaawa and later became a full-time artist. For a while his studio was in Honomu on the Big Island.

    For example, he did the Ma Manuhi’i statue at the Laie Hawaii Temple fale (near the upper parking lot), and the Duke Kahanamoku sculpture in Waikiki, among many other works.

    At Kahuku High, he first did the male statue, and later created Ahonui to honor the significance of young women’s athletics.

    I have not seen or heard of Jan since the dedication a few years ago. Unfortunately, he told me then that Ahonui was probably his last piece: He said he had almost died before completing it, and health concerns led him to retire.

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