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David Young
PO Box 608
Kaillua Kona, HI  96745
www.nameamakamae.com


Born: 1948 (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Lived/Active: Hawaii

Profession(s): Sculptor

Known for: Sculpture

Style(s): Realist

Medium(s): Wood

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 David Young
Wa`a- Hawaiian Canoe
Portfolio
  David Young
Huewai- Decorated Hawaiian Gourd
Portfolio
 

Artist Biography:
David Young was born in Honolulu in 1948.  He married Ronnie Wilson in Kona in 1970 and there they raised two daughters, Amy and Melissa.  He owned and operated The Sandwich Shop a popular restaurant in Kailua in the 1970’s.  In 1981 he got his general contractor’s license and built many custom homes at Mauna Kea Fairways, Puako Beach and Kona Bay Estates.  He has always been interested in the art and culture of Hawaii and in 1999 published Na Mea Makamae: Hawaiian Treasures, a book about the artifacts of the early Hawaiian culture and their use.  The book also has a section with pictures and information about native Hawaiian woods.  This interest in the different woods of Hawaii and their early use led to his current ambition of using the exceptional native woods to create replicas of Hawaiian canoes, weapons, decorated gourds and calabashes.  His canoes are modeled after an early canoe that he bought from the Kamuela Museum.

Studied:
Punahou School 1957-1966
University of Denver 1967-1970

Books:
1999, David Young Na Mea Makamae - Hawaiian Treasures, Palapala Press, 108 pages (color)


Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2008-2001 Annual Hawaii Wood Guild Exhibit

Memberships:
Kona Historical Society, Board of Director 2000 to present
Hawaii Wood Guild 2007, Member


Magazine and Newspaper References:
2004 Tribal: The Magazine of Tribal Art, Lei Niho Palaoa: Royal Necklaces of Hawaii
2004 March Honolulu Magazine, Hawaiiana: Fishhooks
2004 November Honolulu Magazine, Culture: Tapa: The Frabic of Hawaii
2002 November Honolulu Magazine, Feature: Lei Niho Palaoa

Dealers or Representatives:
Native Books/ Na Mea Hawaii
Gallery of Great Things
Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery
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