'Artists of Hawaii' accepts second youngest participant ever

Harley Diven
Harley Diven

By Roger Mari - bio | email

PAHOA (KHNL) - One of the stars of Hawaii's oldest art exhibition is one of Hawaii's youngest budding artists.  This year, a talented 16-year-old was accepted into the 58th "Artists of Hawaii," at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

When Harley Diven found out about a contest at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, she submitted some of her photographs.  They earned her the honor of showcasing them at this year's Hawaii Artists Exhibition.

"I'm somewhat surprised, but I really like to go out there and try and do stuff so I'm glad this has happened," said artist Harley Diven.

She had never studied photography or taken any classes.  Everything she knows about taking pictures, she learned from the Internet combined with raw, natural talent.

"If you see the geometry in one of my pictures," she said.  "The curves of the couch and of the bike here and of my legs, it all fits together really nicely and the shoes too."

Fifteen-year-old Martin Charlot entered a piece of art in 1960.  He is now a successful artist in California.  At 16 years old, Diven was just 11 days short of becoming the youngest participant ever.

"Many of them are self-taught many of them have a really spontaneous way of going about creating art which is a real inspiration to all of us," said Stephen Little of the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

It's not the first time Diven has won awards for her photography. While she remains humble about her accomplishments, she gets excited when her work is recognized.

"They'll call me and I'll be like, 'Yeah? What?' 'You got an award!' I'm like, 'Oh my God!" Diven said.

Boasting a 4.0 G.P.A. and taking college courses at the University of Hawaii Hilo, she hopes to someday become an anthropologist.  This might explain her love of shooting pictures of people, especially her family.

If you'd like to meet Diven in person, she will be at the opening of the Hawaii Artists Exhibition which runs from May 14th to August 16th.