HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A master of Hawaiian featherwork will soon be sharing his talents on the Big Island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will feature Rick San Nicolas for its first Artist-in-Residence program. He grew up on Oahu and now lives in California.
San Nicolas first learned the craft 15 years ago by reading a book. He'll spend the month of May at the park and hopes to educate people about the painstaking process.
"Seeing things like that and the significance of it that is so people will remember the ali'i and what their status was, and what the featherwork was used to identify them as," explained San Nicolas.
San Nicolas' work is currently on display at the Volcano House. He'll also discuss his art on May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Kilauea Visitor Center.