By Diane Ako
HONOLULU (KHNL) - The Honolulu Academy of Art will soon offer the Violette Wong Hu Endowment & Prize, in a deal worked out over the last week. The Endowment is a gift from the 96 year old Hu's children and grandchildren and will provide some general funds for the Academy as well as an annual juried prize (with money award) to be given by the Academy to an amateur artist (definition of "amateur" and "artist" to be determined by the Academy/Prize Committee).
Hu comes from a family of artists, including the work of Hon Chew Hee (in the Academy's collection) and Marjorie Wong Hee, known as "Popo" Wong (the "Grandmother Moses of Hawaii"). Hu is unknown outside the family. "That's why we established the award, to give her some of the recognition we think she deserves and to encourage other truly amateur painters of talent," says daughter Henrietta Whitcomb.