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Cooke Collection

Paintings, Prints an d Drawings of Hawaii from the Sam And Mary Cooke Collection

Sam and Mary Cooke assembled at Kualii, their Manoa Valley home, a cultural treasure unsurpassed by any other private collection in the islands. This collection of paintings, drawings, and prints of the Hawaiian Islands uniquely reflects the kamaaina appreciation the Cookes have for various locales throughout the islands, including generations-long associations with people and places, and a love of legends and history. In this book, historian and bibliographer David W. Forbes presents a selection of the collection’s finest works.

David W. Forbes is an internationally recognized historian and bibliographer specializing in aspects of the history of Hawaii. He has written and published numerous essays, artist monographs, catalogues, and bibliographic reference works, including the four-volume Hawaiian National Bibliography 1780–1900 (University of Hawai‘i Press and Hordern House).

Mānoa Heritage Center

Founded in 1996 by preservationists Sam and Mary Cooke, Mānoa Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the thoughtful stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaii. The 3.5-acre estate in Manoa Valley consists of Kukaoo heiau, a native Hawaiian garden, and Kualii, the Cookes’ private residence built in 1911. Kukaoo and Kualii are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.