April 2, 2009 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO: David Corrigan
The blessing of two art sculptures took place during the new Hilo judiciary complex dedication on Wednesday.
Sean Kekamakupa’a Lee Loy Browne’s $400,000 “Kahu o ka wai ola o Hilo” is said to guard the life giving waters of Hilo – the Wailuku, the Wailoa and the Waiolama.
The Indian black granite “hands”, both facing east toward the rising sun, weigh more than 14 tons each.
Browne has said that the sculpture is the last art work his parents Genesis and Elizabeth Lee Loy knew of before passing away in 2007.
Browne, who resides on Oahu were most of his commissioned works are displayed, is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and completed his master’s in fine arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Browne was one of two winning artists out of the 15 who participated in a competition held by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. A Hilo Judiciary Complex art advisory committee, chaired by Judge Ronald Ibarra, was formed to choose the winning artists.
In this video, Browne talks at the podium about his Hilo roots, which run deep. Browne’s extensive ohana was well represented at the ceremony.