The Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy's Twentieth Biennial Scholarship Auction will be held on Saturday evening, April 27, 2013 at the Fairmont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort.
Hosted cocktails and auction preview begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. The main event opens at 7:30 p.m. with Jim Bakker of James R. Bakker Antiques, Inc. presiding.
The biennial fundraiser is the brainchild of the late Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, an early HPA board member and owner of Anna Ranch in Waimea. Perry-Fiske served as general chairman of the auction from 1974 to 1993.
The last two auctions in 2009 and 2011 raised a total of more than $1.2 million to benefit the school's financial aid program. The school owns all auction items and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to HPA students. Currently, 253 students—236 of whom are from Hawai‘i—receive assistance from the program.
This year’s auction is co-chaired by Laurie Ainslie, board of trustees member and former board chair, and Bernard Noguès, retired director of the Isaacs Art Center. Noguès, who served the school for 46 years, directed every Scholarship Auction since its inception in 1974.
A trademark of the HPA Scholarship Auction is the quality of items presented for sale. Gaylord Dillingham, director of the Scholarship Auction and director of the Isaacs Art Center, anticipates much interest in Lloyd Sexton’s Ginger and Hi’ilawe Falls at Waipio Valley painted circa 1950, and Madge Tennent’s Hawaiian Spring Song, an original oil on canvas painted in 1936.
“The Madge Tennent piece is unique and this will be the first large Tennent oil on canvas available for sale in a very long time,” said Dillingham.
Featured items also include a lovely seascape by D. Howard Hitchcock, original paintings by Martha Greenwell, and works by the celebrated artists of the last 100 years, including Jean Charlot, Hon-Chew Hee, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Horatio Nelson Poole, Shirley Russell, Harry Wishard, and John Young. Other auction highlights include antique and modern koa furniture and bowls, and extraordinary vacation packages.
“All members of the auction committee are actively working to find outstanding new art work, travel opportunities, and other surprises for the auction that appeal to guests in myriad ways,” said Dillingham. “This will be an historic event you will not want to miss."
Dillingham will consider donations of interesting items, art objects, and services for the auction until March 31, 2013. All auction items are available online for preview at http://isaacsartcenter.hpa.edu/.
If you would like to support the auction, or purchase tickets, which are $150 per person, please contact Janet Melton at 808-881-4044 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). Tickets include dinner and complimentary wines and French champagne during the auction. Seating is limited and early ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.