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Polynesian Painting -  Princess From Hawaii by Donna Chaasadah

Princess From Hawaii is a painting by Donna Chaasadah which was uploaded on March 8th, 2013.

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Very expresive...excellent portrait !

While I am certain the artist means well, and the image itself is lovely, this appears to be a portrait of a Western Samoa woman, not anyone who can authentically be called a Hawaiian Princess. Hawai'i do not use the term "tribes", and there is nothing in this portrait to link it with anyone connected with King Kamehameha. Polynesian peoples are certainly related...Tongans, Tahitians, Samoans, and Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiians). But I doubt you'd find any person of Kanaka Maoli ancestry who would accept this as a Hawaiian image. The term "Hawaiian Princess" can really only be correctly used in connection with real, known people, like Princess Ruta Ke'elikolani (who was of the Kamehameha dynasty) and Princess Ka'iulani (who was of the Kalakaua dynasty). This looks like it could have been based on a photo of a modern Samoan dancer...the woman is wearing dance costume easily found represented in modern photos on the internet and elsewhere.

Donna Chaasadah replied:

Thank you I appreciate that information.

Donna Chaasadah replied:

I found it very interesting when I did my research that King Kamehameha the first looked like Mohamed Ali but after he left the scene the definition of what a Hawaiian looked liked changed. I just wanted to capture that look

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 Princess From Hawaii by Donna Chaasadah