“Kaulele (Taking Flight)” at Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School
“Kaulele (Taking Flight),” a bronze and stainless steel sculpture by artist Kim Duffett, has been dedicated at the Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School.
About the Artwork
This bronze and stainless steel sculpture by Kim Duffett depicts an ʻio – Hawaiian hawk – flying through ocean waves.
About the Artist
Working in various media, including wood, bronze, stone, cast resin and ceramics, Duffett has created commissions for the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts at He‘eia Elementary, Holomua Elementary and Royal School.
About the Art Advisory Committee
The Art Advisory Committee for this work of art was Jan Iwase (Principal – retired), Karen Tiller Polivka (Commissioner, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts), and Lynn Okazaki. The role of the Art Advisory Committee is to make recommendations to the SFCA regarding the development and design of a given art project, including location, medium, distinguishing features of the artwork, and selection of the artist. The SFCA appoints members of the Art Advisory Committee from users of the facility and representatives from the community in which the facility is located. The committee chairperson is a representative of the state department, division or agency to which that state building or space is assigned. Others from the committee who serve as a resource or advisory member may include some or all of the following: the project architect, representatives of the state comptroller, representatives of state departments that are responsible for the construction or renovation, representatives of the APP Program, and as appropriate, SFCA-appointed artists or technical experts. The SFCA determines the method in which the art project should be commissioned.
About the Location
The school, located on Schofield Barracks in Wahiawa, has over 900 students, most of whom are military dependents.
The sculpture was funded through the Art in Public Places Program of the SFCA, which receives one percent of the construction and renovation costs for state buildings to integrate art into the built environment of Hawai‘i.
About the Art in Public Places Program
The Art in Public Places Program (APP Program) was created to strengthen the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ capability to stimulate, guide and promote culture and the arts through the field of the visual arts. The APP Program seeks to: enhance the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces throughout the state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivate the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts in all media, styles and techniques; contribute toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquire, interpret, preserve and display works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands, the multicultural heritage of its people, and the various creative interests of its artists. Artwork in the Art in Public Places Collection can be viewed online in the Art in Public Places online catalog as well as the Public Art Archive (www.publicartarchive.org).