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Eva Laird Smith steps down as director of Hawaii Arts FoundationUPDATED 6:43 PM HST Nov 21, 2013Video Transcript
a thousand words... But tonight an iconic Hawaiian photo is CAUSING far more words than that ... And most of them are pretty bad! Good evening, I'm Yunji De Nies. And I'm Paula Akana. A classic picture is in the middle of a firestorm tonight... One that caused a shakeup at the State Foundation on Culture and the arts... KITV4's Catherine Cruz joins us now with tonight's top story... Eva Laird-Smith is stepping down as head of the organization whose mission is to be an advocate for artists. But the misuse of a copy-righted image is what has led to her downfall. Eva Laird-Smith is to step down at the end of the year. She left on a previously scheduled vacation last night after a contentious meeting that called her leadership into question - Barbara Saromines-Ganne 32;12 - 32: 16 "We all agreed that the resignation was in the best interest of the state foundation," This image digitally manipuated and cropped image used to promote Fashion month is what triggered the debacle It happened to be a image of a revered hula dancer Iolani Luahine that triggered out rage across the native Hawaiian community. - REX TAPE Annelle Amaral 14:50- 15: 04 -"Do you understand that she is cultural icon, that she is adored by us. Do the values of the hawaiian community matter to you at all, at all?" The original photo was taken by photographer Frances Haar. His son recognized the image and wrote to the foundation that it was being used without permission. The Foundation says to its horror it realized the altered image was used on coffee mugs t-shirts and tote bags to raise money for the foundation. - Anel Amerall 20: 04 20 : 18 - "You have an electronic document here and for all we know this document could be in Japan and other images are of Luahine without a head and hands and are now being produced and you now have no control over this" That spuured a call for action by a UH professor speaking at a digital summit in Waikiki about the care of art in the digital age - Danilelle 40: 12- 40:24- The new director has to come int with a progressive platform for the rioghts of indigenous people and the rights of intellectual property This is the new age and we have to respond to it" Conway JOnes says this art flap goes right to the issue--sadly it involved the very agency that is supposed to be the watchdog of artists. - Danielle 38: 31- 38: 41 -"If the exact office that was supposed to protect these type of interests will not do the due dilegence themselves, then how do we expect the public to?" - Barbara 34: 15- 34: 20 - "This was a horrible mistake. I don't know what else to say" We have been told the items that were branded with the altered image have been destroyed. Any money that was raised before they were pulled off the shelves will be given to the Haar family.