WAIKIKI - A Waikiki hotel offers a free public exhibit of the work of American painter and printmaker John Melville Kelly, whose work depicting Polynesians often likens him to Tahiti's Gauguin. Often considered the “Gaugin of Hawaii,” Kelly was acknowledged as a master craftsman and received national acclaim for his mastery of original etchings of the Native Hawaiian culture and his portrayal of his subjects.

Now that work is on display at Halekulani in its gallery from January 16 to March 15. "JOHN KELLY:  THE ART OF OLD HAWAII" will show his powerful archetypal visions of Hawaii in the early to mid 1900s.