Herb Kawainui Kane, a Hawaiian artist, historian and a founder of the Polynesia Voyaging Society who designed and helped build the voyaging canoe Hokule\’a, died on 9th March 2011.The Kona resident was 82.
Kane was born in 1928, he was raised on the Big Island in Waipio Valley and Hilo, and Wisconsin.After serving in the Navy he studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received a master\’s degree in 1953, and at the University of Chicago.His paintings have appeared on seven postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, as well as stamps for the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and French Polynesia. Kane\’s Hawaii commemorative stamp for the U.S. Postal Service, celebrating 50 years of statehood, was released in August 2009. Kane\’s painting on the stamp is of a surfer riding a wave beside a couple surfing an outrigger canoe.