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Hawaiian Nature Artist, Patrick Ching, has published 34 beautiful images not previous seen. Available in matted print and Giclée on Canvas. Also posted are 4 new originals for sale! NEW RELEASE SPECIAL - 20% OFF Prints/Giclées & 10% OFF ORIGINALS (EXPIRES 2/29/12) Back to the top
34 Previously Unseen Images (Sorted Alphabetically)

Akaka Falls ‘I‘iwi
Inspiration: Famous Akaka Falls, in the area of Honomu in the Hilo district of the Big Island, is the backdrop for this painting. The scarlet-colored Hawaiian Honeycreeper called I’iwi is the bird featured next to the blossoming Lehua flower of the Ohi’a tree. In the distance are white-tailed tropicbirds known as Koa’e Kea. This painting also features Polynesian introduced plants such as the ti and breadfruit. More...
Blue Canoe
Inspiration: This scene from the north shore of Kauai represents an important time of transition from old Hawaii to the modern age. The thatched roofs and wooden canoes are carryovers from the old, but still existed well after the introduction of paint and Ironwood trees. In the distance looms Mount Makana, bearing silent witness to both pre-contact (old) Hawaii and post-contact (after the arrival of westerners) Hawaii. The blue canoe rests beneath the long shadows of morning, while a poi dog looks out to sea. More...
Brazilian Cardinals
Inspiration: What’s more than a Gazillion? Answer: A Brazilian! Actually these red crested Cardinals, also know as “Brazilian Cardinals” were introduced to Hawaii around 1930 from South America. Whenever a visitor starts to ask “Wha…” I tell them “Brazilian Cardinal” because I know they’re going to ask me “What is the bird with the red head?” The Cardinals in this painting are perched above a red hibiscus flower bush with the falls of Kilauea, Kauai in the distance. The birds were inspired by photographs by Jim Denny. More...
Child of the Forest
Inspiration: "This is my self portrait" says artist Patrick Ching. It reminds me of myself in my mother's arms. The artist came across this sphagnum moss formation growing among the Waiwi (miniature guava) on the forest floor in Ka Mana Nui (Moanalua) Valley. "Ka Mana Nui has always been a second mother to me." More...
Crater Hill Tropics
Inspiration: White Tailed Tropicbirds soar off Crater Hill at the Kilauea Point Wildlife refuge on Kaua’i. The view from Crater hill offers a vista of Moku’ae‘ae Island and Mokolea point which are places reserved for wildlife such as seabirds and Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene goose.

Patrick Ching did this painting while he was a ranger at Kilauea point. This painting was done left handed because the artist’s right (painting hand) was broken in an equestrian accident. More...
Entangled Lovers
Inspiration: Artist Patrick Ching grew up exploring the jungles of urban Oahu. "When I came across this ficus tree wrapped around a coconut palm I immediately assumed they were in love. Later I found out the ficus was strangling the palm tree. I guess that’s how lovers are sometime. This worms eye view of the entwined trees was originally done in oil paint during Ching's senior year in High School 1980. It was the top painting in the National Scholastic Arts Competition and is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Museum. More...
Haena Glass
Inspiration: A Hawaiian Monk Seal happens upon a glass float at the Haena district of Kauai’s north shore. Mount Makana, known as “Bali Hai” in the classic Movie “South Pacific”, is the background feature. The sparkling waters of Kauai are the perfect playground for the ‘Ilio-holo-kai or “dog of the sea”. More...
Hanalei Moa Bettah
Inspiration: This image features the famous “Moa Kane” (rooster in Hawaiian) which abounds virtually everywhere on the island of Kauai. These birds thrive on Kauai so well because there are no mongoose on the island to eat them. All the other main Hawaiian islands have mongoose. More...
Hilo Bay Mauna Kea
Inspiration: Majestic snow capped Mauna Kea as seen from the Sui San Market on Hilo Bay. This painting was done for a Hilo native named Aloha. It reminds her of her favorite memories of growing up in Hilo with her father, dogs and meeting her beloved husband. It was done in honor of her favorite volcano. The dark waters of Hilo bay reflect the colors of the sky, mountain and large tree which no longer stands. More...
Honu Kisses
Inspiration: Hawaii’s Green Turtle known as Honu swim into certain areas of the reef known as “Cleaning Stations” to be preened by fish in a symbiotic relationship that benefits the fish, because they eat algae and small animals off the honu, and benefits the honu as it gets its shell cleaned. The fish featured in this painting are yellow tangs lau ipala, gold eye surgeonfish kole, Moorish idol kihikihi, surgeonfish paku’ikui’i, red goatfish kumu, jack crevalle papio, saddlebacked wrasse hinalea and red wrasse. Honu Kisses was largely inspired by a photograph of a sea turtle taken by Scott Hanft www.scotthanftfinearts.com More...
Honu Lulu
Inspiration: This young Green Sea Turtle hovers in the protected waters of a shallow Hawaiian lagoon. In Hawaiian, Honu is the name of the green sea turtle and lulu means "sheltered". Honu Lulu can be translated as "sheltered turtle" (the name of Hawaii's state capital, Honolulu, means "sheltered bay"). In the background are assorted reef fish including the Uhu or parrot fish, a school of Kala or unicorn fish, and the Kihikihi or Moorish Idol. The bright red pencil urchin and black urchins are scattered among the coral reef as is the maroon colored algea called Limu Kohu. The turtle in this painting was inspired by a photograph by Michael Nolan. More...
Horizon
Inspiration: Taking your child for a horseback ride on a Secluded Beach is one measure of wealth.

This mom and son look toward the horizon and think about loved ones far away. The horse in this painting is Ehukai, a magical mare in the care of artist Patrick Ching More...
Ka Wai Nui
Inspiration: This painting was done for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i 2007 wildlife poster. Kawainui Marsh is located in the ‘ahupua‘a of Kailua on the island of O‘ahu. In 2007, a large section of the marsh was turned over to the State of Hawai‘i for protection and management.



The painting features Ulupo Heiau and Mount Olomana, native water birds – including the ae‘o (stilt), ‘alae ‘ula (gallinule), ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa (duck), and ‘auku’u night heron – the native neke fern, kaluha and ‘uki sedges, and hau hele wai hibiscus. Look carefully and you will also see a native pinao dragonfly and nymph, ‘o‘opu goby fish, and hapawai mollusks.



Huawahine, guardian of the marsh, takes the form of a woman above water and a Mo’o (reptilian demi-god) below water. More...
Kalalau Lookout
Inspiration: The view of Kalalau, the largest valley on the Na Pali coast, is one of the most picturesque scenes in the world. The scenes from the four thousand foot Kalalau lookout in Koke’e State Park change constantly. The red Lehua blossoms of the ‘ohia tree produce nectar that is a favorite food of Hawaii’s native forest birds. More...
Kalihi Wai
Inspiration: Where the river meets the sea on Kauai’s north shore is a place of magic called Kalihiwai. This is where my Kauai studio is located. It seems like the world starts its day here. This mystic spring day a faint rainbow shows up. Red Cardinals sound that spring is here. In the foreground ‘Iwa (Great Frigate Birds) circle in an updraft. More...
Kawena's Paint
Inspiration: My daughter Kawena asked me to paint a paint horse for her. The setting is Waimea on the Island of Hawaii. In anticipation of her horse Ehukai’s foal, Kawena said sales from this painting can help pay for keeping her new horse. More...
Koke’e Moa Bettah
Inspiration: A proud rooster perches on a rock in Koke’e State Park on the island of Kauai. These roosters and chicken’s are descendants of Pacific Jungle Fowl brought to Hawaii by ancient navigators aboard large ocean going canoes. These birds thrive on Kauai so well because there are no mongoose on the island to eat them. All the other main Hawaiian islands have mongoose. More...
Kolea
Inspiration: The Pacific Golden Plover called Kolea, is a migratory bird that nests in the summers on the Alaskan Tundra and returns to Hawai’i each year, each fall.

In this painting the Kolea is seen sporting its breeding plumage with the dark face and breast area. The Polynesian voyagers paid special attention to the Kolea’s flight patterns knowing that the birds used the islands like stepping stones on their northward migration. More...
Lavender Sky
Inspiration: “Lavender Sky” occurs on special evenings when the Earth’s shadow is cast into the twilight sky by the Ko’olau Mountains towering over Waimanalo. Patrick Ching saw this happening outside his art studio and mixed the colors on the spot. He then proceeded to paint the picture from the memory of that evening. More...
Lumahaibiscus
Inspiration: Lumahai River meets the ocean on Kauai’s north shore. At the waters edge the indigenous yellow hibiscus called Hau grows in thickets. As the Hau flower ages it turns more orange then red. The flowers often fall into the stream and flow out to sea. Kauai’s famous sunrise shells are often found here at Lumahai. The shells are similar in color to the hau flower. More...
Makapu‘u Centennial
Inspiration: On October 1, 1909 the Makapu’u Lighthouse shone for the first time. Its twelve foot tall hyper-radiant lens is the largest in the world. Artist Patrick Ching has a longtime relationship with lighthouses. In the 1980’s and 90’she lived at the Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai before moving to Waimanalo town in 1992. At Waimanalo he spends many of his mornings surfing the bay below the Makapu’u Lighthouse or running the path that overlooks it. More...
Makapu‘u Lookout-Whale Season
Inspiration: The path to the Makapu‘u Lighthouse provides a great view overlooking the historic light and east Oahu. During the winter months humpback whales visit the islands and can often be seen at the Makapu'u area. More...
Manana Moon
Inspiration: When you see Manana Rabbit’s Island by moonlight, you will never forget it.



This view of a full moon sparkling it’s reflection on the twilight sea was done from artist Patrick Ching’s front yard in Waimanalo. More...
Manu ‘Iwa
Inspiration: The Great Frigate Bird or ‘Iwa is a symbol of beauty and cleansing. It is also known as a thief for its habit of stealing fish from other birds. ‘Iwa nest on the Northwest Hawaiian Islands where the male builds a nest then sings and shakes while displaying his iridescent plumage which is especially vibrant during mating season. This painting was my father’s favorite. Being a “bird man” he really appreciated the feather work. More...
Na Pali Sunset
Inspiration: You’ll never forget the Na Pali Cliffs at sunset on Kauai’s north shore. Reflections of the vibrant sky dance in the waves lapping up on shore. The sights, sounds and scents will revisit you through this painting. Let your mind soar through it like the great frigate bird gliding through the whimsical clouds. More...
Na Pali Tropics
Inspiration: The trail along the Na Pali coast of Kauai is about the most scenic the world has to offer. Along the way you will encounter long leafed pandanas trees called Hala in Hawaiian. The female Hala tree bears a fruit that resembles a pineapple. It breaks into sections and each key is like a tiny paintbrush. The Male tree has a flower called Hinano. It is believed to have aphrodisiac powers. The white tailed tropic bird called Koa‘e Kea frequently soars along the cliffs of the Na Pali coast. More...
Olomana Greens
Inspiration: From the title, one would think this would be a painting of a golf course. “Olamana Greens” is actually a celebration of green colors; those of the majestic mountain view windward Oahu, and also the aqua greens that artist Patrick Ching was inspired to do this painting while viewing Olomana Green, from a canoe off Bellow’s Beach. More...
Pa Honu
Inspiration: This historic pond in Waimanalo is named Pa Honu or “Turtle Enclosure”. There are gaps in the enclosure where gates used to keep in live turtles for the area’s chiefs.
The spot is a safe swimming area for families and the Honu are now free to enter and leave as they wish. More...
Pu‘uanahulu Pueo
Inspiration: The Pu’uanahulu Church on the upper road between Kona and Waimea on the Big Island is the setting for this painting. The Church was originally located near the ocean and was moved up mauka. The native short eared owl, called Pueo, is in the foreground. The Pueo is a spiritual guardian or ‘aumakua to Hawaiians. More...
Rabbit Head
Inspiration: On a calm Kona wind day the Island of Manana seems to float on the ocean just off Waimanalo Beach. Manana, which literally means “buoyant,” is the Hawaiian name of this island, which is also known as “Rabbit Island”. It was named so because rabbits once inhabited it and it also resembles a rabbit swimming with its head above water. Manana is the nesting ground for thousands of seabirds including wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns shown gliding over the water. More...
Red Horse Mauna Kea
Inspiration: The setting sun shines up the slopes of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii as a pair of horses strut across a grassy ridge. Remnant patches of snowfall decorate the summit of Mauna Kea which has a pinkish glow in the distance. The modern observatories on the summit of the mountain have not yet been built. More...
Shark Wave
Inspiration: Some of our most protected surf spots are frequented by sharks, like this tiger shark, shown beneath the wave’s surface. The Hawaiian Name for shark is Mano.

Artist Patrick Ching has worked around tiger sharks, often beneath the surface, during his time as a wildlife ranger on the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. He says they are “one of earth’s most beautiful animals”. More...
Shearwater Moon
Inspiration: This print is done from an original oil painting by Patrick Ching in 2009, featuring the endangered Newell’s Shearwater. This large seabird nests in burrows in the ground, making the young chicks easy prey for unsupervised cats and dogs. They are attracted to bright lights at night and become disoriented, often colliding with electrical poles, wires, etc., and falling helplessly to the ground where many are killed.

This painting was selected by the Hawaii Conservation Council for their annual environmental poster in 2009. More...
Shoreline Cruisers
Inspiration: A pair of blue-finned jacks called ‘omilu are shown here near shore. Jacks will cruise the shoreline in search of a meal like smaller goatfish called oama. The fish can be seen in the shallow water from a great distance away. More...


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4 New Originals

Na Pali Tropics
Ref. No.: 10428 ** Price: $ ** 3,500 $3,150Size: 11x14 ** Limited Edition: Yes ** Inspiration: The trail along the Na Pali coast of Kauai is about the most scenic the world has to offer. Along the way you will encounter long leafed pandanas trees called Hala in Hawaiian. The female Hala tree bears a fruit that resembles a pineapple. It breaks into sections and each key is like a tiny paintbrush. The Male tree has a flower called Hinano. It is believed to have aphrodisiac powers. The white tailed tropic bird called Koa‘e Kea frequently soars along the cliffs of the Na Pali coast. More...
Kawena's Paint
Ref. No.: 10429 ** Price: $ ** 3,000 $2,700Size: 11x14 ** Limited Edition: Yes ** Inspiration: My daughter Kawena asked me to paint a paint horse for her. The setting is Waimea on the Island of Hawaii. In anticipation of her horse Ehukai’s foal, Kawena said sales from this painting can help pay for keeping her new horse. More...
Red Horse Mauna Kea
Ref. No.: 10430 ** Price: $ ** 4,000 $3,600Size: 12x24 ** Limited Edition: Yes ** Inspiration: The setting sun shines up the slopes of Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii as a pair of horses strut across a grassy ridge. Remnant patches of snowfall decorate the summit of Mauna Kea which has a pinkish glow in the distance. The modern observatories on the summit of the mountain have not yet been built. More...
Koke’e Moa Bettah
Ref. No.: 10431 ** Price: $ ** 2,000 $1,800Size: 11x14 ** Limited Edition: Yes ** Inspiration: A proud rooster perches on a rock in Koke’e State Park on the island of Kauai. These roosters and chicken’s are descendants of Pacific Jungle Fowl brought to Hawaii by ancient navigators aboard large ocean going canoes. These birds thrive on Kauai so well because there are no mongoose on the island to eat them. All the other main Hawaiian islands have mongoose. More...

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