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HPA scholarship auction set for April 25


WAIMEA, Island of Hawaii—The Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy’s Eighteenth Scholarship Auction will be held on Saturday, April 25, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Hosted cocktails and auction preview begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. the main event opens at 7:30 p.m. with Peter Stremmel of Stremmel Gallery in Reno presiding.

Tickets, which are $140 per person, include dinner and complimentary wines and French champagne during the auction. Seating is limited and early ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. A special hotel rate of $175 per night is being offered by the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for auction guests April 24-26. This rate may be extended by special request.

The biennial fundraiser is the brainchild of the late Anna Perry-Fiske. Bernard Nogues, director of the Scholarship Auction and Isaacs Art Center at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, says this event is the most successful of its kind in the state of Hawai‘i. The last auction in 2007 raised a record-high of $705,000 to benefit the school’s financial aid program. All auction items are owned by the school and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to HPA students. Currently, 176 students—142 of whom are from Hawai‘i—receive assistance from the program.

A trademark of the HPA Scholarship Auction is the quality of items presented for sale. Nogues anticipates much interest in a new-to-market 1887 Jules Tavernier oil on canvas of Halema‘uma‘u from an old estate, Madge Tennent’s Quilter, circa 1930 oil on canvas from the Honolulu Academy of Arts Summer 2007 Deaccession Sale purchased by a friend of HPA and given to the auction; a D. Howard Hitchcock 1935 oil of Kahana Bay, a gift from a loyal alumnus; and a Lloyd Sexton circa 1960 oil on canvas of Kalapana Beach. Other important works being offered include those by such highly respected artists as Jean Charlot, Robert Lee Eskridge, Peter Hayward, Martha Greenwell, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Hajime Okuda, Shirley Russell, Juanita Vitousek, and John Young. Auction highlights also include highly-desirable pieces of furniture and antique items, such as 19th century poi pounders, vacation packages, and gift certificates.

“For the last two years, we have been searching for items that are very special and I am happy to say, we have found them!” said Nogues. “One of the leading magazines in this country recently titled an article with the following words, ‘Quality Still Matters.’ If this is true, and I believe it is, this will be a wonderful auction, as our collection of art and one-of-a-kind items is perhaps the best ever.”

Nogues will consider donations of interesting items, art objects, and services for the auction until April 10. All auction items can be previewed online at

If you would like to support the auction or purchase tickets, contact Nogues at 808-885-5884 or by e-mail at

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