In 1960 and '61, my husband and I lived on the North Shore of Oahu, down the road from James Michener's home, which was near Waimea Falls and I read his novel, 'Hawaii' while I was there. At that time the area around Waimea River and the waterfall was a wild rain forest and it was later turned into a park with a garden full of exotic flowers and birds, including peacocks. The painting is from a photo of the path to the waterfall taken at the new park, when I went back to visit in 1983 and it was painted awhile after that. Somewhere in my collection of old slides, I probably have pictures taken in the early '60's of the old rain forest and Michener's home.
Times and places change.
The oil painting was displayed at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville, TN in July, 2013, during the stage play of 'South Pacific'.