AUDREY MARIE POOL KELLY

Posted On December 5th, 2010 -

AUDREY MARIE POOL KELLY

Audrey Marie Pool Kelly, known to many as Reezie or Aukele, died on November 28, 2010 at Hawaii Medical Center East in Honolulu.

Audrey was an accomplished artist, who specialized in portraits. She was born September 7, 1935 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as only child to Audrey Brenegar Pool and Dr. Glenn Pool, a Winston-Salem pediatrician. Audrey was a graduate of Salem Academy, of Mount Vernon College of Washington, D.C. and the Corcoran School of Art. She studied classical painting and drawing in Florence, Italy at the Simi Studio. She came to Hawaii in 1971.

Audrey was noted for her ability to capture the natural beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian people. That spirit finds focus among Native Hawaiians, but is shared among many of Hawaii’s diverse people. “She loved beauty,” and that inner beauty was her inspiration. She was especially interested in the revival of Hawaiian music and dance and had a special love for the volcanoes of the Big Island. Her paintings and drawings were shown for many years at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Gallery and at the Koolau Gallery.

For almost twenty years, she did the annual drawings for the poster for the hoike of Kuhai Halau Kawikakapuokalani Olapa Kahiko, as well as several notable paintings and drawings for musical recordings on CDs. Several of these for Olomana, Kawaikapuokalani Hewett and the late Kawai Cockett remain in circulation. In 1986, she was honored with a Na Hoku Hanohano award for the cover of Haunani Apoliona’s album, Na Lei Hulu Makua, Na Wahine Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband of fifty years, James Andrew Kelly of Honolulu, a former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs, and, earlier, a U.S. Navy Captain, son James A. Kelly of Syria, Virginia, daughter Audrey Archer Kelly-Berg of Hilo, Hawaii, hanai daughter Michelle Pearson-Cranshaw of San Francisco, and by grandson James Daniel Kelly of Hedgesville, West Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00PM, Wednesday, December 15 at Diamond Head Mortuary, 535 18th Avenue, Honolulu. Aloha Attire. Interment will be at a future date at the Arlington National Cemetery, in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Smile Train, 41 Madison Avenue, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010 or to one’s favorite charity.


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