20th Biennial Scholarship Auction for HPA is April 27

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<p>HPA students Kamaha’o Paio and Jared Akau display one of the many items presented for sale at the school’s Nineteenth Biennial Scholarship Auction held April 9, 2011. HPA’s 20th Biennial Scholarship Auction is Saturday evening, April 27, at the Fairmont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>
<p>Lloyd Sexton’s Ginger and Hi’ilawe Falls at Waipio Valley is expected to draw much interest at HPA’s 20th Biennial Scholarship Auction on Saturday evening, April 27, at the Faimont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HPA FOR NHN)</p>

The Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s 20th Biennial Scholarship Auction is Saturday evening, April 27, at the Fairmont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort. 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 Jim Bakker of James R. Bakker Antiques, Inc. presiding.

The biennial fundraiser is the brainchild of the late Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske, an early HPA board member and owner of Anna Ranch in Waimea. Perry-Fiske served as general chairman of the auction from 1974 to 1993.

The last two auctions in 2009 and 2011 raised a total of more than $1.2 million to benefit the school’s financial aid program. The school owns all auction items and 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to HPA students. Currently, 253 students—236 of whom are from Hawaii—receive assistance from the program.

This year’s auction is co-chaired by Laurie Ainslie, board of trustees member and former board chair, and Bernard Noguès, retired director of the Isaacs Art Center. Noguès, who served the school for 46 years, directed every Scholarship Auction since its inception in 1974.

The HPA Scholarship Auction will offer quality of items for sale. Gaylord Dillingham, director of the scholarship auction and director of the Isaacs Art Center, anticipates much interest in Lloyd Sexton’s Ginger and Hi’ilawe Falls at Waipio Valley painted circa 1950, and Madge Tennent’s Hawaiian Spring Song, an original oil on canvas painted in 1936.

Featured items also include a seascape by D. Howard Hitchcock, original paintings by Martha Greenwell, and works by the celebrated artists of the last 100 years, including Jean Charlot, Hon-Chew Hee, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Horatio Nelson Poole, Shirley Russell, Harry Wishard, and John Young. Other auction highlights include antique and modern koa furniture and bowls, and extraordinary vacation packages.

Dillingham will consider donations of interesting items, art objects, and services for the auction until March 31. All auction items are available online for preview at http://isaacsartcenter.hpa.edu/.

If you would like to support the auction, or purchase tickets, which are $150 per person, please contact Janet Melton at 881-4044, or e-mail advancement@hpa.edu. Tickets include dinner and complimentary wines and French champagne during the auction. Seating is limited and early ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.