Papa Tony Tamba - Wainiha 1975

Papa Tony Tamba - Wainiha 1975

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Papa Tony Tamba, a taro farmer in Wainiha Valley, was born in the Philippines. His first job in Hawaii was field laborer at the Makaweli Plantation on Kauai's Westside. He later married into an extended Hawaiian family on the North Shore, learned to grow taro, and became a renowned fisherman and net maker. Note the phonetically spelled "Kawai" tattoo on his right arm. After the advent of the Hawaiian studies program in the 1980s at the University of Hawaii, it became politically correct among students to pronounce Kauai as Kaua'i, making it rhyme with Hawaii by adding an "okina" that their parents and grandparents never used. After that breach began the deluge, and okinas proliferated in written and spoken Hawaiian like spilled rice.

Papa Tony's photo appeared on the January 2016 cover of The Sun magazine.

Prints are on Hahnemuhle heavyweight (315 gsm) 100% archival cotton “Photo Rag Baryta” paper, using archival inks and archival spray coating. They have a 200-year life expectancy before any deterioration of the print will be observed when stored, handled, and displayed under archival conditions.

What is often called “Gallery Wrap Canvas” is a fine art inkjet (Giclee) print on canvas, with printed edges to wrap around a wooden stretcher frame, like a painting. With canvas prints, your print image is still the same size, but given a "wrap effect" around the edges to account for the thickness of the stretcher. Canvas can be rolled and shipped with no effect to the print. Your local framing shop should be able to mount the canvas to stretchers at a fraction of the cost of traditional framing, making for an overall more economical way to get fine art on your wall. The canvas is printed to wrap around a 1-inch stretcher (1.5 inches on larger sizes). Specifications will be provided with your order. Feel free to contact us if you need guidance with your canvas order.

John prints, titles, dates, and signs all of his photos.

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