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Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaiian tour celebrates natural beauty and powerful artistic convictions. Georgia O’Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands, vibran ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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As an adult reader, the text raised a lot of questions: Did the company commission O'Keeffe to paint a pineapple? Did they pay for her travels and her stay in return? Or was it less official? ("Come visit and if you paint a pineapple we'll buy it"?) Because there's part of me that says, if you're an artist and you accept a commission, I don't care how free-spirited and independent-minded you are, you need to follow through and deliver what you promised. So that not-keeping-your-word element mudd ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Illustrator Yuyi Morales takes inspiration in O'Keeffe's incredible collection of paintings done on her 3 month tour of Hawaii in 1939. The tour was the inspiration of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as Dole) - they wanted the famous flower painter to paint them two paintings of pineapples for a pineapple juice campaign.

Georgia wanted to live near the pineapple fields, but the company said "No! Only workers live near the fields." Georgia told them she was a worker, there to paint - and
The illustrations are gorgeous, but the story ended abruptly.
The Reading Countess
The famous artist was invited by The Hawaiian Pineapple Company, later known as Dole, to spend some time in the lush islands as prep work to paint two pieces for the company as ads. Three months later, she walked away with many ideas and a lifetime of memories thanks to her love of adventure. After submitting flowers to the company, though, they were not happy that her work didn't depict the exotic fruit many consumers at the time would be unaware of. She refused to be told what to paint, and th ...more
Mari Miyagi
Sep 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I picked up this book because the pictures are beautiful! The story was ok but I was mostly attending to the language (i.e., adjectives) the author used to describe each Hawaiian local flower. Because many children as well as adults don't know what flowers are grown in Hawaii and even what Hawaii looks like, those detailed descriptions would help them visualize and learn how adjectives can shape and articulate what you are trying to explain to people. This could be also a good culturally respons ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Robin Gibson
Georgia O'Keeffe once went to Hawaii, commissioned to paint a pineapple for the company that would become Dole. And she loved it, although she wanted to paint it her way. Did you know this story? I didn't! ...more
JJ Jones
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful picture book. Would be great to have students research the artist and discover her paintings.
Amanda Hughes
My sister suggested this book to me and I was pleased with the interesting read. I learned so much about the art and history behind the artist that I had no previous knowledge of. I adored the illustrations, so that was a bonus.
Sarah Nottingham
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Georgia in Hawaii, When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What she Pleased by Amy Novesky and illustrated by Yuyi Morales is about a young woman that journeyed across the Ocean to Hawaii to paint. Georgia O'Keeffe arrived in Hawaii after five days on the Ocean. When she arrived, she was greeted by native Hawaiian customs. While in Oahu she visited the pineapple fields and wanted to live nearby to paint but the company refused her request. Georgia was disgusted and refused to let anyone tell her what to p ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Yuyi Morales is the story of O'Keeffe's time in Hawaii painting, and her refusal to paint what others wanted, rather than what she wanted.

Morales' beautiful, bright, lush, acrylic illustrations in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe really carry this interesting, little-known story about O'Keeffe's time in Hawaii and the paintings she made there. My favorite images include given a pineapple, blue sea, fl
Amy Layton
I love Georgia O’Keeffe’s work, so I when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. Upon reading it, I realized that I…..didn’t actually…..know anything about Georgia O’Keeffe. Which is what made this book perfect!! It taught me about history, about art, and about O’Keeffe in a fun and engaging way with lots of incredible pictures. This book is phenomenal, and shows just how much of an inspiring and aware person O’Keeffe was. This is something I want to give my friends in exchange for introducin ...more
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe seems to be endlessly fascinating to many readers even years after her death. This partial picture book biography describes an incident in her life that occurred in 1939. In order to bring attention to its products, Hawaiiaan pineapple company had hired her to paint a pineapple. Georgia fell in love with the Hawaiian islands but not with the assignment. Inspired, she painted the landscape and the flowers that filled the islands, but no pineapple. Needless to say, the busi ...more
Lizzy Herda
Apr 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Georgia in Hawaii is a story about an African American artist who choses to paint what she pleases. Ignoring all instruction as to what she needed to paint, she explored the land of Hawaii painting the things that stood out to her. Being known for her beautiful flower paintings, she painted for satisfaction and traveled to the lands that attracted her ideas. I enjoyed this book in the sense that it gave off a sense of travel. I felt as if I was exploring the tropical lands of Hawaii as each page ...more
womanist bibliophile
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vibrant and enchanting illustrations. An insight into O’Keefe’s adventurous spirit, her ability to maintain both integrity and adaptability.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book 2012. It's not that this isn't a great book - it's just that I read it with students in mind and kept thinking - wow, I'd have to build a lot of background knowledge for them to understand this. Not that that's a bad thing. I think an art teacher exploring the work of O'Keefe could do this more justice than myself because of the power of Morales' illustrations. In the written text, there's a tension between O'Keefe and the pineapple company that could be d ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The pineapple company, now known as Dole, commissioned Georgia O'Keeffe to come to Hawaii and create two paintings for them in 1939. Included in this book is the story/biography of the three months O'Keeffe spent painting and exploring in Hawaii.

The illustrations in the book are beautiful recreations and interpretations of the twenty paintings O'Keeffe created about Hawaii, and other elements from paintings she made during her career as an artist. They enhance and add to the story, and hold the
Marika Graham
Novesky, Amy. (2012). Georgia in Hawaii. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Georgia in Hawaii is about the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and the time that was invited by a pineapple company to come to Hawaii in 1939 and paint a pineapple for their advertisement. The author, Amy Novesky, made sure to show Georgia O’Keeffe as a strong female who did what she wanted with a curious and adventurous spirit. The author also wrote the book in a way to still capture the attention of a younger audience althoug
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In 1939, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company commissioned two painting by Georgia O’Keeffe. This picture book is the story of her trip to Hawaii funded by the company. O’Keeffe spent time on each of the Hawaiian islands. Her first stop was Oahu where she saw pineapples in the fields. She wanted to spend time close to the plants as they grew, but the company did not approve. They gave her a pineapple that had been picked, but that was not the same for O’Keeffe. She next went to Maui where she spent ti ...more
Pamela Vargas
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Noted painter, Georgia O'Keefe, in February 1939 was invited by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to come to Hawaii to paint a pineapple. However, having a mind of her own Georgia wanted to stay on the pineapple plantation. The Company would not allow that, so determined Georgia was off to see the island and paint its beautiful flowers, not pineapples. ...more
Emily Hilkemann
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Georgia O’Keeffe gets hired by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company to paint a pineapple for them. So she gets to spend three months in Hawaii, but instead of painting pineapples, she paints flowers, the ocean, waterfalls and anything else she could find. I think this would fit well for first or second graders. I would recommend this book to a child for one of three reasons. It would be a great book to begin a lesson on Georgia O’Keeffe. It explains what she does as well as portraying some of her pers ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Georgia in Hawaii, written by Amy Novesky is a wonderful portrayal of Georgia O’Keefe’s journey to Hawaii in 1939. It tells the story of how O’Keeffe was hired by the Hawaii Pineapple Company (now known as Dole) to paint a pineapple for them. However, over the course of three months, O’Keeffe had other ideas for Dole. Novesky takes you on her three-month journey as Georgia discovers Hawaii and creates a collection of twenty paintings documenting t
Christine Turner
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawaiian tour celebrates natural beauty and powerful artistic convictions. Georgia O'Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted, whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands, vibrant flowers, feathered fishhooks, and the blue, blue sea. But did she paint what the pineapple company wanted most of all? Amy ...more
Vanessa Gomez RDG
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about Georgia O'Keeffe's trip to Hawaii. The Hawaiian Pineapple Company brought her to Hawaii to paint some pictures of pineapples. However, she didn't want to be told what or how to paint. So instead Georgia went off on her own and painted what she wanted. She painted other things from other islands that she liked. When she returned back to New York City, the company was not happy with her drawings since there wasn't a pineapple. Later on in the book, she gave them the pineapple dr ...more
Christina Getrost
Not a biography but an illustration of one incident from painter Georgia O'Keeffe's life, when the Hawaiian Pineapple company sent her to Hawaii, wanting her to paint pineapples for them to use. She didn't like being told what to paint, however, and so during and after her tour of the islands, she painted all the beautiful flowers and natural vistas she saw, but not really pineapples. Not until she was back in New York, and had even exhibited all those other Hawaiian paintings, did she finally r ...more
Joanne Zienty
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Georgia O'Keefe is renowned for her canvasses detailing the stark beauty of deserts of the American West and her floral series. This beautiful picture book brings to life a lesser known moment in her life, when she spent several months in Hawaii at the behest of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which later became Dole Food. The head honchos hired her to paint a canvas featuring their prime produce, the pineapple. Georgia, of course, did not want to be told what to paint. The result was sheet magi ...more
Debbie Tanner
This is ok. If you need to teach a lesson about doing things on your own terms, I guess this one would work. It tells about how Georgia O'Keefe went to Hawaii at the request of the Dole company. Dole would not give O'Keefe the unlimited access to the fields, farms, and workers that she wanted so she went off exploring on her own. She found really liked Hawaii and some of the beautiful flowers and colors there so she painted a series of those. Dole was a bit disappointed that there were no pineap ...more
Destinee Sutton
This is a beautiful book about a stubborn artist who refuses to paint what she's paid to paint (a pineapple for Dole). I liked it a lot up until the ending. The last page of the story reads, "And Georgia painted a pineapple!" but it doesn't show the painting of the pineapple. Anticlimax to the max. I had to google image search "Gerogia O'Keefe pineapple" to see it, and it doesn't really look like a pineapple. Then I saw that the illustration on the Author's Note page does indeed show a partially ...more
Kelly Havens
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This informational picture book was published in 2012 and is a biography about the artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. In 1939, a well-known pineapple company in Hawaii hired Georgia to travel to Hawaii and create two pineapple paintings for the company. However, Georgia did not appreciate being told what to create and instead traveled around the Hawaiian Islands and painted the beautiful scenery. At the end of her trip, Georgia returned to New York City with her new paintings in tow, but none were of a p ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the 1930s the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as Dole) commissioned Georgia's artwork and she spent time painting the breathtaking sights of the islands.

I was impressed with the way Georgia stood up for herself when the pineapple company tried to put restrictions on her artistic process. In the end, she created the pineapple masterpiece she was commissioned to create, but she did it on her terms and produced a unique image with memories from the heart.

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