Robert L. Bates' Profile

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Bob moved to Oahu, Hawaii as a Navy dependent in 1950.  He attended school on Oahu and graduated in 1958.  He then served in the Army National Guard after which he relocated to Kailua Kona in 1963.  He raised his family in Kailua Kona.  Bob was one of the first real estate brokers in Kailua Kona.
That was almost 50 years ago.  My how time flies!  Having spent so many years in the islands, Bob has listened to and read the many myths and stories about the ever popular beliefs of the ancient people of Hawaii.  These legends and myths explain many of the words and customs of today's Hawaii.  Bob has always been fascinated by this subject.  Through his art, he expresses his aloha and understanding of the Hawaiian people.  Because of this spirit he is "Hawaiian at heart" and is called "Lopaka" which is the Hawaiian translation for Robert.
In the early 1990's, Bob was painting in oils.  In…

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Bob moved to Oahu, Hawaii as a Navy dependent in 1950.  He attended school on Oahu and graduated in 1958.  He then served in the Army National Guard after which he relocated to Kailua Kona in 1963.  He raised his family in Kailua Kona.  Bob was one of the first real estate brokers in Kailua Kona.
That was almost 50 years ago.  My how time flies!  Having spent so many years in the islands, Bob has listened to and read the many myths and stories about the ever popular beliefs of the ancient people of Hawaii.  These legends and myths explain many of the words and customs of today's Hawaii.  Bob has always been fascinated by this subject.  Through his art, he expresses his aloha and understanding of the Hawaiian people.  Because of this spirit he is "Hawaiian at heart" and is called "Lopaka" which is the Hawaiian translation for Robert.
In the early 1990's, Bob was painting in oils.  In 2001 he discovered watercolors.  He found this a more challenging medium.  All of his art work since has the brilliant colors and hues that this medium can create.
Though Kona is home, Bob travels to other parts of the world to capture the beauty of other cultures in watercolors.  Look for these interpretations of places like Olympia Greece, an Eskimo village in Alaska as well as other parts of the beautiful state of Hawaii.
Now you can enjoy any of these works of fine art in the variety of forms available from the practicality of note cards to the sheer enjoyment of a museum quality giclee.  View these images and immerse yourself in their meaning.  Original pieces of artwork are available upon request.

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