This is an original lithograph on paper. This image was featured in the 1943 book, 'The Spirit of Hawaii Before and After Pearl Harbor, Watercolors, Drawings, and Lithographs by A.S. Macleod.' ( This book gives an account of Hawaii as it was in the early 1940s through the images and short descriptions of the artist.
Excerpt from the book:
Sampan Dock - Kewalo Basin
This is out of the past, that died on December 7, 1941. No more shall we see the Japanese fisherman loading ice, food, oil and gasoline into his sturdy craft. Long before Pearl Harbor the Navy distrusted the actions of the sampan fleet. Tales of hidden rendezvous in the far-off line islands, of watching our Fleet on its maneuvers, while in the guise of hunting for the wily tuna, were not, it seemed, so fantastic after all.
An example of this lithograph was also featured in an exhibition at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The following is a description of the exhibit, text provided by the HAA:
A.S. MacLeod: Prints of Hawaii at War and Peace. Jennifer Saville, Curator of Western Art says of the exhibit:
Canadian-born Alexander Samuel MacLeod (18881956) arrived in Hawaii in the early 1920s and, while working in the art departments of the magazine Paradise of the Pacific and the local papers, The Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, he was also an active member of Honolulu's arts community. As a painter and lithographer, he was celebrated for his direct and sympathetic representations of rural Oahu and Hawaii's native population. Living many years on the Windward side of Oahu, he became familiar with the Koolau Mountains-their shapes, patterns, and spatial relationships-and the lifestyle of Hawaiians as they engaged in daily pursuits such as holding a hukilau, cultivating taro, preparing for a luau, etc. In a civilian capacity during World War II, MacLeod also supervised a staff of Army artists at Fort Shafter who recorded in oil and watercolor wartime Hawaii and combat in the Pacific. MacLeod himself created a body of prints depicting those who served in the military along with scenes that suggest the war's impact on daily life. Although lesser-known, the latter lithographs are poignant reminders of Hawaii's contributions to the war effort.
In two rotations, A.S. MacLeod: Prints of Hawaii at War and Peace will feature a selection of lithographs from the Academy's collection. The first rotation (July 21October 16, 2005) will showcase a variety of MacLeod's representations of native Hawaiians; the second (October 20, 2005January 22, 2006) will feature a variety of vistas across the Koolau range along with images that depict Hawaii and its soldiers during the war years of the 1940s. Taken together the prints reflect MacLeod's bold draftsmanship, command of pictorial representation, and mastery of the lithographic process as well as the keen sensitivity he brought to recording the world around him.
Age: 20th Century
Size: 15 x 10.5 inches
Price: $1,500.00 USD