Thursday, April 2, 2015
A successful farmer and responsive diplomat … but, Furneaux is best known as an artist. His reputation is mainly based on the paintings he created in Hawaiʻi, especially those of erupting volcanoes. Charles Furneaux (1835–1913) was born in Boston and became a drawing instructor in that area.
For many years he lived in the town of Melrose, Massachusetts. In 1880, Furneaux came from Boston to Hawaiʻi as a tourist; he decided to stay. Furneaux spent the rest of his life in Hawaiʻi as a painter, teacher and coffee farmer. He died in Hawaiʻi in 1913. A lane in downtown Hilo is named for him.
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