Hawaiian native Kuhane Blackburn was raised with a love and appreciation of art, architecture, and the environment. Seventeen years old, Blackburn has assisted in his family's many business and volunteer ventures. He provides customer service for their Pennsylvania-based oriental rug store and assists with inventory acquisition for his mother's art gallery in Honolulu, Hawaii. This particular position grants Kuhane Blackburn the opportunity to travel throughout the world to find pieces for display.
Kuhane Blackburn volunteers yearly with the Hawaii Audubon Society and the Sierra Club. Along with his family, Blackburn has helped rescue a large number of the federally protected Wedge-tailed Shearwater birds. Blackburn also assists in taking care of birds that have been abandoned or injured. He has dedicated numerous weekends to cleaning and helping to restore the Freeman Shearwater bird lot in Honolulu.
Kuhane Blackburn's passion for architecture grew as he traveled throughout the world, learning about art and exploring museums. Blackburn continued to expand his knowledge during a summer program at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture. While studying there, Kuhane Blackburn had the privilege of meeting curator John Rattenbury and architectural photographer Julius Shulman.
Kuhane Blackburn plans to attend Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Architecture.