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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.

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Visiting museums, traveling, viewing great architecture, exploring new places, tennis, skateboarding

Work experience



Mauna Kea Galleries

Helping my mother in purchasing items for her Art Gallery in Honolulu, Hawaii. I have traveled around the world with her looking for new acquisitions. Assist my mother in seeking out items for store inventory. Help in some of the display set ups for the gallery.



Wholesale Rug

Assist in my family's oriental rug business. Deal directly with the public in a positive and helpful manner. Assist employees of our store in showing handmade rugs to customers upon demand. This is physically demanding but also rewarding when you have a happy customer.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

I have been accepted to SCAD for fall of 2010 to begin my studies in Architecture. I am very excited to be studying my passion.