Hula Dancer by John Kelly
John Melville Kelly (1878-1962), an Irish artist living in Hawaii and who was accomplished in several graphic techniques, most notably etching and aquatint. His collectibility was mainly established through the wonderful depictions of Hawaiian people. Kelly was an early advocate of the Hawaiian people and their rights. His favorite model, Marion, can be recognized in many of these Matson menu covers, which themselves have become highly collectible items from an era when the spirit and romance of Hawaii readily anchored itself in the heart of the visitor with the docking of each luxury liner.