By KELSEY WALLING Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Thursday, August 24, 2023, 12:05 a.m.
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The completed Catalina Classic Commemorative Statue by Hawi artist Chris Barela celebrates the sport of prone paddling. It is being unveiled today in Manhattan Beach, Calif. (courtesy Photo/ Chris Barela)
Photo courtesy of Chris Barela Hawi artist Chris Barela first made a 1/4-scale preliminary sculpture using four different Hawaii models, including Wyatt Elder of Puako, to create the 18-foot bronze statue that will be unveiled today in Manhattan Beach, Calif. It is the third of three pieces he made for the Beach Cities area.
Photo courtesy of Chris Barela
Chris Barela applies clay to one of the paddle boarders for the Catalina Classic Commemorative Statue, which will be unveiled today in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Hawaii Island artist Chris Barela was looking forward to the unveiling of his third life-size statue in California yesterday.