Hawaiian Highlights

August 17 – October 31, 2009

UAMS Library, Second Floor Gallery

Photography by Mary L. Ryan, M.L.S., M.P.H., Director, UAMS Library and Marie J. Ryan, B.S.E., Librarian, Christ the King Catholic School | We have wanted to see the world since we were children growing up together as twin sisters in a large family in a small northeast Arkansas town called Walnut Ridge. We never traveled far as children, so we spent our summers at the one-room Lawrence County Public Library reading about other parts of the world and dreaming of visiting them. We decided then that we wanted to see as much of the world as we reasonably could. After graduating from college, we went in separate directions for many years, but twelve years ago we both moved back to Arkansas and began traveling together in a mad dash to see as much of the world as we can before we get too old to be able to enjoy it.

We traveled to Hawaii in 1977 on a University of Arkansas Alumni Association trip and thought it was a gorgeous place. This year we were fortunate enough to visit Hawaii again, and all of the pictures in our exhibit were taken there on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai and Maui.

Neither of us has any formal training in photography. We use simple point and shoot cameras (a Canon G10 and a Panasonic Lumix) and we usually just leave the camera on the automatic setting, although we have discovered a few other settings recently (flowers, sunsets, etc.). We are afraid that if we let the photography process get too complicated, we’ll spend too much time trying to take pictures instead of enjoying the scenery. We just love the natural beauty of our planet and try to capture it in simple photographs to remind us of the wonderful places we have visited.

We thought it was especially appropriate to highlight Hawaii in this exhibit since this year is the 50th anniversary of the addition of Hawaii to the United States of America. We hope these pictures give viewers a nice glimpse of the natural beauty of Hawaii and provide an interesting experience.

For more information about the photographs, contact Mary at (501) 686-6730 or