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14. Kung Fu Bill Malapit, 1977

14. Kung Fu Bill Malapit, 1977

Regular price $1,300.00 Sale

Kung Fu Bill lived alone, above John James, in a house high in the trees near the Limahuli stream.  Bill played the congas and often, in the afternoon, you could hear him from everywhere in camp pounding out a beat for hours, sometimes accompanying his drums with spoken word refrains. One of his mantras that I still remember was, “Chicks with checks.”  That caught my attention and I climbed up into his tree house and asked if I could take his picture.

Bill was the younger brother of Eduardo Malapit, the country prosecutor who drafted an ordinance against hitch-hiking to harass the hippies, and then won a seat on the County Council for his strong stand against Taylor Camp. Eduardo was then elected Mayor, promising to close the camp.

“I was Mayor of Kauai from 1974 to 1982. Lot of changes, all good. I was a prosecutor before that. We had a lot of these guys, and they started hitch hiking and they started to camp here and there, sleep down at the beach. That was the beginning of it all. We had a plantation economy at that time and people just did not like Taylor Camp because it was different. I got complaints.  People did not like hippies, they were planting marijuana all over the place. They were throwing marijuana seeds in the river, then the marijuana would be growing on the banks. I did a big marijuana plan with the police department; it was getting quite big back then.”

                                                                                        – Mayor Eduardo Malapit




Archival 19 x 12.875-inch inkjet photos printed on 22 x 17-inch Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta—a pure100% Cotton Fine Art paper, acid and lignin-free, with the classic look of analog darkroom prints. Each photograph is spray-coated to meet the most exacting archival requirements—sealing the print surface and protecting the photo from dirt, fingerprints, moisture, fading, airborne contamination, and ozone damage.


1. Crescent RagMat window mat and backing boards.

Crescent’s 100% Cotton RagMat Museum Solid C1153, with image border reveal of 5/16-inch top and sides with 7/16-inch bottom for title, date, and signature. Mat revealed (after framing) 4-inch top and sides and 4.25-inch bottom.

2. Mounting and Framing Procedures

Polyester film mounting corners approved by the Library of Congress. Studio Molding, #3345 Madera Grey frame, rabbet lined with conservation sealing tape. Mounting procedure is reversible. Finish dimension is approximately
30 x 21.5-inches. Framing process meets all Library of Congress Conservation Standards.

3. Glazing

Non-glare, UV protective shatterproof acrylic Tru Vue Museum Glass.