One of the largest D. Howard Hitchcock paintings ever done, this diorama is of Haleakala Crater, looking eastward to the island of Hawaii (Big Island) with the snow-capped summit of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa situated above the clouds. This is the largest, 50″ X 80″ in the frame, of five large paintings Hitchcock was specially commissioned to paint for the owner of the InterIsland Steamship Navigation Company in Hawaii. This painting hung in the steamship Haleakala and still is in its original wood frame. Passed through descent it remains in the original owner’s family. Signed and dated 1925, restored in 1936, (by Hitchcock), lower left.