The Big Island of Hawaiʻi is known for its active volcanoes. The “Kīlauea” painting was made in memory of the unexpected May 2018 eruption that changed the Big island landscape and impacted so many families in the Island. The Kilauea was the world’s longest continuously erupting volcano until it ended the lava flows on the fall of 2018.
The Ōhiʻa lehua (flowering evergreen tree) depicted represents life in the midst of devastation. Lehua is the official flower of the Big Island and is endemic to the Islands of Hawaii. The ʻŌhiʻa trees grow easily on lava rock and can grown as large as a tall tree or a small shrub. Preserving this endemic species is crucial to maintaining other species that depend on it.
Based on the amazing suggestion from this Facebook post I painted the #Pueo witch is another endemic Hawaiian Bird. Pueo is the Hawaiian name for the short-eared owl that is also in the group of the endangered species, particularly in O’ahu. In contrast with other owls, they are active throughout the day. The Pueo are often killed by cars in a possible attempt to hunt by going after the headlights. Drive safely if you encounter this beautiful bird in the road!
I started a collection on endemic Hawaiian Birds. I previously had a commission to paint the I’iwi but now decided to continue to expand to help create awareness on these beautiful birds.
This time I painted the Hawaiian goose known as Nene, the Hawaiian State bird. One of Nene’s favorite food are the berries of a a small shrub called Ohelo ‘ai which is also endemic to Hawaii, also represented in this panting.
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.” Revelation 22:1-2.
“Na Mokulua” in Hawaiian means “The Two Islands”.
Also known as the “Twin Islands” they are part of the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary. The islands are located on the Windward side of Oahu about .75 miles off Lanikai beach and are accessible from an enjoyable kayak ride. Lanikai is one of the most scenic beaches in Hawaii, the turquoise water with the twin islands on the horizon make a perfect postcard setting.