Pueo

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!

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Nene

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.

Ke Aloha Cafe mural

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The final touch for the Ke Aloha Cafe logo.

Crystal River

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“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

Crystal River – work in progress





Mokulua islands

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“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.

JSDA mural

JSDA_mural_by_MaraBranco After one year of starting this big project I have the opportunity to announce its inauguration November 7th at 5:00 p.m. at Honolulu Japanese SDA Church 2655 Manoa Road Honolulu, Hawaii

School seal – mural

 

 

 

Smells like pine…

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Happy Thanksgiving

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