Ko’olau of Kaneohe

Mao ka ua
Nā Ko’olau no ka Kāne’ohe

20x23in. Transparent watercolor. $1200
There is a story of how the ridges were formed by the tusks of a mighty boar demigod. This animal was brought over on the settlers’ canoes of the peoples who eventually became the Hawaiians. Even today, you can see the pua’a running around Ho’omaluhia botanical gardens or alongside Likelike Highway. I see the mountain in geological time, when there was once a massive crater that gave way into the sea, leaving us the bay as we see and enjoy today.

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