Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui

Hauwahine Guardian of Kawainui
Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui
18 x 36 inches,
oil on wood panel

Hauwahine is a shapeshifting Hawaiian diety who protects Kawainui Marsh, the largest open wetland of Kailua. In the stories of Hauwahine, she watches over the area, alternately appearing as a beautiful Hawaiian woman, or a huge lizard/dragon creature called a mo‘o to charm or threaten humans as needed to cultivate positive behavior. Stories of mo‘o taught values of community and sustainability such as sharing food generously, caring for the land, avoiding overfishing, and paying attention to seasonal water safety. Here I have taken an age-old technique of narrative paintings, showing multiple forms of Hauwahine simultaneously. She sits in human form on the promontory of her own mo’o form. In the sky, a bird soars over the modern marsh toward the rising sun.

After learning several mo‘olelo (legends) from kumu (Hawaiian teachers), a pattern emerged. There is a keen observation of rock forms that usually informs the lore of each area, so imagine the “chicken skin” moment when I saw the huge rock that forms Hauwahine’s favorite promontory, Na Pohaku Hauwahine (Boulders of Hauwahine), is shaped like a giant lizard or dragon head! I tried to make my painting reflect the scale of the massive rock. Land all around the marsh has been developed, but the legend of Hauwahine is strong, and the marsh remains undeveloped and wild, a miracle that I consider to be the result of environmentalists, Hawaiians, flood plains, and the spirit of Hauwahine working in tandem to keep the land untamed.


Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui, 18 x 36 inches, oil on wood panel… $2700

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Giclées are high quality prints on canvas with a UV resistant protective coating. Shipped rolled (unstretched) ready for any framer to stretch and optionally frame. If displayed correctly: out of direct sunlight, and cleaned only with a damp soft cloth, these prints will stay vibrant for years.

Gallery wrapped prints have thicker stretcher bars and when you wrap the canvas around the edge, it is printed for color on the edges so that you do not have to frame it. You could also use a floater frame with this style of print.

Standard Edges must be framed. They are blank on the edges with thinner stretcher bars so that they are able to fit into a wide variety of frames.

Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui, Giclee 18 x 36 inches, Gallery Wrap…$440
Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui, Giclee 18 x 36 inches, Standard Edge … $324
Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui, Giclee 9 x 18 inches, Gallery Wrap …$145.00
Hauwahine, Guardian of Kawainui, Giclee 9 x 18 inches, Standard Edge … $81.00
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