Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine

Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine
Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine
24 X 30
Oil on Wood Panel

I hurried out the door at 5 am to plein air paint this amazing location. The soft colors of dawn light are very hard to capture as the human eye sees them, so starting the painting on site helped me set up the color scheme of this atmospheric rendering of Kaiwanui Marsh and Olomana Mountain. I painted patches of the most important colors in on the panel so I could later work on it in studio but still have the advantage of relative color comparison. Many glimpses of the original layer are retained in this final version.

At the mauka (most toward the mountains) edge of Kawainui Marsh, there is a giant set of boulders on which Hauwahine, the beautiful and powerful shapeshifting mo`o goddess of protection, would watch over the marsh. A mo`o is a giant lizard/dragon creature of Hawaiian legend. Hauwahine’s promontory has a huge rock shaped like a mo’o head from which her legend sprang. This view is from the top of that rock outcropping. I have included the boulders on top of the vantage point in my painting, with rings of lichen reminding us that these are ancient rocks. When I look at this painting, I remember very well the feeling of sitting on the rocks, thinking about Hauwahine. It was so easy to imagine her sitting on the rocks in her human form patiently guarding the land. The promontory was a perfect perch to see the whole wetlands spread out in a commanding view of the surroundings, allowing for a view all the way to the ocean and to the edge of each surrounding mountain. It was serene and quiet, filled with nothing but birdsong as the light slowly bloomed in the sky. It faded just as gradually, transforming into a picture-perfect sunny day.


Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, 24 X 30, Oil on Wood Panel with gallery thickness cradled edges painted to extend the image. Sold unframed. Recommended display is either unframed, or in a floater frame.

Oahu delivery … $2880

Ship to the U.S. ready to hang with painted edges, no need to frame … $3200


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.

Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, 24 X 30 Giclee with Gallery Wrap … $475
Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, 24 X 30 Giclee, standard edge … $360
Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, 12 X 15 Giclee with Gallery Wrap … $150
Sunrise at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, 12 X 15 Giclee, standard edge … $90
For all other sizes of giclée, please contact me to see if it is possible and to seek a quote