Honolulu Academy of Arts, Linekona Building
Estria and Prime
Prime and Estria were invited by the Honolulu Academy of Arts to paint a refrigerated container located in the back of the Linekona building. The two embraced the opportunity as a chance to share a part of their Hawaiian culture. Ikaika Hussey of The Hawaii Independent gave them the idea to paint Ka‘ahupahau ("Well-cared for Feather Cloak"), the shark woman of Pu’uloa (Pearl Harbor) and her brother, Kahi‘uka (“Smiting Tail”). Ka’ahupahau, a female guardian shark, would protect Pu‘uloa and the surrounding waters by keeping the man-eating sharks out.
In this mural, Ka‘ahupahau’s body forms the word, Kahu, or guardian. She faces off against the intruder sharks. In the background are pristine streams flowing down and sustaining kalo lo‘i (taro patches), which was Prime’s interpretation and imagination of the natural beauty of the land in pre-contact times.
“Where once there was Ka’ahupahau…is now homeless
Where once there was Kanekua’ana…has now left
Where once there were chiefs…have since vanished”
Read more about Ka’ahupahau and Kahi’uka: http://apdl.kcc.hawaii.edu/oahu/stories/ewa/kaahupahau.htm