Tiny World Hawaii Project
E Komo Mai- Welcome
Six years ago my family and I were privileged to move to Hawaii. It was magical and wonderful and everything you think it would be and so much more. It was also a beautiful time of learning and growing in understanding the people their culture and the world. It was our first move and I will admit it took some getting used to, living on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
After living on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands, I wanted to create a tiny world art piece of it. I let it sit for a long time after leaving, mostly because I wanted to represent a different side than the one people see when they go on vacation. My time in rural Hawaii was so much more of an enriching experience than surfing, beaches, palm trees, and pineapples. It is a culture rich in history, heritage, connections, and customs. I wanted to make a Tiny World that honored what I saw of it, from the outside looking in. I researched, I listened, and I tried to understand. In the process, I got to know the culture, the people, the plants, and the creatures that call this place home. Home, that piece that connects me and my art to this tiny world. I hope you will look at the piece, smile, and walk away wanting to learn more about the history of the Hawaiian people.
With this Tiny World art, I chose; buildings and places of historical and cultural significance, plants and animals mostly endemic to the islands, folklore and beliefs that run a line through its people, and symbols and images rich with history.
I made an artist's decision to not separate island from island but to have them flow together with the island shapes rising above the scene in solid colors. Each of the eight islands has a different landscape and history but together, they are the Hawaiian Islands. I tried to include as many things as I could from my initial list but an artist's work is never done and they just wouldn’t all fit.
Can you spot these things?
Bishop Museum and the Honolulu Museum of Art- Priceless objects from Polynesia and the Kingdom of Hawaii
Diamond Head - as a ceremonial structure
the Hawaiian State Capitol with its iconic architecture
Iolani Palace and the history of the last reigning monarch
Pearl Harbor National Memorial
Washington Place Palace
Hānaiakamalama or Queen Emma Summer Palace
Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Constellations and the ancient way of navigation
The State Flower
The State Butterfly
The State Mineral
The State Fish
Green Sea Turtles
Hawaiian Monk Seals
The Hawaiian Flag
The tradition and significance of the lei
Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa
Captain Cooks Landing
Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Island flowers and fruits
The architecture of the region
the outrigger canoe in keeping history alive
last but not least is the blue ladybug I found one day on my trashcan
I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into Hawaii and its big part in a Tiny World