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The Artworks of Kanoa Aikala-Nelson

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Ho-o Mana ManaHo'o Mana ManaKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Ho'o=to cause, an action. Mana= life force, mental, emotional power, mind power, power of character, holding a presence of action.;To ho'omanamana is to empower an authority over your mind, to put a leader into to position with discipline and respect. This picture displays a man and his God. The man...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Maui fishing up Hawai-iMaui fishing up Hawai'iKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Maui was known for many magical feats, yet one of his greatest was fishing up Hawai'i. On day Maui went fishing with his brothers, with him he took a magical fish hook from his grandmother called Manai a Kalani or needle to sew the heavens and earth. He threw his hook in and caught what he thought t...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Kamehameha lifting the Naha StoneKamehameha lifting the Naha StoneKanoa Aikala-Nelson

A prophesy circulated Hawai'i that who ever lifted the Naha stone would unite the Island chain and end the waring between different Island Kings and Cheifs. As a Teen age Boy it was said Pai 'Ea lifted this stone after three days of prayer and meditation. Later on he became known as Kamehameha the G...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Ho UluHo UluKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Ho Ulu=speaks of growth to the community the land and the spirit of both in harmony.The Ho Ulu print shows a Ulu tree (breadfruit) in the center of a family preparing food as a team. There are people of each generation working as one solid unit, not only for survival but also to share in the many jo...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - KAHUNAKAHUNAKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Kahu =Keeper of the , Kalai =wood carving tradition. I am trained in traditional wood carving and have been designated a Kahu Kalai for my commuity. The image shows the relationship between the carver center and all the other art forms it interacts with. The wa'a sail, the kupua bird man, the hook o...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Pele of the volcanoePele of the volcanoeKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Pele is known as keeper of the pit, the earth oven, millions of people come every year to see her magical glow and awe inspiring fires.;Pele is probably the most remembered chiefess of old Hawai'i. She is a woman of duality, not unlike all the ancestral chiefs. Her rath is devistating, yet her compa...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Hi-iaka - HopoeHi'iaka & HopoeKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Hi'iaka was known as Pele's sister, Hopoe was the one who taught hi'iaka how to dance the hula. They were known to be lovers of some kind, when Hi'iaka came back late from a mission for Pele, Pele, out of jealousy killed Hopoe and broke hi'iaka's heart. Then in revenge Hi'iaka had a lover affair wit...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - He-e Nalu / night surfingHe'e Nalu / night surfingKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Night surfing at Waikiki, it is in honor of Hawaii's beach boy culture. From my Dad to his dad to the many generations of beach boys in Waikiki since the arrival of Hawaiian people. To Duke Kahanamoku who took our surfing tradition around the world. Some of my favorite times was night surfing at Wai...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - Ho-oponoponoHo'oponoponoKanoa Aikala-Nelson

This picture represents the Hawaiian healing process for restoring and repairing broken relationships through forgiveness, sincerity, respect, and clear communication. Of course, humility is the first step to this process. The man kneeling before the woman represents humbling pride, denial, and ar...

Kanoa Aikala-Nelson - KUMU HULAKUMU HULAKanoa Aikala-Nelson

Jon Kaimikaua was my Kumu Hula, he taught alot of people about traditional life styles in pre western contact Moloka'i. His emphasis was knowledge through dreams, signs in nature and the gut level intelligence. This picture is to honor him and his Halau for keeping the art form of true hula alive. K...