Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kaua'i No Ka Oi

I had a mission to visit a new client on her property just across from Limahuli Gardens on the far North coast of Kaua'i. She was inspired by my paintings in Mary's book "Hawai'i A Sense of Place" and by my big lobby painting at the St. Regis Hotel in Princeville, to commission a couple of figurative paintings for her house which is still in the early stages of construction. When it's finished the house will have an incredible view up into the Limahuli Valley with its green spires and legend-haunted stones. Constance herself is a remarkable individual with a strong sense of connection to the land and a desire to bring beauty and improvement to the world around her.

Everett and I visited my high school friend Helen Cox and her husband John in Kalaheo, south Kaua'i, and walked their two dogs in the golden afternoon light. What a beautiful island Kaua'i is. Then after a night with Constance on the north shore we checked into the Princeville St. Regis for several days of pre-birthday celebration. Very glamorous, very nice location, but super expensive for every little detail. The best part was Everett gravitating toward a Wahine Kupuna (elder woman) sitting in the lobby one morning, "talking story" about life and art on the island. Auntie Dora, known to her family as "Puna", brought artifacts, shells, Hawaiian quilting projects (Everett's favorite) and lots of stories to share.

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