Courtesy: SFCA

E Holomua i Ka Naauao

Lihue, Hawaii

Karen Lucas

Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nohou Street, Lihue, Hawaii, 96766
Date:  2003
Placement:  schools (buildings)
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal)
Description:  "E Holomua i Ka Naauao" (Progress through Knowledge) symbolizes Ka Uhane o Ke Alii Wahine Lokomaikai (The Spirit of the Benevolent Chiefess). Traditionally, the island of Kauai was governed by alii (royalty) who looked after the land and sea with reverence, and governed natural resources to ensure balanced use for the community. The large female figure represents education in the spirit of Chiefess Kamakahehei and the attributes she embodies: strength, wisdom, compassion, faith, love, trust, peace and honesty. These attributes are expressed through her gesture of releasing an owl, and also through her strong, kindly appearance. She was cast in black concrete, slightly larger than life size, and textured to look as if made of native lava rock. The natural rock look is meant to make her appear part of the land, the land that nurtures us. The owl is the Kamakahehei Middle School mascot, and represents the students empowered by education. The owl was cast in bronze so it could be delicately modeled and mounted from a single wing tip. It appears light and dynamic, as if taking off into the future.
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