Courtesy: SFCA
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Mamalahoe

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Viliamu Toluta'u

Abner Paki Hale, District Court of the First Circuit, Entrance lawn, 45-939 Pookela St, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 96744
Date:  2008
Placement:  courthouses
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal)
Description:  The sculpture, Mamalahoe was inspired by the law of the splintered paddle. This law "guaranteed the safety of the highways to all, as women, children, sick and the aged; the law was so called because it was said to have been formulated after Kamehameha had been struck on the head with a paddle while his foot was trapped in a crevice." The two fishermen in the sculpture symbolize the balance of the prosecution and defense in the judicial system. The sculpture serves as a symbol for the Judiciary and a source of pride for the people of Kane'ohe. (Source: Pukui, Mary Kawena and Samuel H. Elbert. 1986. Hawaiian Dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.)
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