Courtesy: SFCA

Mana`ia ka lani o Maui (Maui's Magical Fishhook)

Honolulu, Hawaii

Mataumu Alisa

Aliiolani Elementary School, Building F, mauka end, 1240 7th Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96816-2696
Date:  2001
Placement:  schools (buildings)
Artwork Type:  murals (any medium)
Material:  ceramic (material), tile
Description:  Manaia ka lani o Maui was inspired by the students of Aliiolani School. In their discussions and drawings with the artist, they expressed a strong desire for a mural that would depict a legend of Palolo Valley. The legend tells the story of Maui who attempted to rearrange the islands into one solid landmass. Standing at Kaena Point Maui cast his magical fishhook, Manaia ka lani, far into the ocean to snare the foundations of Kauai. When he felt the hook had taken hold he gave the line a mighty tug and the huge boulder, Pohaku o Kauai, fell at his feet. The magic hook, freed from the boulder, fell into Palolo Valley and created the crater that exists to this day. Mataumu Alisa was born in Western Samoa and came to Hawaii in 1960. He graduated from Kahuku High School, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is currently on the faculty of Brigham Young University, Hawaii. Mataumu believes that, "in creating a mural the artist must listen to the wall."

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