This 2002 painting features a wahine in a yellow dress singing and playing a sweet song to an iiwi bird under an ohia tree near the volcano. Other plants shown are `ama`u`ama`u fern and ieie in bloom with iiwi bird looking down.
"Halema`uma`u literally means "fern house" or "the house of the `ama`u`ama`u fern". The `ama`u fern are all species of an endemic genus of ferns (Sadleria), with trunk more or less evident. The fronds are narrower, smaller, and less divided than those of the hapu`u (tree fern). At least one species has at the top of the trunk a mass of soft scales (pulu) used as pillow stuffing. Formerly, in times of famine, the tasteless pith of the trunk was cooked and eaten. The fronds were used to mulch dry-land taro, the stems for plaiting and as sizing for tapa. The `ama`u was one of the forms that Kamapua`a , the pig god, could take at will. The above photo shows the `ama`u 's reddish-brown fronds, with Halema`uma`u Crater in the background."
Dietrich Varez personally signs each of his laser colored images.
Paper size is 8.5" x 11" with image size smaller. Your print of ‘Ukulele Girl' comes packaged flat in a cardboard sleeve with Dietrich’s biography.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 15 November, 2011.