Mo‘oinanea Hawaiian Lizard Print

Dimensions14 × 11 in

This Mele Murals giclee digital print is part of our Fall 2019 run. Paper size is 14 inches by 11 inches. Image size is 12 inches by 9 inches. This print comes shipped with a board backing, a mat boarder, and a sealed, clear, acid-free plastic bag.

This Mele Murals project was painted for the City and County of Honolulu, Transportation Department for a temporary wall on South King Street back in August 2015. With the process of construction, the temporary wall no longer exists. This project was a collaborative mural painting project with Pacific Buddhist Academy and Kaimukī High Schoool. The haumāna (students) applied the first layers of color and lead artist, Estria Miyashiro, layed down the finishing touches of the Mo‘o (Hawaiian lizard).

This mo‘o was a portion of the ‘aumākua series of animals painted for this mural. This painting represents Mo‘oinanea, who was a great ancestress lizard or dragon. She is the progenitress of a vast clan of fresh-water-dwelling beings. She sometimes participates in arranging marriages for chiefly children, and in the story told by Ahu‘ena Tayor, was the intermediary for the courtship of Kūkahau‘ula and Poli‘ahu.

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