Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pele by Dale Zarrella

Pele by Dale Zarella is one of the works of art in the lobby of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.

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This sculpture is of Pele, the Goddess of the Volcano and creator of the land. Pele lives in the Hawaiian hearts and minds as the supreme personification of volcanic majesty and power. 

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This sculpture is inspired by the painting called Pele Honua Mea by the late artisthistorian Herb Kane. This sculpture depicts a youthful Pele holding fire beside a lava lake. 

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The name of the original painting Pele Honua Mea translates to “Pele Sacred of the Earth” and is considered the most sacred name of the volcano goddess.


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Dale Zarella is a master artist in the many mediums of wood, stone, bronze sculpting and paintings on canvass.  A resident of Maui, Dale's sculptures and paintings are found in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world.  For more information on these and others works visit www.dalezarrella.com

Ka'ikehohonu (the deep wisdom) Maui

Ka'ikehohonu (the deep wisdom) by Dale Zarella is one of the works of art in the lobby of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.


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The story behind these sculptures, each of which is carved from ingle pieces of rain shower trees, begins with the mermaid swimming close to shore.  She is surrounded by baby turtles.

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Wondering where they came from, she makes her way to the beach following their tracks to the nest.  The mermaid looks inside and sees a lonely, unhatched egg.  She picks it up and it suddenly hatches before her eyes!

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They make their way back to the ocean and rest within the reef; and as the other turtles surround them, the baby swims out of her hands.  This moment is depicted in the sculpture Ka'ikehohonu (the deep wisdom).

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Dale Zarella is a master artist in the many mediums of wood, stone, bronze sculpting and paintings on canvass.  A resident of Maui, Dale's sculptures and paintings are found in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world.  For more information on these and others works visit www.dalezarrella.com

Mermaid Dream Maui

Mermaid Dream by Dale Zarella is one of the works of art in the lobby of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort.


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Mermaid Dream is a sculpture depicting the swimming mermaid as she follows the turtle that hatched in  her hand.  Three other turtles follow in the reef behind her.

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Mermaid Dream was sculpted from a single piece of rain shower tree and took one year and nine months to complete.   

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Dale Zarella is a master artist in the many mediums of wood, stone, bronze sculpting and paintings on canvass.  A resident of Maui, Dale's sculptures and paintings are found in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world.  For more information on these and others works visit www.dalezarrella.com

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pacific Guardian Center Courtyard

The Pacific Guardian Center Courtyard (formerly known as Grosvenor Center Plaza) is a relaxing place in the middle of downtown Honolulu.  There are a few places to sit and take a break from a busy day or enjoy a cup of coffee.

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The first thing to notice when entering the courtyard is the mini clock tower.  There is no inscription describing where it came from or any historical reference.

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There is a pair of sculptures in the courtyard known as "Mauka & Makai" completed in 1995 by an artist named John Tanji Koga

 "Mauka" is the sculpture at the northern the entrance and consists of two taro plants and a poi pounder. In Hawaiian, "Mauka" means "Inland or Towards the mountains".

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"Makai" is located closer to the southern entrance and consists of two fish and a fishhook emerging from a bush garden... In Hawaiian, "Makai" means "Towards the sea".

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On the southern screen wall is a giant green gecko.  I can only assume it came from Kapi‘olani Health Foundation’s "Geckos in Paradise" project in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

It was a fundraising effort intended to increase awareness of women’s health issues and support for the Kapi‘olani Breast Center.

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There were supposed to be up to fifty of these five-foot long fiberglass geckos throughout downtown Honolulu and Waikiki in the Summer of 2004. There is no indication if this is the original design or repainted to blend in with the garden.

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The gecko gets a good look at the courtyard water fountain. The fountain and screen walls were built to block the noise of the adjacent highway.

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This gecko found in the stones near the foot of the water fountain is making claims that it is the inspiration for the giant green gecko!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kaimiuki Pumping Station


The Kaimuki Pumping Station originally consisted of two buildings, a steam pump, boilers, and an electrical pump.  It is located in the lot on the corner of Kapiolani Blvd. and Kapahulu Ave.  

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The main building of Kaimuki Pumping Station was constructed in 1898 and the Oil Tank building was erected in 1907. The station rests 11 meters above sea level.

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The original steam engine was a Risdon Cross Compound Corliss Duplex Double Acting outside packed plunge pump.

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The original electrical pump was a Blake vertical motor-driven triplex pump installed in 1913.

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There are original boilers installed at Kaimuki Pumping Station: A Multi-Tubular boiler was installed in 1905.  A Babcock & Wilson boiler was installed in 1898.  Both were rated at 150 Horsepower.

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There were four wells dug at Kaimuki Pumping Station.  Two wells were driven in 1898 and the others in 1912.

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The current Kaimuki Pumping Station was completely reconstructed in 1928, new buildings were erected and modern pumps were installed.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

What's Next?

How long has this guy been waiting for the bus on Bishop Street in Honolulu?  Turns out to be a work of art called "What's Next" by Jodi Endicott in June 2000.

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This sculpture has become a community gathering and exchange point at the center of Honolulu's Financial District. It is also a popular site where tourists are photographed.



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The inscription reads:

"WHAT'S NEXT"
"HAWAII'S JOURNEY;  WEARING OUR PAST 
AND AND LOOKING TO OUR FUTURE"


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COMMISSION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS 
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU 
JEREMY HARRIS, MAYOR



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 This guy has been sitting here so long, he doesn't even care about the mice hanging out on his shoulder.

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 The newspaper featured is the Honolulu Advertiser which had been published in Hawaii since 1856.  It merged with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in June 2010 and has since been called the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This particular article features the arrival of the USS Missouri to Hawaii as it's final resting place.


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The figure is lifesize and made of concrete, cast bronze, ceramic, fabricated brass, copper mesh, stainless steel, steel mesh, and oxide. 

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Makashi-no-Kushimoto

This artwork can be found hanging on the wall at ING Cafe in Waikiki.  There is a lot going on in these pictures.  Click to enlarge the photos and read about the  detail.

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"Mukashi No Kushimoto" Old Time Kushimoto,
Suga No Hama or Kami Ura Beach, Kushimoto,
POSSE JAPAN by Bill Braden

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 Am I reading this correctly? $34,000?  Oh wait, it includes the black "tansu" frame...


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Well if you're interested contact:

Jinny Braden at (808) 429-4215 or Bill Braden at (808) 223-8974