Papahanaumoku, Earth Mother,1 of 3
Media: Alaea, earth pigment painted on canvas.
A view of Papahanaumoku installed at East Hawaii Cultural Center. The installation changes slightly depending upon space limitations.
Each canvas represents an active military site in the state of Hawaii, the top row represents the island of Kauai, the center row represents Oahu and the lower row represents Hawaii Island. The alaea used for the imagery came from each of the three islands represented in the piece.
Papahanaumoku, Earth Mother, 2 of 3
Media: used bullet cartridges, glass and earth pigments.
All of the inhabited islands are represented, reading from left to right: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island. Alaea or earth pigment from Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Islands fill the glass tip of each bullet. Alaea from Kauai was used to fill the Niihau bullet because the island is off limits to the public. The short casings represent islands where live-fire military training is held.