Ho'iho'i ka wai by Lexi TakahashiARTMxxxxxC
The process of painting these works has been very therapeutic for me after losing my home and all of my artwork in the Lāhainā fire. These paintings have definitely helped me move through the grief and trauma and look forward to the future of Lāhainā. In the first painting, Ho'iho'i ka wai (return the water), I paint an image of the water returning to the hands of the people. The second painting, Kahu Wai (water keeper), shows two hands holding onto the water in protection, making sure that the water is used properly, not a drop is wasted. I wanted to create works that resonate with not only the Hawaiian culture of Hawai'i, but works that embody what we need to focus on moving forward in healing Lāhainā. Not only is the water important to our 'āina, but the hands of our people in the process of rebuilding are just as significant.
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Ho'iho'i ka wai