ALI’I - Honor

(48” x 35”)

Metal, Acrylic Paint, Gold Leaf, Pencil, Glass on Wood

High Frequency Materials

ALI’I is a Homage to Queen Liliuokalani. She was the last Hawaiian sovereign to govern the islands, which were annexed by the United States in 1898. The eighth and last monarch, she reigned for only two years. That brief moment of sovereignty was extinguished in a revolution which led to the annexation of the islands to the United States.

When she was overthrown, Liliuokalani was fined thousands of pounds and imprisoned in her palace.

But notwithstanding her effacement from public affairs, Queen Liliuokalani never abandoned her regal pose nor lost the affection of her former subjects, and continued to her death a most Interesting personality.

ALI’I speaks of regal qualities that are often overlooked today: Honor and Reverence for all Life.

ALI’I reminds us to to honor our true Essence.

Through the ages, purple has always been associated with royalty, nobility and prestige. The color purple can symbolize mystery, magic, power and luxury. Purple color meaning is often used to portray rich powerful kings, leaders, magicians and even sorcerers.

The purple represents the original inhabitants of the Hawaiian Archipelago, Na Kanaka Maoli, caretakers of the Spirit of Aloha.

The gold represents the entire human `ohana (family), with precious life as pure as golden light.

The white and dark purple bars represent the balance of all things - Heaven and Earth, night and day, the positive and negative.