Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistSharon Mau Platinum Member CollectionHawaii
Description Niu is probably the most easily recognized and best known palm tree in the world. This tree is strong, resilient and can provide us with our most basic need for life - water! I am told that the most sterile water on earth is from this nut. There are stories of island and coastal people surviving months of drought with this the only drinking water available. Coconut water and fish can provide sustenance.Cocos nucifer, niu's scientific and botanical name, is slender and tall, up to 100 feet, with a cluster of leaves at the top of a slightly curved stem or trunk. It has a swollen base which is ringed, making a perfect ladder for the very agile. These steps mark points of attachment of the fallen leaf fronds, which are from 10 to 18 feet long. The trunk is very strong and elastic, and is able to bend in heavy winds. In times of hurricanes the coconut palm has been a life saver. People lashing themselves to this flexible tree have avoided being swept out to sea.Hawai`i is on the edge of the coconut belt. The coconut bears better nearer the equator, where it is more widely used than here. In Hawai`i there are other plants, native and introduced, that provide as well for people's needs. Niu was valued cargo on the sailing canoes of the original Polynesian voyagers to Hawai`i Nei. Some of the ancestors of our trees also floated ashore, alive for up to 4 months at sea, still able to germinate. Coconuts grow well near the ocean, thriving in sandy soil near salt spray. Our coastlines have the remnants of many ancient groves. Niu is the kinolau of Ku.This palm is the most useful plant of the tropics. It is said that more uses are made of it than any other tree in the world. Besides drink, food and shade, niu offers the possibilities of housing, thatching, hats, baskets, furniture, mats, cordage, clothing, charcoal, brooms, fans, ornaments, musical instruments, shampoo, containers, implements and oil for fuel, light http://www.canoeplants.com/index.html
Sharon Mau, Maui Hawaii Member Since July 2010 Artist StatementSharon Mau is a fine art photographer, journalist, visual communicator and conceptual artist residing upcountry on the beautiful tropical island of 'Ihi-kapu-lau-mäewa more commonly known as Maui Hawaii - Paradise on Earth - Island of Rainbows, specializing primarily in beautiful tropical flowers, conceptual art and seascapes
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