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 The beautiful and endangered species 'Ahinahina Hawaiian Silversword sunrise Kilakila O Haleakala Ala Hea Ka La The Sacred House of the Sun Sharon Mau 16 April 2008 ahinahina'AhinahinaNa Hulu Manu o Hawai`i The Precious Things of Hawai`iThe 'Ahinahina - Hawaiian Silversword is a very beautiful and rare plant endemic only to the Hawaiian Islands and sacred to Kanaka Maoli. I photographed this one at sunrise on the summit of Ala Hea Ka La (Haleakala).Here is a wonderful quote with a link and more information on the beautiful 'Ahinahina so that you will understand the significance of what you are viewing - 'The `AHINAHINA is an endangered plant growing in the alpine regions of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala. The foliage is lime green, with the lower leaves, and the upper leaf tips appearing to have been dipped in silver or mercury. The soft down and silver sheen of the leaves invites one to gently stroke the leaves, but to do so means a slow death for the delicate plant. Strong enough to weather mountain storms and blazing sun, this unique plant is so fragile that the oil from human skin, or the touch of a hard object, such as a fingertip, however light, damages the fine hairs which protect the `ahinahina, or silversword, from solar radiation and dehydration. They may also help the plant to survive the sub-zero temperatures, ice, and snow of the mountain tops. Simply walking up to the plant damages the shallow root system, as the rocks under which it spreads, pressed down by the weight of feet or hooves, crush and cut through the delicate roots. Once so numerous that the plants were harvested for dry arrangements, used to start fires, and simply uprooted and rolled down cindercones for sport, only a few individual plants remain on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. The Haleakala populations do appear to be returning under the management of the National Park Service, US Dept. of the Interior. There are five distinct kinds of `ahinahina. The most f
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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