According to the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture & the Arts, “The bas relief is executed on a series of green steatite stone blocks which depict mythical and human Hawaiian figures, flora, and animals in the upper portions flanking either side of a central doorway as well as stylized letter forming a narrative text beneath the figurative panels. The two panels, one on the Diamond Head side of the entry way and the other on the other side of the entry door both depict stories involving the god Kane and Kaneloa in a mythical story about the discovery and use of water” (source note 1). The bas relief was completed by Marguerite Louis Blasingame for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939.
(1) Mayor’s Office of Culture & the Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i, at http://hiculturearts.pastperfect-online.com/34250cgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=8E0C8BE3-B73A-4D7C-A68E-507224413620;type=101, accessed March 21, 2015. (2) “Public Art: Location and descriptions of public works of art,” Honolulu Data, http://data.honolulu.gov/dataset/Public-Art/yef5-h88r, accessed March 21, 2015. (3) “Art Works pages with Funded by the Works Progress Administration as Credit,” Honolulu Art in Public Places, at http://honolulu-art-in-public-places.silk.co/page/Ka%20Wai%20Ake%20Akua, accessed March 21, 2015.
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