I had the privilege of going to Kahoʻolawe with the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana last March. During our stay we camped at their site at Hakioawa. “Hakioawa Stream-bed” depicts one of two streambeds that meet the ocean at Hakioawa bay.
I made this kapa specifically to be dyed in the dirt of Kahoʻolawe. A cross section of a Kiawe branch was used to print the streambed with dye from the Kukui tree. The Kiawe and the Kukui together resemble the strength and hope on Kahoʻolawe that one day the rains will return and the streams will flow again.
The kapa hangs on a Kiawe branch. Kiawe is commonly found along stream-beds and the current landscape of Hakioawa. The shadows cast by the Kiawe branch are reminiscent of times in hot, dry areas like Kahoʻolawe that the shade of a thorny Kiawe tree provides great relief from the fierce sun.