This unique piece of Japanese tiki decor combines cultural elements taken from Japan’s kabuki mask, and meshes them with traditional Polynesian tiki features. “Kabuki Tiki” is a salute to the integration of Japanese culture with Hawaiian lifestyle. This unique piece of tiki decor celebrates the profound impact and influence that Japan has had on Hawaii’s food, language, and people.
“Kabuki Tiki” was made during Waimea’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It was painted with many layers of acrylic paint and then enhanced with enamel line work. It measures 10″x16″ and is painted on a smooth Birch panel. Although the original painting has sold there are many print options to choose from.
Hell or High Water is a painting that shows a Day of the Dead kraken attacking a skeleton pirate ship. Skeleton pirates scramble to stay afloat by hugging barrels of rum, holding debris, and struggle to keep treasure from sinking. Meanwhile the Kraken deploys her tentacles to crush their ship’s hull and snap its masts. This unique tall tale enhanced by eerie fog is a great piece for any ocean enthusiast, one eyed pirate, peg leg polisher, or hardcore ocean art collector!
Koa Warrior is a mash up of Day of the Dead iconography with Hawaiian culture. The skeleton is derived from the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and is represented in traditional Hawaiian war clothing.
The mushroom helmet was worn by high ranking chiefs or Ali’i who often went to battle. The cloak was also worn by Ali’i and was usually made out of local bird feathers. One of the most popular weapons of the Polynesian culture is the Leiomano which means the lei of the shark, it is a paddle made of koa wood, inset with shark teeth. The ship in the background references to the arrival of Captain Cook who the Hawaiians had mistaken for the god Lono.
This painting is made with acrylic and enamel on panel. It measures 24″x 17″ and comes in a custom built Koa frame with rope details bringing the total size to 38″x 21″
Get Rich or die Trying is a narrative painting about a pirate searching for long lost treasure. This painting is about putting it all on the line for wealth. However sometimes you don’t quite make it.
This work is painted with acrylic and enamel on stretched canvas and measures 18″ x 24″. It comes in a custom built frame of reclaimed wood that resembles the planks of a ship bringing the total size to 29″x31″.
The title “Boneyard” is a term used by surfers to describe the impact zone of a wave that breaks over reef in very shallow water. It is a place where you don’t want to be caught off guard and if you are, you could easily end up a skeleton stuck to the ocean floor.
Boneyard fuses Mexican Day of the Dead iconography with Hawaiian culture and signifies the similarities these two cultures share through their geographic location and relationship with the ocean.
This painting was done with acrylic, ink, and enamel on a 15″x24″ birch panel. The frame is custom built from the endemic Koa tree of Hawaii and is embellished with brass tacks and rope details. Koa is a very hard wood and in the Hawaiian language it means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior. With the frame, the total measurements are 30″x36.5″