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″