Before the shoreline was covered with skyscrapers and the beach was modified with modern dredging it is likely the shoreline looked something like this. A native Hawaiian kane (man) is pounding poi on a semi-rocky shoreline in what is now known as Ala Moana Beach (formerly Kalia). Out of view, not far away is a brackish swamp. Wild kalo scatter the foreground alongside ferns and hala trees (shown left). A large coconut tree has set root in rich volcanic soil framing the picture and drawing the viewer out to sea, with a view of what is now called Diamond Head (formerly Laeahi).
Title: Hawaiian Pounding Poi
Measurement: 14" x 18"
Medium: Acrylic with several layers of protective gloss