what's on the horizon...

This is an art blog where I will be adding new drawings and paintings of Hula girls and Tiki Gods every week, sometimes more, along with related videos, Hawaiiana and tons of Tiki trivia. So crack open a cold one and enjoy the show.

Monday, December 27, 2010

" Hau'oli Makahiki Hou " ( means Happy New Year in Hawaiian )





DURING MAKHIKI, THE FOUR MONTHS OF PEACE AND HAPPINESS,
              IS THE SAME TIME THE WESTERN NEW YEAR FALLS.
                  "HAU'OLI  MAKAHIKI HOU" ( HAPPY NEW YEAR)
    HAU'OLI MEANS "HAPPY".   MAKHIKI,  ALSO KNOWN AS "YEAR".



Friday, December 10, 2010

"Mele Kalikimaka" ( Merry Christmas in Hawaiian )


MELE KALIKIMAKA IS THE HAWAIIAN WORD THAT MEANS MERRY CHRISTMAS.
WHEN THE MISSIONARIES  ARRIVED IN HAWAII IN 1820 THEY INTRODUCED  CHRISTMAS TO THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE.  THE HAWAIIAN'S FOUND MERRY CHRISTMAS DIFFICULT TO PRONOUNCE.  THE PHONETIC TRANSLATION,  MELE KALIKIMAKA  ROLLED MORE EASILY OFF THEIR TONGUES.
THEN IN 1950, BING CROSBY & THE ANDREW SISTERS TURNED IT INTO THE SMASH  HIT SONG WE ALL ARE SO FAMILIAR WITH.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Polynesian Invasion"



THEN THERE CAME "WEIRD TIKI COMICS!"  POSING THE QUESTION,
                            "WHAT IF " "ANCIENT POLYNESIA"
ACTUALLY WAS INVADED BY "TIKI'S" FORM "OUTER SPACE?!!"
    CHECK OUT MY WILD AND CRAZY RETRO SCI-FI COMIC
                      IN THE PAGES OF "TIKI MAGAZINE."

San Diego Comic con starts this week,
so in it's honor, here's a fun retro comic
cover of a book that's in the works!
Grab a shirt and help the artist.





http://www.cafepress.com/whatnowstuff.432524406

Friday, June 11, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

"Lahaina Tiki"




LAHAINA MAUI, WAS ONCE THE CAPITOL OF THE HAWAIIAN KINGDOM.
LA HINA' MEANS ( CRUEL SUN )  IN HAWAIIAN.  IT IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS SUNNY AND DRY CLIMATE.  I SKETCHED THIS TIKI WHEN I VISITED THE "HALE KAHIKO " ANCIENT HAWAIIAN VILLAGE EXHIBIT, BEHIND THE LAHAINA CENTER MALL.  I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A TRIP THERE IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN BEAUTIFUL LAHAINA.


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Halo" ( gate keeper, City of Refuge, Hawaii )



PU 'UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL STATE PARK.  IT'S LOCATED ON THE WEST COAST OF THE ISLAND OF HAWAII.  IN ANCIENT TIMES, ONE WHO BROKE THE KAPU'S ( ANCIENT LAWS ) COULD SEEK REFUGE FROM CERTAIN DEATH INSIDE THE WALLS OF THE PU'UHONUA.  ONCE ABSOLVED BY A KAHUNA ( PRIEST ) THE OFFENDER WOULD BE ALLOWED TO SAFELY LEAVE.  DURING TIMES OF BATTLE, DEFEATED WARRIORS COULD ALSO SEEK REFUGE.  "HALO" IS ONE OF THE GATE KEEPER TIKI'S .

Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy Tiki's





WHAT MAKES YOUR TIKI HAPPY?  TROPICAL  SUNSETS ON A SANDY HAWAIIAN SHORE AND AND SLACK KEY GUITARS
IS A GOOD PLACE TO START.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

"Homage To Hina, the Hawaiian Moon Goddess"





Signed prints available direct from the        artist  (http://www.keithshawaiianart.com/default.asp )


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Punahele" ( favorite )


















http://www.cafepress.com/whatnowstuff.386205677

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

"Tiki Man"


























Ancient Hawaiian Tiki Gods, on display at the Lahaina Center.





Wednesday, February 24, 2010

'Papaku'" ( bottom of the ocean )

Free Diving Wahine exploring Hawaii's magnificent coral reefs.  Archaeologists said that people have been earning their sustenance from freediving since the 5th century BCE. The first nation which was famous for it was the haenyeo in Korea. They collected shells and sponges to sell to others. The Ama Divers from Japan began to collect pearls 2000 years ago.[4][5] But also the spearfishers around the Mediterranean Sea were important for the historical background for the movement of the apnea sport.


fun free diving




Monday, February 22, 2010

"A wahine swimming with dolphins"

 

.Swimming with Spinner Dolphins off Kona, Hawaii (2)
     A truly inspirational video with a truly exceptional soundtrack, for real!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hoku-noho-aupuni ( the Milky Way )



The Milky Way appears dim from most of the United States. But the big skies and dark tropical nights make Hawaii stargazing stellar. Imagine walking on a faintly moonlit beach, cool sand between your toes, and you look up to see the wonder of the Milky Way above you, "Hoku-noho-aupuni", a name for the Milky Way, along with "Leleiona", the title I gave to this painting inspired by the majesty of Hawaii's night time sky.





To astronomers the main attraction on the Big Island is the night sky, as the summit of Mauna Kea (elevation: 4200m) offers the best observing conditions for night-time astronomy in the Northern Hemisphere. At that altitude, acclimatization at Hale Pohaku (Polynesian for “Stone House”), the astronomers’ lodge at the 2900m level, is required for at least 24 hours before spending a full night at the summit. All telescopes on the mountain have their small offices in Hale Pohaku. A few hundred meters further down the road is a visitors center which offers nightly star parties.
Man, doesn't everyone get a charge out of the universe that surrounds us?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

This Tiki's just Gotta Dance.



And one dancing Tiki deserves another...




And for fun, the Tiki can go out and play...


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