Maui born and now living on Hawai'i island in Volcano, I began Mo'onui Arts in 1992 after returning from The Pacific Arts Festival in Rarotonga, where I had been a delegate representing Hawaii as a stone tool maker (Ka Ko'i). This led to being a subcontractor for the Bishop Museum's Native Hawaiian Cultural and Arts Program as a demonstrator, teacher and lecturer. It was in those early days that I began to use my stone tools to get a feel of their ergonomics. From that I became more involved with carving wood than creating stone tools.
These images are examples of my work, please contact me to discuss designing custom pieces.
My panels have been used to create continuous borders that wrap around a room and also have been installed centrally overhead and as individual pieces on walls. They have also be utilized as columns and doors. These examples are Teak, Honduran and Sapele Mahogany.
I began carving my figures in 1992 utilizing native hardwoods, 'Ohi'a, Milo, Kamani and Koa. Subjects are from Polynesian myths and legends. Some of the pieces are tattooed.
Carved bowls are a continuation of a traditional Polynesian art form, using only one piece of wood they are supported by figures. Due to the figures they cannot be done on a lathe! These are completely done by hand.
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