Hau’ula Fire Station
Ka Leo O Ke Kai (The voice of the sea)
This installation of aluminum and glass is inspired by the abundance and resilience of the community of Hau’ula, HI. Located in the northeast corner of Oahu, Hau’ula is blessed with bountiful rain and ocean life; recognized as an important breadbasket from ancient times and held as a royal ahupua’a; and today is resilient and tight-knit community that is celebrating its history and heritage.
The designs for the artwork were developed from a series of brush and ink paintings, which were eventually translated into kiln-fired cast glass and laser cut aluminum. The triptych of glass mosaics feature images of figures that are both modern and ancient, interacting with the surrounding land and ocean. A series of laser cut aluminum panels depict the leaves and fruit of the ‘ulu tree, framing the mosaics and casting shadows on the wall.
This project involved many members of the Hau’ula community who contributed greatly to the development of the artwork as well as the successful installation. Thank you especially to Dotty Kelly-Paddock and MaryAnne Long.