This 2019 Holiday discover
Sabado Studio Gallery & Boutique
Beautiful Wailea Maui at the NEW Wailea Village 100 Wailea Iki Rd.
(take the 3rd. left from Monkeypod or going Mauka ( Toward the mountains) take the first right at Manolos
Artist Philip Sabado has been influenced by many European artists that were well known in the early 1900s, amongst them is Alphonse Mucha
from Prague. His fame was rooted in the Art-Nouveaux tradition
that heralded the romantic era. We see how the artists have centered the
Goddess as a statement of her influence and love for
Sabado has masterfully woven the shapes and imprints of the
birds into the reflection of a golden moon.. not a silver moon?
The gold was chosen as a nouveau statement and to exemplify
her being a Goddess. Look above her hands to see the shape of the canoe encases her form and at her feet are the Koa leaves. It is the pecking of the birds on the koi tree that will determine if
that wood or tree is worthy of creating a canoe, by the
pecking of the Elepaio. Only the Elepaio bird will reveal this.
Her stance is strong and she is focused on her people and
Lea-ka-wahine: Another name for Lea
Ku-moku-hali'i: "Ku who bedecks the island"; canoe builders chief god; husband of Lea; also Mokuhali'i
In early Hawaiian society, there was always
the Kalai wa‘a (canoe carver). This kahuna held the knowledge of the
complex plans for building a canoe. With this information,
plentiful amounts of fish could be carried as a warring
army to battle.
Kamehameha I is said to have relied on nearly a hundred
kahuna Kalai wa‘a in the building of his massive Peleleu
(double-hulled war canoe) the fleet that assisted in his
plan to unify the Hawaiian Islands.
These kahunas knew the forests well and used clues
from nature in selecting the right tree for a canoe.
One such sign was the ‘elepaio, a bird that would alight
on all-koa trees but peck only on those that were
not sound. One traditional Hawaiian mo‘olelo speaks of the
canoe goddess Lea who at the death of her favored child buries him. From that spot arose the ‘Elepaio' (bird) that
would assist all canoe builders to come.
Our Wailuku location is:
1980 Main St #1 Wailuku, Maui 808-242-6762
Children's & Adult art classes
& artist seminars, life drawing every Thursday
6-9 pm, live model for the drawing session.
NEW classes IPAD Pro! Register now:
Artist Philip Sabado resides and paints
on the island of Maui.
"On every creative project, I strive to create a body of work that is beautiful and connects
with the Hawaiian Spirit"