This small sculptural tree is found along the shoreline of Hawai’i. The beautiful botanical display of the tender new flower buds progressing to their final form as seed pods is featured in this woodcut print. The small green buds emerging at the top grow into graceful points with a hint of yellow. The yellow blooms transform into orange tinged with crimson hues before they drop to the ground. Then the fruit develops into pumpkin shaped seed pods. Since the early Polynesian voyagers carried milo in their canoes to Hawai’i, the wood has been valued because it makes beautiful and functional umeke- food bowls. In ancient times a wood bowl that does not change the taste of food was an essential household item. Milo is still a favorite wood of island artisans.
Image size 13″ x 12.5 Edition size 32
Milo is a companion print that was created to display beautifully with ‘Akulikuli and Kahakai~ Earth to Sky.