Pūlama i ka Uluwehi ~ Cherish our Beautiful Forests

The interconnected relationships of the upland Hawaii forest is expressed the detailed carving and printing in this woodcut print. This is an unframed triptych, which includes three panels that can be mounted together in a single frame or framed separately.

Number of prints in edition: 95
Dimensions: 34 1/2” high by 56½” wide unframed  (approximately 39 1/4 high x 61 1/2 wide framed)
Date Created: 2023
Technique: Woodcut Print

Panels are also available individually for purchase



The interconnection of life in the upland Maui forest is expressed in the relationship of the birds, plants, trees, snails and butterfly in this woodcut print.

The wao akua, upland mountainous forest, was traditionally a sacred realm visited for ceremonial purposes or for accessing resources, such as bird catchers collecting feathers for the garments of ali`i, members of the royalty.

Hawai`i forests are among the most delicate ecosystems in the world. Because these plants, birds and insects existed on isolated islands, they co-evolved into highly interdependent relationships that were disrupted by the introduction of species once contact from the outside world began. See the `I`iwi bird in the center panel, with its beak perfectly shaped to sip nectar from the ʻŌpelu Lobelia.

This print features two of Mauiʻs most endangered birds, the territorial ʻĀkohekohe with its dramatic crest and the Kiwikiu or Maui parrotbill.  On the right panel, see the Kiwikiu perched on Kanawao ready to slice off the tops of the ripe berries for a delicious meal. Some of the 32 native species in this woodcut print are endemic, found only on Maui, and some are also found  on other Hawaiian islands.  ʻAwa (kava) and ʻŌlena (turmeric) are important plants that were introduced by the early Polynesians who settled on the island. These two plants were often cultivated and tended with care at lower elevations of Hawai`i forests above villages.

It has been a life-changing experience to work on projects in a few of the most pristine Hawai’i forests that have managed to survive only because of intensive management by non-profit organizations and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  In these forests, the synergy generated by infinitely interconnected relationships conveys a sensory hint of wholeness; a gestalt we have lost in our modern world.

Forest species from bottom left clockwise:

Left Panel

Asplenium Contiguum,  Māmaki,  Pulelehua Butterfly,  Ōhā Wai,  Hōʻawa,   ʻAlauahio Honeycreeper bird,  Auriculella Snails,  ʻŌhia Lehua tree,  ʻApapane Honeycreeper bird,  Koa flowers and seed pods, Koa tree,  ʻŌhia Lehua,  Hapuʻu fern, Māmaki,  Kūpaoa,  Moa whisk fern,  Pilo,  ʻŌlapa

Center Panel

Pūkiawe,  Māmake,  Hapuʻu fern,  ʻIliahi – Sandalwood,  Koa tree,  ʻŌhia Lehua tree,  Loulu palm,  ʻAkala raspberry, Wawaeʻiole club moss,  Uluhe fern,  Kanawao,  ʻŌlena turmeric,  ʻAwa,  ʻŌpelu Lobelia,  ʻIʻiwi Honeycreeper bird

Right Panel

ʻAkala raspberry,  Loulu palm,  Koa tree,  ʻĀkohekohe – Crested Honeycreeper bird,   ʻŌhia Lehua,  ʻIliahi – Sandalwood,  Hapuʻu,  Kiwikiu – Honeycreeper bird,  Kanawao,  ʻŌhelo,  ʻŌhelo papa strawberry,  Uluhe fern,  ʻĀlaʻalawai nui peperomia,  Koa seedling

Mahalo nui to the following biologists, forest managers and ethnobotanists for helping me understand the wao akua of Hawai`i:  Kerri Fay, Pat Bily and Gael Kanakaokai with the Nature Conservancy on Maui,  J.B. Friday with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Friends of Hakalau Forest on Hawai`i Island.   

Pulama I Ka Uluwehi Left Green JfPulama I Ka Uluwehi Center Green JfPulama I Ka Uluwehi Right Green Jf

Panel Information:

Center Panel  Dimensions:  34 1/2″ high x 23 1/2″ wide

Price $1,425

Left or Right Panels Dimensions 34 1/2″ high x 16″ wide

Price  $925 each

For panels sold separately, background colors and gradations may vary slightly.  Triptych panels will match in color to create a coherent image.


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