Another piece to last a lifetime

FIRST PHOTO: Fiber artist Mika McCann of Kula starts on piece number 26,422 while taking part in Na Kupuna O Maui’s event honoring King Kamehameha I on Wednesday afternoon under the Banyan Tree in Lahaina. McCann was born in Tokyo and was trained in formal Japanese flower arranging before shifting her focus to fiber art 34 years ago.

SECOND PHOTO: After making several hundred sculptures out of natural materials she gathers herself, she began numbering them. The one-of-a-kind sculptures range in price from $40 to $6,000. She said her work appears in six museums worldwide in permanent collections, and she has sold nearly every one of the pieces she has made. But she does keep a couple she made 30 years ago to show customers how fine the nondyed, all-natural fibers stand the test of time. “I want people to enjoy my pieces for a lifetime,” McCann said.