FIRST PHOTO: Makawao sculptor Tim Garcia carves a representational form of a hula dancer from the tall stump of an Italian cypress tree Wednesday afternoon in front of the Tedeschi Winery tasting room in Ulupalakua. The circle of trees was planted in the 1870s and was known as the "Hula Ring" where Hawaii King David Kalakaua would sit and watch hula dancers perform. The stumps are being transformed after a pair fell in strong wind last month and rot was discovered.
SECOND PHOTO: The loss of the two trees and decision to cut the rest for safety reasons saddened winery staff, but "after the initial shock, we realized this loss could evolve into something meaningful and lasting," said Paula Hegele, winery president. Garcia's vision is to capture the movement, grace and beauty of hula in carvings of the tree stumps.
THIRD PHOTO: The unpainted fence in the background was made from cypress planks milled from the tree trunks at the ranch.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo