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‘Ola I Lokahi’ unveiled in Kaanapali

Sculpture graces public walking trail

Artist Tim Garcia said he created “Ola I Lokahi,” carved from Kershaw pink granite, as a beacon of hope and love for each other and the land.

A sculpture by artist Tim Garcia, titled “Ola I Lokahi,” was unveiled March 4 along the public walking trail connecting Kaanapali North Beach resorts. Garcia created the work for Honua Kai Resort and Luana Gardens. Carved from Kershaw pink granite, Garcia said he created it as a beacon of hope and love for each other and the land.

“The form combines the beautiful curved lower portion that I took from the shape of the poi pounder, ku’i ai pohaku,” said Garcia in a written statement. “I find strength in this and the valleys above us once again producing kalo.”

From the lower portion, two arms reach to the sky in praise of the land from mauka to makai, calling us all to come together to gather in love, to care and protect each other, according to Garcia.

The hole through the piece is the piko or Hawaiian place for being centered.

“We are all born of love, we are all connected, one earth, one people, and our responsibility is to take care of all and to leave a legacy of love, kindness and respect for the land and each other,” said Garcia. “I hope this work will play a small part in inspiring all that visit and touch this pohaku.”

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