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A tiki takes shape in Kula

Tuifio Felemi applies stain to a tiki, or Hawaiian ki’i, he is creating for Kula’s Lee and Mardi Youngflesh. Felemi said he has been working on carving and shaping the piece, which is about 20 feet tall, for a month. He said the tiki conveys “love and family, the strength to protect that family.” “I’d like to do some more big ones,” Felemi said. This photo was taken Feb. 20.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

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