Kamanuʻailehua


Kamanuʻailehua refers to the native birds who drink the nectar of the ʻōhiʻa lehua blossom and is part of the name given to my son at birth. This name carries special meaning in our ʻohana as it appears multiple times in our moʻokūauhau (genealogy) and was intended to bridge the gap between generations. 

Some of the birds depicted are now extinct, but I feel it is our kuleana to intertwine them into this design so that we can learn from the past and change our actions in order to help shape the future our keiki will be living in. Birds depicted: ʻiʻiwi, mamo, ʻapapane, ʻakiapōlāʻau, ʻōʻō. These birds and many other animals heavily rely on a balanced ecosystem, with the nectar of lehua blossoms in particular.

We have also created a print in collaboration with The Keiki Dept that can be found in their Kākoʻo Collection.