‘Anae Pono (Abundance of Mullet)

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Client: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Art-In-Transit Program

Location: Pearl City , HI, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Artist

Donald Lipski

Project Manager

John Grant

Public Art Services

Overview

Artist Donald Lipski created a suspended sculpture entitled ‘Anae Pono (Abundance of Mullet) for the Leeward Community College Station in Pearl City. The star-studded star of mullet fish speak to the history of this place. The historical walled loko i’a (fishponds) of Hawai’i were a stunning technological achievement unmatched throughout Oceania. This sculpture is inspired by the tradition of Maihea, who lived in Waimalu.

He evoked the gods daily for continued prosperity of his cultivated crops. Gods Kāne and Kanaloa came and stood at the top of Hā’upu, a low hill, now the area of Leeward Community College. Looking towards ‘Ewa at the adjacent lowlands and loko i’a, Kāne offered a chant to name and bless the surrounding sustainable resources: “… May the loko i’a down at Waiawa be as the stars in the sky above… The ‘anae are at Kuhialoko…”

Goals

The sculpture is located in the interior station entry, suspended from the lantern structure, making the artwork visible from the interior and exterior of the station as passengers approach the entrance. The work becomes illuminated in the evening as light spills through the star studded fish offered unique daytime and evening viewing experiences.

Process

The fish were sculpted by award-winning fish artist Mike Kirkhart, who Lipski worked with in the past to create both F.I.S.H. on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, and Got Any Jacks? at the Miami International Airport. Additional fabrication and engineering services provided by YetiWeurks. Project Management provided by Public Art Services.