I LOVE how this painting came out! Kahili Ginger is a beautiful plant that grows in Hawaii, but with its beauty it also has lots of power. The root that we are familiar with is very aggressive and the plant will choke its neighbors to get more space. Not the nicest of plants, but it's flowers sure are pretty. My little 'I'iwi friends are swaying back and forth with the ginger in the wind. And every so often, their beaks meet in a heart kiss:)
My Ke Aloha Series involves native Hawaiian birds creating a heart with a kiss. The 'I'iwi has become something of a mascot for Hawaiian birds with its bright colors, goofy long hook-beak and quick hummingbird-like movements. I donate a percentage of my profits from each Ke Aloha painting to aid in the conservation of Hawaii's native birds.
To learn more, check out:
Audobon Hawaii -
American Bird Conservancy (Hawaii page) - http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/oceansandislands/hawaii/index.html
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.