It's been a while since I painted a Ke Aloha painting, so here are my beloved 'Elepaio. There are a few sub-species of the 'Elepaio and these two are one of the less endangered sub-species called the Volcano 'Elepaio. One awesome characteristic of the 'Elepaio is their upright tail. Sometimes they rest in down, but as they move from tree to tree (preferably Koa), that tail is sticking straight up in the sky!
As part of the Ke Aloha Series, this 'Elepaio painting shows off their love by making a kissy heart. Part of the proceeds of any Ke Aloha painting will be donated to conservation of Hawaii's endemic birds. Sadly, over half of our native birds have already met extinction. Conservation centers on all islands are working hard to support the surviving species and increase their numbers.
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.