I think it's official: 'I'iwi are my favorite Hawaiian birds to paint in the Ke Aloha Series. (Although I do adore the tiny heart that the Palila pair makes!) It might be because they are similar to hummingbirds, so their bodies and beaks are just perfect for the heart shape.
So just like the native Hawaiian birds, there are native Hawaiian plants that are in need of conservation. The Hawaiian lobeliads are some of the most amazing plants with striking colors and a variety of flower shapes including tubular and what I call the curly-Q. My little 'I'iwi couple are nestled in a stem of Lobelia Grayana known as Haleakala Lobelia. There is so much love in the air, it's making the flowers curl up in delight:)
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Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.