For today's painting, I decided to bring the Mamo back to life! The Mamo was an endemic Hawaiian bird that sadly became extinct over 100 years ago. In Hawaii, a lot of the endemic birds have become extinct or are critically endangered due to urban development, habitat destruction and invasive species.
I was just watching a birder documentary on HBO, and similar to all nature documentaries, there's always a final message about humanity's destruction of nature and the innocent animal victims that we leave in our wake. I don't really want to dwell on that aspect so much, but it is happening every day.
put to death. By the late 1800's, only a few remained, regardless of attempts to conserve the population and by 1899, the Mamo was considered extinct. Unfortunately, the Mamo did not survive but I like to imagine that this Mamo is enjoying a daytime snack of lehua blossom nectar, without a care in the world. He is surrounded by bright colors and fresh foliage. I can see him doing a little mambo dip (in his case, the "b" is silent) :)
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.