The Honu, Green Sea Turtle, has become a symbol of Hawaii. They nest mostly in protected northern islands of Hawaii but snorklers will often encounter them along the Hawaiian reef searching out lunch or just out for a swim. On land, these adorable creatures look like your everyday sunbather. Plopped contently at the shoreline, not a care in the world, soaking up sun with eyes closed and fins stretched out. In the water, the Honu swim gracefully like an eagle soaring through the sky.
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The Manini, Convict Tang, is one of the most common fish found among the Hawaiian reef. You can spot them right away due to their striped skin and slightly green tone. Another fish known as Mamo looks similar to the Manini, but you can separate the two by the Manini's stripe through its eye. I love watching the little Manini swim along the reef. They are party fish and love to hang out in groups. During the day they have their fun, then at night it is time to stay still and avoid the larger hungry night fish.
The Menpachi, Squirrelfish, is one fish that looks permanently surprised. Being mostly nocturnal, they have big eyes to help them see at night. During the day you can find them tucked away in crevices and darting around in the underwater caves. I, of course, had to exaggerate the Menpachi's eye because it is the first thing I think of upon hearing its name. The Menpachi also has a spikey dorsal fin, giving him a punk rocker look when fully extended. Overall, he's probably the coolest fish in the water!
The Kihikihi, Moorish Idol, is a popular reef fish in Hawaii. They are easily identified by their striking black and white striped attire and accessories of yellow to the nose and backend. Super swift and dexterous, the Kihikihi darts along the coral reef searching for sponges that he an grab from crevices with his pointy nose. He is also one of the more curious fish and will not speed away too quickly when you come snorkeling by.
The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, Hawaiian Triggerfish, has one of the longest names in the Hawaiian language. Translated it loosely means triggerfish with pig snout. They are known as a triggerfish due to their ability to blow water and sand out of their mouths to unearth tasty treats in the sand or within the crevices of the Hawaiian reef. The Humuhumu has become our state fish here in Hawaii, and he is easier to spot than to name. His bright colors will fade when sleeping and when the Humuhumu wishes to be submissive. Otherwise this celebrity fish flashes his colorful garb while holding court among the little fish surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.
These panoramic beachfront paintings are so fun to paint! I get to add all my favorites onto one street including some surfboards and the perfect scenic backdrop for a stroll in paradise. Start at the bakery and get your favorite malasada filled with coconut, strawberry or just plain (my favorite choice). Make sure you look ready for a fun Hawaiian day with a loud floral Aloha shirt and after a little surfing, relax at Duke's for a sunset MaiTai and the fresh catch for dinner. At day's end, settle into your plush pink bed, courtesy of Athens long-standing and iconic Royal Hawaiian. Sounds like a great day!
Orange ToL (Tree of Life) illustration full of birdies, flowers and colorful leaves😊
This is a fun diversion from my painting easel. My love of art began as a child and my first medium was drawing and coloring. So I decided to go back to my art roots and do some butcher paper illustrations in the style that is more evocative of childhood creativity. More to come:)
I love the idea of a little birdhouse full of love with one bird waiting for the other to hurry home. This birdhouse is like a tiny farmhouse with it bright red siding and white moulding. The one yellow bird has been waiting all day for her love to get home. And the other yellow bird has been anxious to get back home to her. There's no place like home!
Kisses make everything better! That's what I say at least... These two Mountain Bluebirds seem to agree with my mantra and are spending a lovely sunny day amongst the sweet pink pinwheels of a plumeria tree. Sending kisses with love and love in the form of kisses!
Look at this sweet face! Golden Retrievers are known for their friendliness, loyalty and enthusiasm. They are always ready to play ball, eat your leftovers when you aren't looking and provide an upturned belly when you need some love and comfort. He's a true pal, more than you could ever ask for.
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.