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`Akia (5 in x 5 in)


oil on linen, 2017
5.5 in x 5.5 in
antique gold brushed floater frame (7 in wide with frame)
shown as a dyptich with "Loulu"

`Akia grows as a small shrub or tree with flowers that are sweetly scented at night. This species which is native to the upper rain forests of both Haleakala and the West Maui mountains has hanging clusters of yellow flowers. Many members of this genus Wikstroemia were used as a narcotic to catch fish. The bark, roots and leaves were pounded and mised with bait and then thrown in the water to feed the fish; upon ingesting, the fish would swim in a "drunken"state which made them easier to scoop up with a net or to spear. The mashed plant parts are also used in Hawaiian spell casting and sorcery.