Koki`o ke`oke`o (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 "`Akia"
There are 200 species of hibiscus found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The Hawaiian Islands are home to five endemic species, all of which are considered rare or endangered. Kokio ke‘oke‘o (meaning “kokiʻo that is white like the shine of silver”) has a crimson column of slender stamens and fuzzy, brush-like red stigmas above five white petals. The petals’ texture is softly creped and tinged with pink at the interior. A sweet, subtle perfume emanates from the flowers. Found only in the Wai‘anae and Ko‘olau mountains on the island of O‘ahu, its native mesic and wet forest mountain habitat is increasingly rare.