Loulu (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"
Pritchardia or “loulu” are single trunked palm trees which grow from 25 to 60 feet tall. They have varying fan-shaped leaves. The size and color of the fruit also varies by species. They are most common in native mesic to wet forest up to 1220 m. In Hawaiian culture, loulu were used medicinally and were erected to signify a temporary, special temple--heiau loulu--where gods of fishing were seasonally propitiated. One of the most elegant fans known from the Hawaiian Islands is thought to have been made partly from the loulu palm fronds.