Koali`awa (20 in x 24 in)
oil on canvas, 2015
20 in x 24 in
framed (white floater frame)
shown with original oils on canvas St. John's Hibiscus and Pa`ū O Hi`iaka
Koali`awa is a coastal morning glory indigenous to the Hawaiian Islands. The flower is typically blue to purple and rarely white. Hawaiians used parts of koali`awa medicinally for treating wounds, broken bones and as a cathartic. In ancient times, all parts could be used as a purgative the juice of roots, leaves, stem and flowers were used as a laxative and along with a kī (ti, Cordyline fruticosa) leaf could be used to protect the skin.