"The Gateway to the North Shore, "The Place of Noise", "Wahiawa, Historic Plantation Town," whatever you call Wahiawa, this town in the center of O‘ahu has an interesting and storied history. This print was originally designed for Surfing the Nations founder, Tom Bauer for the non-profit's 10 year anniversary in Wahiawa and Tom's 70th Birthday. Keep reading below for inspiration and Mo‘olelo behind the piece.
Nick's Commentary: "I was stoked to create this print for an area that’s achieved such transformation in the last decade. Central O‘ahu is home to the Kukaniloko birth stones, a sacred site for Hawaiians and a place where Ali‘i were born. In contrast, downtown Wahiawa has had a history in more recent times of strip clubs and other venues that exploit women. Over the past ten years Wahiawa has experienced quite a rebirth thanks to the work of Surfing the Nations. You can see a subtle hint to the Kukaniloko stones at the bottom of the piece. The open maile lei suggests a Hapai women symbolizing fertility and growth. The Waianae range in the background with Mt. Ka‘ala is a welcome sight for Wahiawa residents as well as those passing through on their way to the North Shore. The piece features yellows and greens to recognize the history of the pineapple plantations and colors of the local high school, Leilehua."
ABOUT THE PRINT
Print is sized at 12"x18" and is beautifully full color offset press printed on heavyweight smooth stock. Print is custom designed by artist Nick Kuchar and ships in a protected mailing tube via USPS mail.