Designed by Kumu Hula Sonny Ching who is well-versed in cultural protocol and traditional chants and dances. His mission is to perpetuate, preserve and live the values and traditions of Hawaii. He created this series of three pe'ahi (fans) to honor great Hawaiian women from three different time periods. Each in an individual frame.
To Honor Emma Kaleleonalani Na'ea Rooke - queen consort to King Kamehameha IV from 1856 to his death in 1863. Emma was both Hawaiian and Euro-American in her habits and spoke both Hawaiian and British English (with a perfect accent) fluently. She was a skilled equestrian as well as a vocalist, pianist and dancer.
In 1862 her four year old son, Prince Albert, died. (Princeville is named after him). The following year her husband passed away. It was her people rallying behind her that brought her out of a deep depression.
Her exceeding kindness and benevolence, with her role as the protector of the people's welfare, made her much beloved by the people.
The major element of this piece is its woven hala-like texture. Hala is the tree which provides the leaves (lauhala) for weaving. Dedicated to this selfless queen, this piece represents determination, overcoming, resilience, strength, dignity, elegance and compassion.
Set of Three - $4950
Handmade 925 Silver
Fan 6.5"H x 6.9"W
Frame - 14"H x 12.5"W x 1.5"D