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Friday, May 29, 2009

Mamalahoe Kanawai...




Koa and I looked at a little sculpture depicting the two fisherman and child who were chased by Kamehameha and who ended up defending themselves by cracking Kamehameha over the head with a canoe paddle, splintering the paddle, when Kamehameha's foot got stuck in a lava crevice. Later Kamehameha became King and had the opportunity to slay the two men brought before him at a later time. But he pardoned them and declared the "Law of the Splintered Paddle" which gave old men, women and children the right to go about their business unmolested and unharmed. Lest the perpetrator be punished with death. This is a nice depiction of that mo'olelo. Makes me want to go get a slab of clay and start sculpting. The problem is that my mind's eye can envision masterpieces but my hands currently make human anatomy look more like disfigured disproportionate blobs of barely recognizable human-like form...

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