The 2018 Kamehameha Schools e-card and print cards feature the snow-topped peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa as envisioned by KS Kapālama senior Alysia Nakakura. The creation of the print entitled “Home,” was guided by art kumu Vincent Hazen.
“Aloha ‘Āina was the theme for the printmaking assignment,” said Hazen. “It was intended to have students focus on a specific place – their personal wahi pana. Alysiaʻs ‘Home’ is an extraordinary example of this technique. It required a great deal of planning and finesse in its execution.”
Nakakura’s print was inspired by a fishing trip she took with her father over the summer.
“Early in the morning, on a clear and sunny day, we departed from Honokōhau Harbor, which gave us a perfect view of Hualālai and Mauna Loa,” she said. “While we were fishing I would look back at the mountains and the rocky shore, lined with palm trees, as the sunshine glistened on the water’s surface.
“I chose to recreate this moment in particular because I was filled with peace and a deep appreciation for my homeland and my family. I decided to add the Monstera leaves in the foreground because I grew up playing in them in my yard, so they symbolize my childhood and where I come from.”