Laniwahine, original watercolor, color pencil and ink on paper by Carol Araki Wyban.
Laniwahine is the guardian spirit of Lokoea fishpond in Haleʻiwa on the island of Oʻahu. Laniwahine is famous in Hawaiian traditions and appears in stories and the name chant of Kamehameha V. She often appears as a woman or a terrifying mo’o, a giant lizard and other forms. In olden days, many worshipped her as an ancestral guardian and never failed to recognize her deeds.
Lokoea fishpond is where the artist lived and worked growing and selling fish.
Dimensions: Framed 16″ x 13″
This watercolor is part of the Fishpond Legends:
All fishponds have guardian spirits. They are shape changers that can take multiple forms. They are often moʻo, giant lizards. Moʻo were both benevolent and terrifying. They did not like to see unkindness, greed or haughtiness. There are many kinds of moʻo. Fishpond moʻo were female.
To learn more about Carol and her artistic process visit her bio page here.