‘O’opu Nakea, giclee print by Carol Araki Wyban.
ʻOʻopu Nakea is one type of goby. They are an animal form associated with the Volcano Goddess Pele and some fear eating it. There are legends and rituals relating to ‘oʻopu. It is highly prized with delicate white meat. People were quiet about catching this fish. If they were approached while they were cleaning it, there would be no acknowledgement or nod to the other person, for to do so would bring an obligation to share.
Dimensions: Print 14″ x 11″; Framed 14.5″ x 11.5″
This giclee print is part of the collection of Fish Common to Lokoea:
All fishponds have a complex ecosystem. These are just a few of the fish grown in Lokoea. We ate heartily of all the fish, crab, and shrimp, except for ʻoʻopu, which are sacred to Volcano goddess Pele.
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