Pele Chasing Waka, original colored pencil and ink on pastel paper by Carol Araki Wyban.
Volcano Goddess Pele in a jealous rage chased Waka into the cool waters of Lokowaka fishpond in Keaukaha, Hilo. Within the pond, Waka transformed into a giant moʻo lizard and thus escaped Pele’s wrath.
Dimensions: Framed 13″ x 16″
This original artwork 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.
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