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Sometimes Calley’s work takes her off-island, and this is her latest completed project, A Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Art in Public Places Stained Glass Mosaic Mural at Pukalani Elementary School on Maui.

 It is titled NA WAO A’O PI’ILANI – The Life Giving Forests of Maui.  Ancient Hawaiian wisdom states, “Hahai no ka ua i ka ulula’au. – The rain follows after the forest.  

Destroy the forest, the rains will cease, and the land will become a desert.  With over 97% of Maui’s original dryland forests already history, the beautiful island of Maui is well on its way to becoming a desert.  Depicted in the mural is the message that “Water is Life” with the triangles and surrounding pattern showing the water cycle.  Lilinoi, the goddess of the fine mists and of Haleakala, also beautifully depicted in the mural, instructs her listening students that the water does not come from the clouds; it comes from the trees, who gather the clouds, to water the land.

Assisted by over 300 people, the mural was a two-year project, and notably included about 185 Pukalani students, mostly 4th graders who crafted the ‘lei of aloha’ border surrounding the mural.  For more information and many more photos, visit Calley’s website.



About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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