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.