2018 Merrie Monarch Poster
A lehua tree covered with birds.
This image created by artist Nelson Makua for the 2018 Merrie Monarch Festival celebrates the ‘ōhi‘a lehua. It was inspired by the ‘ōlelo noe‘au - He kumu lehua muimui i ka manu, which translates to, “A lehua tree covered with birds.” This is a poetic reference to someone so attractive as to have many suitors, and it also speaks of the importance of the ‘ōhi‘a lehua in the forest. Depicted here is the beautiful Lehua surrounded by the ‘I‘iwi birds symbolizing the intertwining relationship between the ‘ōhi‘a lehua and the ‘I‘iwi.
‘Öhi‘a trees make up the largest portion of the canopy in native forests. They provide shelter and food for numerous native birds, including endemic Hawaiian honeycreepers such as the ‘apapane and ‘i‘iwi.
This limited edition art print poster, is printed on UV coated 100# paper. Posters are personally signed by the artist Nelson Makua. (Size: 12" x 36") # MMPOL-18