Formed and fabricated weathering steel, stainless steel, and bronze
43’9” h x 13’ diam
University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii
The unique design for Makali’i stemmed from traditional and historic Hawaiian structures that symbolize important events like harvests, ceremonial gatherings, fishing and burial sites to create a sense of place and identity. It incorporates various cultural references to capture the character and unique qualities of Hawaiian culture and its people. The predominant vertical element represents a seagoing canoe, while the stylized stainless steel forms closest to the sky projects celestial images, representative of traditional Polynesian navigation and the various mythologies associated with that experience. Makali'i is installed at the main campus entrance to the University of Hawaii at Hilo.