look closely and see the Aliʻi, in the bottom left. i was impressed that the ti plant up-staged him, not a small dfeat, but afterall, this is an impressive ti plant! He contemplates many things as he stands in the mist of the wqaterfall.  The Hawaiians considered the ti plant the sacred symbol of the god Lono and was an emblem of divine power. The green leaves, which are called la'i, were used in rituals of cleansing and rendering free of evil spirits by the kahuna pule heiau, the temple priests, and in rituals of healing by the kahuna lapa'au, the medical experts. Ti leaves were used to oki, to cut and to release, whatever bound spirits to this world, to allow them to go on to their proper place. Modern-day kahuna, priests, still wear a lei of two ti leaves tied together at the back of the neck or carry a single leaf, almost as an emblem of their profession or rank. See the very demure Ali’I at the foot of the falls, he is great, yet the ti is in the foreground. He contemplates the great beauty of his lands.

 

Ali'i Ti

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