This is the first of the series, where the fishes come from the Wao Akua the height of the mountains. This original trip-tech is installed at the Kaiser Moanalua hospital, on the island of O'ahu. These panels tell a story of culture and water evolution. Fresh water cascades down from the mountains, it is here where the O'opu (island shrimp) originates. From here the fresh water mingeles with the salty sea. In Hawaiian we say 'Wai,' meaning fresh water, and 'Kai' meaning salty. They mingle to become brackish where both fishes and seaweed can live in both.. We see in this artwork how fishes and Hawaiians adapt to their envirement. This is called "Palaka."
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