Basically it means that no matter who you are, we will welcome you into our homes, businesses, lives & treat you as more than an equal. We'll treat you like one of our own, welcome you with open arms & call you 'Braddah', ''Sista', 'Auntie' or 'Uncle'.
It means we are continuing the traditions passed down from our ohana with each generation, of welcoming friends both old & new. It is, to me, what I would like my life to be. When I am gone & someone asks my children what kind of person I was, aside from smiling & wryly telling them I was randomly "Mawsome" (a title bestowed upon my by The Squab), I'd like them to say that in my home Aloha was spoken.
So, this piece is an 11 x 14 canvas colored with water color pencils in shades that remind me of the ocean (I was actually trying for turquoise, but couldn't get it to come out the way I wanted). The lettering is from magazine articles about Idaho & (mostly) Hawaii, stained with a caramel alcohol ink. The state of Idaho & the plumeria are water color pencil on scrapbook paper. I titled it "Wherever I go..." because as I stated before, that's the kind of people I made this for. Wherever they go, they bring their Aloha with them to share.
If you're in the Boise area, stop by Kana Girl's Hawai'ian BBQ. Sit, eat, talk story & don't forget to tell them I sent you.