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Meheanu, original colored pencil and ink on paper by Carol Araki Wyban.
Meheanu the guardian spirit of He'eia fishpond in Kane'ohe Bay on O'ahu island has several forms. When she is home in the fishpond, she is often a mo'o, a giant lizard form and the hau trees are yellow. When the leaves are green, she is a white eel travelling at sea. She can also be a frog.
Dimensions: Framed 30″ x 24″
To learn more about Carol and her artistic process visit her bio page here.
This original is part of the Fishpond Legends:
All fishponds have guardian spirits. They are shape changers that can take multiple forms. They are often mo'o, giant lizards. Mo'o were both benevolent and terrifying. They did not like to see unkindness, greed or haughtiness. There are many kinds of mo'o. Fishpond mo'o were female.