"He wa’a he moku, he moku he wa’a."
TRANSLATION:  The canoe is our island, and the island is our canoe.
MEANING:  There are finite resources aboard a canoe, an island, and on our island Earth. 
We must work together to conserve and share all that nature provides for us.

The Rama Tree is dedicated to the protection of endangered species and their habitats, the climate, traditional indigenous wisdom, and the preservation of half the Earth and half the ocean for the rest of life through education, expanding awareness and igniting positive actions through the integration of public art and ecology. Through the collaboration of a team of conservation minded artists and individuals, we are creating the interspecies Rama Exhibition and other ecological art exhibitions, public art projects, classes and events to educate, inspire and activate people about the essential need to protect the natural world.

E OLA KA HONUA, O WAU KA HONUA is an exterior mural measuring 12’ by 300’ adjacent to the new TSA building at THE ELLISON ONIZUKA KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT KEAHOLE.  The Malama ‘Aina (take care of the land) mural will impact over 3 million visitors each year as they encounter the mural on their way to their gates.  Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, this mural will be installed in early 2020. In a powerful mural, there will be a buildup of layers detailing the beauty and abundance of how the land was, can, and musst be again.  The first few layers will include:
  • Kupuna portraits in stained glass mosaic in monumental scale
  • .Background skies with sacred mountains and trees mineral painted in silhouette
  • Olelo no’eau (Hawaiian proverbs) hand lettered in 100-year mineral paint
In addition to the HSFCA funding, E OLA KA HONUA COMMUNITY MURAL ALLIANCE has been formed as a part of The Rama Tree to raise additional funds necessary for the second stage of the mural.  At this time, more elements will be added in stained glass, including natural elements, symbolic animals, plants, trees, and beloved Aumakua.

Also included in second stage will be a documentary film, two short films, a phone audio visual guide and app, a VR walking tour of the mural and the kupuna (wise elders), a book, coloring book, posters, prints, cards, and other products will be produced to extend the reach of the Hawaiian ancestral knowledge within the mural.
The Rama Tree will create related exhibitions, murals, projects, events, and educational activities to foster growing ecological literacy, positive action to care for and restore nature, and our harmonious relationships with each other.
These activities will directly support the charitable purpose of The Rama Tree, to create more awareness, understanding, and everyday actions to restore healthy biodiversity and climate.
These activities will be conducted through the volunteer efforts of the officers, directors, artists, and interested community volunteers as well as through the salaried core staff.
The Rama Tree intends to finance its charitable work through the procurement of gifts, grants, and contributions, and estimates the percentage of revenue from grants and donations will exceed 90%.

THE RAMA EXHIBITION:  AN EPIC JOURNEY OF ART AND SOUL FOR THE EARTH: The Rama Tree is creating the multi-sensory Rama Exhibition by combining paintings of vanishing species with an immersive soundtrack of birds, animals and their habitats and indigenous ones most closely connected to the that eco-region,
The Rama Exhibition fuses the work of Rama the Elephant who painted the backgrounds with keeper Jeb Barsh, conservation artist, Calley O’Neill, with collaboration by seamstress and fabric artist, Julia Fairchild.
The Rama Exhibition has developed a five-fold action plan as the basis for education and action.  It moves from the personal through the planetary.

The collaborative works and educational soundtracks will be shared widely on the internet and ultimately can be utilized in school classrooms and community educational programs.