The Hawaiian legend of Pele and Poliʻahu is a story of fire and ice, where the two goddesses collide. The University of San Francisco’s Hui o Hawaiʻi chose this theme for their 44th annual luaʻu. In the final design, Poliʻahu — the goddess of Mauna Kea and snow — is depicted in the foreground on her way to Kilauea, home of Pele.
This bright color palette was chosen to create a striking contrast between “fire” and “ice”.
SPRAY PAINT EXPLORATION
Throughout the duration of this project, I was extremely homesick and in desperate need to get out of a “creative funk”. I started experimenting with spray paint to let go of my desire for perfection. I wanted to make something quick and imperfect, so I cut up a box that my mom sent me and just starting playing.
I later touched up my spray paint stencils in Photoshop and used it for the illustration of the final design.
For most of the flora illustrations, I started with basic colored paper and a good pair of scissors (which was later scanned and retouched in Photoshop). At the time, I was in such a creative rut that I wanted to force myself to do as much as I can without the comfort of computer.
11” x 17”
All photos were provided by Hui o Hawai’i board members.
Designed heat transfer tank tops as souvenirs for 50+ lua’u dancers. Photo courtesy of Derrick Leung.
Photos from the event taken by the University of San Francisco’s Student Leadership Engagement.