The Moʻolelo Behind the First-Ever Kukuiʻula Mural

This summer, local artist and south shore Kauaʻi resident Shianne Schorr and our Members will be hard at work painting a beautiful mural that depicts integral elements of our Kukuiʻula sense of place.

The two-part mural is anchored by “The Royals,” beloved Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi and Queen Emma Rooke. Prince Kūhiō, born at Hōʻai on the east end of Kukuiʻula near our Kaulu neighborhood, stands on the left of the mural holding a bowl of light, representative of our place name – Kukuiʻula. It is also symbolic of Hawaiian Aliʻi, or chiefs, and it is said that the aliʻi were a beacon of hope and inspiration; their knowledge and wisdom, a light for their people.

On the right end of the mural, signifying the west side of Kukuiʻula, stands Queen Emalani (as she was affectionately known), who once walked the bluffs of our Kula Makai neighborhood. White spider lilies and bougainvillea surround her, a reminder of the plants she sowed during her time here, which are still sprawling along the cliffsides of Lāwaʻi Kai and at the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Kukui plant motifs embrace the mural and feed the fire that once guided fishermen and wayfinding voyagers safely home into the shores of Kukuiʻula. Resting honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), ānuenue (rainbow), and a kōhola (Humpback whale) tail showcase some of the most memorable things frequently spotted on Kauaʻi’s south shore.

The mural will be located at The Club at Kukuiʻula’s new Bike Hale, in the lower parking lot near the golf cart path.