PUHI — Poised atop the hemisphere in a forward motion with a foot raised, “Holomua” represents student progress and improvement on a world which awaits them.
That’s the interpretation of the piece by the artist, Kazu Kauinana, who forged the 11-foot cast bronze sculpture dedicated at Kauai Community College on Wednesday.
“Every public art commission is a huge personal, educational, and professional growth experience for me,” Kauinana said. “I am very honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to create this special piece.”
The commissioned Holomua project cost came in at $190,000. The student lanai, located in the shadow of Holomua, cost $90,000.
“Kauai Community College is right at the center of creative thought on the island,” said Jonathan Johnson, executive director of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. “We are so happy with the sculpture and believe it will be thought-provoking for both the students and the public.”