Laka + Limu Kala + Pepeiao Akua Wooden Keychain

Laka + Limu Kala + Pepeiao Akua Wooden Keychain

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Laka + Limu Kala + Pepeiao Akua (3x3”)

Limu Kala (Sargassum echinocarpum) + Pepeiao Akua (Auricularia auricula)

Lama - In Kuahu practice, Lama is the physical manifestation (kinolau) of Laka. Laka is the goddess of the forest, hula and inspiration, she inspires creativity, in hula and is the transpiration of the forest.

Kala - The word Kala means to loosen, unite, free, release, remove, unburden, absolve, let go, acquit, take off, undo; to proclaim, announce; to forgive, pardon, excuse; to substitute for; counter-sorcery or sorcerer, proclamation, announcer; prayer to free one from any evil influence; to practice counter-sorcery. In hula Kuahu practice, limu (seaweed) Kala typically would not be placed / offered to Laka. Through the Tiny Kuahu Series platform, I chose to use Kala as an offering to invoke the intensions and function defined by its name sake.

Pepeiao means; ear, to hear; valve of heart; the first shoots of a vegetable; to send forth a shoot. In hula Kuahu practice, Pepeiao Akua would never be used as an offering, much like the Limu Kala. Through the Tiny Kuahu Series platform, I chose this particular fungus because of the function of fungi, which is to live by decomposing and absorbing the organic material in which they grow. Decomposing all facets and factors in ones life that is rotting from the inside out.