Since moving back to the Big Island in 1983, I found inspiration for my art in recording the renewal of the Hawaiian culture and of the people who have dedicated their lives to make that happen. My first viewing of Kahiko dancing was at the craters edge of Kilauea when I watched the incredible Halau O Ke Kuhi perform. I swear that the halau looked as if it had been pulled up out of the very rock of the volcano. From that moment on I have painted Hawaiians and their culture. Though it sometimes looks like I am depicting the past, I am really recording the present for future generations so they will not forget the people who saved their culture.