Original Woodblock Print -Edition of 50
Framed – 28″ h x 23.5″ w
Available unframed for $700
The Hawaiian Honeybee Series woodcut prints were commissioned by Big Island Bees to share the story of their relationship with honeybees in producing exquisite honeys from the nectar of three of Hawaii island’s most nectar-rich trees. The team at Big Island Bees carefully tends to about 2,500 hives, transporting them during the various flowering seasons to the ‘ohi’a forest, macadamia orchards and wilelaiki thickets to gather the nectar that is transformed in the hive into their signature honeys.
In this image the ‘i’iwi bird, a Hawaiian honeycreeper, and honeybees gather nectar from the brushy lehua flower of the ‘ohi’a tree. Lehua honey, a favorite with Hawaii residents, is beautiful creamy white with a delicate flavor that crystallizes into a solid form.
Historically the o’hi’a is Hawaii’s most abundant endemic tree, found in many ecosystems, and is essential to the well-being and integrity of native forest ecosystems. ‘Ohia are polymorphic. They grow in a variety of forms and ecosystems, and they exhibit great genetic diversity. The flowers range from orange, yellow, pink and red. Recently ‘ohi’a on the island of Hawaii have been infected by a fast-spreading fungus that has already caused thousands of acres of this precious tree to wilt and die suddenly. Their genetic diversity seems to give some trees immunity to the fungus.
This image depicts the full range of development of the lehua flower bud, blossom, the seed capsule dispersing the tiny seeds in the wind and the dried empty seed capsule. The female worker bees are shown flying to the flowers and then leaving after gathering nectar, with a full load of pollen attached to their legs, returning to the hive to deposit these goodies.