Thursday, January 3, 2008

Giant Tiki Carving - 9FT Kuka Ilimoku

This is my biggest Tiki that I carved so far...the "Tiki Story" behind it is that the Waikiki zoo was going to cut down a 150-year old tree for safety reason. Usually, trees are cut into pieces and are going to the green waste...thanksfully and its team were able to salvage this beautiful tree and make a magnificent Tiki from it. The tree is from the same family as Monkey Pod but this one was an Air Pod (technical name is Acacia Koa). It took me about 3 weeks to carve it, the Tiki weighed 2000 lbs. The only way to move it was with the use of a fork lift... The Tiki was purchased by the living legend of windsurfing Robby Naish.
The Tiki has a nice home overlooking the Northshore on the island of Maui.

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