1-3 illustrations (b/w or color) that depicts our deep aloha & affection for one of our co-directors. The herculean role she plays in uplifting our org & network of community stewards does not go unnoticed. However, she is rarely photographed and her work, too, is often described as the *unseen magic* that inspires positive change in everyone. This isn't a portrait, but rather a creative, abstract, metaphorical illo that will be used as a thank you to her.
We would like to honor this hero of ours, but without a good photo, this illustration may be used in some of our broader communications with our networks via email, or website (blog, founders page) and possibly social media.
KUA is an innovative, community-based initiative for protecting, restoring and caring for Hawaii. Our unique native species, ecosystems and island way of life in Hawaii are deeply interconnected, and are at the heart of what makes these islands "home." We believe large-scale change happens only when connected, caring communities of people move together. Together with our partners, KUA is growing a grassroots, islands-wide movement for nature, people, culture and justice.
KUA means back, or backbone. Together, we are building a "backbone organization" that supports creative and collective community-based solutions to problems stemming from environmental degradation in Hawaii. When communities can come together, we can tackle increasingly complex problems, support each other, and leverage more resources for our work.
I have nothing but great things to say about RJ - mahalo nui for taking on this project! The project was a deeply meaningful one for the staff. We were looking at a way to capture the change in our orgranization?s leadership in a visual way. We had just one discussion and a few emails providing visual inspiration and cultural background, and RJ was able to pull together all the strands of ideas, emotions, and intentions into a perfect illustration. The final project really impressed me. He pushed for excellence and exceeded expectations, incorporating a number of meaningful motifs we discussed. The image shows ties to the landscapes found in our KUA networks, the folks who steward ??ina (lands), our coastlines, practitioners, gatherers and fishers; as well as the motifs of change, transition, and leadership. Celebrating this transition with dignity and grace is as much for us as it is for our co-director, Miwa. Thank you, RJ, for capturing the essence of a very powerful and important force of our organization! And many thanks to you for your deep listening in our conversations and trusting your own na?au in the creation of such a beautiful piece.
(No testimonial has been submitted by RJ Joey)