Akua ("caring for the realm of the gods") is
an annual conservation-themed art show focusing on
species native to Maui
Nui. This year's 10th annual exhibition took
place at Viewpoints
Gallery in Makawao and was aesthetically
tight, informative, and the complimentary wine was
flowing (a trait absent from most art openings in
Seattle these days). Good job, event coordinator Allison
Borrell! As fun as the art show and adjacent
block party were, things didn't really get kooky
until the after hours gathering up the hill.
Sometimes the funnest things can't be planned, as
with the evolution of this 6-foot-tall traffic cone.
First we hung it from a chain used to weigh
helicopter sling loads. The heavy duty spring scale
gave it some bounce but what it really needed was a
swivel. Ask and you shall receive. Once that was put
into play this spinning swing extended
the party by several hours. True to form, I
was among the last three standing at four in the
morning. We finally, grudgingly called it quits and
sacked out on the cold concrete floor of the barn.
Cold? On Maui? Yeah, once you get upcountry.