Naupaka Giclée

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"Naupaka Reunited" watercolor and pastel by Kauai artist, Joanna Carolan. Limited edition giclee comes in double white mat. The naupaka plant is unique in that each blossom resembles half a flower. One variety of naupaka grows only near the beach; the other grows only in the mountains. Ancient Hawaiian legends tell that the beach naupaka and the mountain naupaka began to bloom in half flowers when two young lovers were separated. Some versions of this tale say the lovers were separated because the girl was a princess and the boy a commoner and Hawaiian custom would not allow them to marry. Another version tells that the volcano goddess Pele separated the lovers in a jealous rage. Legend states that when the two blossoms are joined together the lovers will be reunited.