What?!? Well, they’re copper whales being sculpted by artist Sooriya Kumar with the help of thousands of people, young and old, from around the world. The idea is to bring awareness to protecting these gentle giants who live in the oceans that connect all the continents of the globe. The sea and land together hold all of the world’s inhabitants… ideally in peace. So we’ll all “bump” copper and celebrate our togetherness in The Koholā Ola Peace Project.
Please come to Mouna Farm & Cultural Arts Village in Waianae help us to pound the copper for the 40-foot-long mother whale and her 25-foot-long baby whale. Listen to blessings and oli (chanting), watch hula dancing by Nā Hula Ola Aloha, and participate in joyous community dancing and yoga.
Walk among the dozens of fruit tree varieties, down the rows of organic vegetables, and past the various sacred spots, such the Bodhi tree grown from a slip of the original Bodhi tree in India under which the Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment.
The entire construction process of creating the whales for world peace will become part of a documentary film by Matthew Nagato and Alexander Bocchieri. People from Still & Moving Center and its sister company Prometheus Construction are being specially invited to participate in early stages of the whale pounding, to be included in the filming.
Please bring your whole family, keiki to kupuna, and join us afterward for a vegetarian potluck dinner with the dish of your choice.
The mother and baby whale sculptures will eventually find their way onto the new Community Center building going up in Nanakuli on the Waianae coast. In the future, our children and our children’s children can always visit the whales for peace and know that they or their kupuna took part in their creation.