'Iliki' Spirit of Aloha by © Karin  Taylor

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‘Iliki’ Spirit of Aloha is a mixed media production on canvas textured paper using ink, pastel, acrylic and charcoal.

My darling ‘Illiki’ was inspired by James Michener’s novel ‘Hawaii’ and the beautiful young hawaiian girl who is one of the charming characters early on in the story.

I was completely swept away during the reading of this incredible novel, highly recommended reading :D

I think that the song Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole really relates to the story …. as his melancholy voice is so melodically accompanied by the ukelele….. it reminds me of the story of Iliki the young hawaiian girl, who leaves her island when still very young…. forever she haunted the mind of the young minister missionary who tended her and taught her in his first days on the island, he forever wondered how she was faring in the civilised world, having been taken away on a ship by the white men. He felt a certain special kind of fatherly love for this girl, and it tore his heart that she was so clever and cottoned on so well to the new english language, and customs he would teach her, as well as the scriptures…but she was a wild thing, and never one to be ‘pigeon-holed’ or contained… he set her free and never saw her again. Here are the lyrics to Israel’s version of the song, i feel that is how the young missionary felt, even as he grew old on the island of Hawaiia, waiting hoping wondering with every ship that pulled in, whether the young girl Iliki would be aboard and he would welcome her return, sadly that day never came tho:


Ooooo oooooo ohoohohoo
Ooooo ohooohoo oooohoo
Ooooo ohoohooo oohoooo
Oohooo oohoooho ooooho
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Once in a lullaby ii ii iii
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
And the dreams that you dreamed of
Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney tops thats where you’ll find me oh
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
And the dream that you dare to,why, oh why can’t I? i iiii

Well I see trees of green and
Red roses too,
I’ll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Well I see skies of blue and I see clouds of white
And the brightness of day
I like the dark and I think to myself
What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, I…I love you
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more
Than we’ll know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world (w)oohoorld

Someday I’ll wish upon a star,
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top that’s where you’ll find me
Oh, Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
And the dream that you dare to, why, oh why can’t I? I hiii ?

Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo
Ooooo oooooo oooooo

Copyright Notice
All rights reserved © Karin Taylor 1965 – 2013*
Contact email karinlouisetaylor@gmail.com*
These images are the exclusive property of myself, Karin Taylor and are protected under the Australian and International Copyright laws. These images must not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of myself, Karin Taylor.

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  • missmilly
    missmillyabout 7 years ago

    Another beautiful goddess! Love the greens in this! Milly

  • Thanx Milly! :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 7 years ago

    she is just devine, way to go

  • thanx Jenny :D glad you like Illiki :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Siamesecat
    Siamesecatabout 7 years ago

    She is so pretty all your art is pretty love it…

  • thanx SC :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Lee Grissett
    Lee Grissettabout 7 years ago

    beautiful colors!

  • thank you very much Lee :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • kipishiux
    kipishiuxabout 7 years ago


  • ta mate :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Beo Lo
    Beo Loabout 7 years ago

    great work

  • Clark Takashima
    Clark Takashimaabout 7 years ago

    Karin, Your works are all soo complete! color, comp., movement,all thoughtfully manifested in attractive pieces! cool keep up the good work ! Mahalo for the compliments! Clark T

  • Hey Clark,
    Thanks for these lovely thoughtful comments on ‘Illiki Spirit of Aloha’
    You made my day…I am in awe of your amazing work.
    Cheers, K

    – © Karin Taylor

  • artsthrufotos
    artsthrufotosabout 7 years ago

    my goodnes, what beautiful work! the colors and definitive lines. so enjoyable to look at!

  • thank you so much for that lovely compliment!
    I do appreciate it very very much :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • artsthrufotos
    artsthrufotosabout 7 years ago

    you are very deserving—your art is amazing!

  • :D

    – © Karin Taylor

  • lurline
    lurlineabout 7 years ago

    Amazing colour and great art work! :)

  • thanks very much lurline for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment on my work :D

    – © Karin Taylor

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