Wai Hookahe Sound Icon

38” x 46 5/8” x 46 5/8”
Foam, epoxy, plastic tubing and pump, water, wood, gravel
Wai Hookahe is a functioning fountain: water flows down the mountain into a pool depicting sugar cane and pineapple plants and inspired by Hawaiian quilt motifs. This seemingly tranquil fountain alludes to contentious issues of water rights. In the late 1800s, counter to the Hawaiian principles of land use based on ahupua‘a, ditches and reservoirs were built to divert water far from its natural course for the irrigation of pineapple and water-hungry sugar cane crops. Since then, small subsistence farmers, large agricultural industries and residential developments have fought over Hawai‘i’s water rights.
Wai Hookahe