NOTES ON UNTITLED (Glare of Naupaka leaf sea wedges)


Naupaka, which is a leafy colored bush found by the sea in Hawaii, is said to have a half leaf because lovers quarreled and tore the flower in half.  The Hawaiian gods decreed that the couple would remain separated while the man sought for an intact Naupaka.  But no such version exists.  So underlying the phenomenon of figures juggling in the heat waves of the sand (similar to camels whose silhouettes are rapidly distorted in the head waves of the desert) is the sadness of summer ending, even on an always-summer beach, and newly married lovers having their first quarrels, which can be randomly observed from the Tropics Bar on Waikiki, which looks over the beach walk.