CARTOGRAPHER'S NOTESISLAND OF MAUI by Artist / Cartographer Blaise Domino
ISLAND OF MAUI is the second in my series of historical maps of Hawai'i...the time frame is that of Capt. James Cook'srediscovery of the Hawaiian Islands...to include more Hawaiian culture and legends, as well as environmental issues; witnessthe heiau, petroglyphs, endangered plants, animals, and ecosystem changes. I have approachedmy subject matter with respect, love, and responsibility. However, due to the lack of a writtenHawaiian language, definitive answers were difficult to acquire. Traditionally, information waspassed on through song (mele), dance (hula), and story (mo'olelo). Also, there are conflictingreports by those who did leave written records. While my research was extensive, I am by nomeans an authority on history or Hawaiian culture. In the end, the artist must intuit what toemphasize and hope that his artistry will create the perfect marriage between style and content.I consider this piece art first and historical map second. I hope that the following will enrichyour enjoyment of ISLAND OF MAUI.