The butterfly sculpture “Wailuku Wings” will be unveiled at Imua Discovery Garden on June 20th – Low Calorie Diets Tips

From his Arizona art studio, Bobby Zokaites is working on his eight-foot butterfly sculpture, which will be on display at the Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku. Photo Courtesy: SMALL TOWN * BIG ART

Bobby Zokaites’ eight-foot-tall public sculpture, Wailuku Wings, created at his Arizona studio with inspiration from the Maui community, will be unveiled June 20 at the Imua Discovery Garden.

The 10:00 am unveiling of the butterfly sculpture will be blessed by Uncle Bill Garcia and dedicated in honor of two children who are no longer with us – Will Smith and Charlie Naylor.

“The Wings project was able to take off thanks to the loving support of her mother, Susan Naylor,” said Dean Wong, executive director of Imua Family Services. “She is reminded that her children were the wings she wore to help children not just here in Maui but around the world.”

The unveiling ceremony also opens the first annual Imua Family Services Butterfly Festival, also on June 20 from 4pm to 7pm.

Zokaites’ butterfly sculpture, Wailuku’s latest public art project, was the result of SMALL TOWN * BIG ART’s 2021 artist call. He was selected by a community jury for his exceptional artistic talent and thoughtful approach in creating a standalone sculpture that promotes inclusion, inspiration and discovery for the children cared for at Imua Family Services and visitors to the Imua Discovery Garden inspired by the former Yokouchi estate. 2471 W. Hauptstr. in Wailuku.


Zokaiten worked on the steel framed sculpture with colorful polyurethane cladding for four months. It was shipped in pieces by the Matson shipping company from Tempe, AZ to Wailuku; and will be installed this week with the help of local artist Michael Takemoto.


For the project, Zokaites said his studio conducted research on Imua, the mechanics of butterfly wings, species native to Hawaii, and the monkeypod trees at the Imua Discovery Garden.

“Did you know that butterflies have four times the wing surface area of ​​other insects of the same weight?” he said in a press release. “This helps create the signature ‘flutter’ that Dean described and is an incredible ability to watch in slow motion.

“There’s a moment just before takeoff when the wing flexes and the body contracts… it’s the attitude of preparation, anticipation and flight. The composition of the sculpture is based on this attitude.”


Wong said, “Regardless of our age, it’s never too late for us to change and reach our full potential. That’s the idea we want to inspire in our visitors to Imua Discovery Garden and Bobby’s amazing sculpture will help us achieve that.”

Per SMALL TOWN * BIG ART’s public art making process, Zokaites worked with local community members to create a draft of his sculpture for review. These included trips to Wailuku with Wong, the Maui Historical Society’s Sissy Lake farm, Maui Public Art Corps’ Kelly McHugh-White, Maui County’s Erin Wade, Hawaii Land Trust’s Scott Fisher, and Mauna Kahālāwai’s Kim Thayer. He also conducted online consultations with Jeremy Frank, Manager of the Bishops Museum Entomological Collections, and Mike Nahoʻopiʻi, Master of Lauhala Weaving, who also serves as Executive Director of the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission.

Artist Bobby Zokaites found inspiration for his Wailuku Wings sculpture on Maui excursions in the great outdoors. Photo Courtesy: SMALL TOWN * BIG ART

“I hope that articulating the voice and vision of the Imua communities in a sculptural aesthetic that is bold, colorful, and enduring delivers an iconic visual statement of vibrancy, imagination, and connection,” said Zokaites. “It is an integral part of my practice that my work connects people in new ways with each other and with their community, creating new and lasting experiences.”

With Lake-Farm’s guidance, Zokaites selected the following ōlelo noʻeau to further root his piece in relation to place: I mohala no ka Lehua i ke keʻekeʻehi ʻia e ka ua. Translation: Lehua flowers unfold because the rain treads on them. It is the rain that produces the Lehua flowers. So soft words produce much that is desired.

The Butterfly Festival also marks the start of Imua Discovery Garden’s opening hours to allow the public to view the sculpture and enjoy the garden. While the property is still under development, visitors are welcome Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 4pm for street parking only. Closed for public holidays and special events.

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