“Maui Releasing the Sun” statue by Shige Yamada at the Kahului Airport in Maui

Maui Releasing the Sun statue by Shige Yamada at the Kahului Airport in Maui

Shige Yamada – “Maui Releasing the Sun”, 1992 (Cast Bronze)

Shige Yamada was born in Wailuku, Maui in 1933. In this work of art depicting a moment of triumph, the stylized figure represents man while the sun symbolizes life and knowledge. The demigod Maui captures the sun at the summit of Haleakala. After receiving a promise from the sun to traverse the sky more slowly for the benefit of mankind, Maui releases his captive. This Polynesian myth may be interpreted as an attempt by man to exercise mastery over his destiny.

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