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Ho'okipa

by Melanie Pruitt

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Art: Ho'okipa by Artist Melanie Pruitt
Featuring bright tropical colors, this original watercolor painting is titled "Ho'okipa" which means hospitality in Hawaiian.

Pineapples have long been the emblem of welcome and hospitality. "In colonial America, hostesses would set a fresh pineapple in the center of their dining table when visitors joined their families in their homes. Visiting was the primary means of entertainment and cultural exchange, so the concept of hospitality was a central element in colonial life. The pineapple, then, symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to her guests, and then often it also served as the dessert for the meal. If the visitors spent the night, they would be given a bedroom with a bed in which pineapples had been carved on either the bedposts or the headboard -- even if that was the master bedroom."

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