Baker’s Hours

March 20, 2009

Gallery Feature Friday: Kamehameha Cocoa Painting

kamehamehaplaquewmThis Gallery Feature Friday entry is in honor of the Kamehameha Schools Annual Song Contest which will be held tonight.

Here is one of the few pictures of myself with hair that you will ever find of me on the internet. The cocoa painting is of the famous statue of King Kamehameha (See video of the statue here), and it was painted by a very talented local artist named Momi Ojha. The thing that impresses me most about this painting is the amount of detail se was able to put into the Hawaii state seal in the lower right of the plaque. The detail in the crown alone just blows my mind. Not to mention the fact that you can read the state motto, “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono” (The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness) in the painting.

This is one of five paintings that she did. I gave her the blank Pastillage plaques and two weeks later she brought me back five beautiful cocoa paintings. In this picture, you can see me mounting the plaque onto a pastillage base that I have cocoa painted to look like wood. I then airbrushed the plaque to highlight the painting as well as to give it an antique look. 




  • Composition – Pastillage. The frame is modeling chocolate.
  • Cocoa painting my Momi Ojha
  • Weight – Approximately 3 pounds. 
  • Width – 10 inches
  • Height – 18 inches 
  • Mounting Time – Approximately 4-5 hours spread out over 2 days. 


Song stuck in my head at the time of this post: What the World Needs Now is Love by the Carpenters


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