Folau Tupou was born and raised on the North shore of Oahu. He learned the art of tiki carving from his Uncle Lavaka, a wood carver and canoe builder famous throughout Hawaii and the South Pacific. At the age of 15, he began carving and studying extensively the history of the Hawaiian gods, especially spiritual ones. He was taught to respect the different woods in doing his carvings. Folau’s carvings are in public and private collections worldwide and when his son becomes 10 years old, he will also teach him the art of tiki carving.
Maui Hands Galleries – Panna Speas Cappelli, owner
84 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI 96779
Phone: (808) 573-2021 (Business Office)
(808) 572-2008 (Paia Gallery)