Hawksbill Honu ʻEa

The ‘Ea is the name of the Hawaiian Hawksbill Sea Turtle. It is sometimes called Honu ‘Ea although Honu is actually the name of the more abundant Green Sea turtle. The ‘Ea is a rare species with a bill shaped like a hawk’s beak that it uses for foraging. Its main food source are sponges which are actually animals as compared to Algae (plants) that are the main food source of the Honu. The meat of the ʻea was said to be toxic due to its diet of sponges. The Shell of the ʻEa has more pointed edges and scute sections than other turtles and was highly prized in old Hawaii for making tools and decorative ornaments. As it gets older, the points of its shell become smoother resembling other species of sea turtle. One main difference in the facial plates of the ʻEa is that there are four plates between its eyes as compared to just two plates on the Honu.

 

MATTED PRINTS

The mat is the decorative border on the outside of the actual print. Matted prints are measured by outside matte dimensions available in 8"x10", 11"x14", and 16"x20" - fitting standard sized frames.

 

FULL-SIZE PRINTS

Full-size prints extend to the full dimensions of 8”x10”, 11x14” or 16”x20” (or equivalent square inches in the case of narrow artwork). There is no mat border, so the picture itself is larger than a matted print.

 

Matted and Full-Size prints come in clear protective sleeves with foam core backings.

 

GICLÉE

Giclée, pronounced zhee-klay, is a French word meaning “fine spray”. Giclée are the finest quality reproductions printed on canvas then varnished with a durable protective coating. They can be stretched and framed like an original painting, and need no glass covering. Mine are sent rolled and ready for framing.

 

You may inquire about gallery wrap giclée, which add an extra 1-5/8" all around with the image mirrored edge. Gallery wrap giclée cos