Evanston Tiki


Called "'Ohana," the tiki wears the helmet of a Hawaiian
high chief (Ali’i)
and represents the spirit of sportsmanship.
(photo courtesy of wildlife photographer Jerry Goldner)




A message from Keoni:

A big mahalo (thank you) to the people of Evanston for showing me so much Aloha.

I named the Evanston tiki "Ohana,"
which means family (and community) in Hawaiian, and is a reminder that no one should be forgotten or left behind.

I hope you will visit Ohana at the Evanston Ecology Center
* 2024 McCormick Blvd.
* (847) 864-5181

Aloha and Mahalo, Keoni

Inspiration: The original sculpture was found in a cave
on Kaua’i, circa 1850. Keoni carved the one on the right, similar in design to the Evanston tiki, from a coconut tree for the Kaua'i Marriott.

To pay tribute to the residents of Evanston and the city’s commitment to health and well-being, Keoni incorporated the city's logo, shown below, into the Evanston tiki.



About the sculpture:
  • Took a month to complete
  • Carved from White Oak, the Illinois state tree, with Stihl chainsaws and hand chisels
  • Made from a 107-year-old recycled tree that once overlooked the Council Ring planted by Jens Jensen at the Evanston Art Center
  • Approximately 9 feet tall and 1000 pounds
  • Gift to the City of Evanston, presented Sept. 12, 2009 at a tiki blessing and dedication at the Dawes Park Lagoon, 'Ohana's birthplace

Please check out our photo album to see 'Ohana come to life.