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The first Royale Map of the Hawaiian islands was drawn in 2018.
My love for volcanic islands was the motor that drove me to explore this beautiful Pacific archipelago and create a map of the Hawaiian islands.
The making of the map of Hawaii was a steppingstone for Royalemaps and a compass pointing to the direction in which I wanted to take my business.
I immersed myself in the culture, geology and natural world of Hawaii and allowed myself to illustrate this map freely. The result was unexpected, even to me.
Nature spontaneously came forward for the first time in this map. Yes, the Map of Florida already paid tribute to nature, but the map of Hawaii took Royale Maps to another level.
I took the first map of Hawaii out of print after partnering up with the Hawaii Wildlife Fund.
It was Hannah, director of the NGO, who asked me if I would consider removing the nicknames of the Islands.
Hawaii attracts 10 million visitors a year and for most of them pronouncing the correct Hawaiian name of every island is a bit of a mouthful…
I had never really given it a second thought until Hannah told me that nicknaming the islands wasn’t necessarily endorsed, especially calling Kaho’olawe the Target Island as it is not bombed anymore and in recovery for spiritual and cultural renewal.
Big Island, which is widely accepted and used to refer to Hawai’i, actually has another name used by practitioners: Keawe.
So even Big Island is no longer considered appropriate by most practitioners in print.
I didn’t need much convincing, I draw maps to highlight local culture, fauna and flora, so it was obvious that the nicknames had to go.
And with this was born the second edition of the Map of Hawaii. Nickname free.