Julie saw the dance of life in the ti plant and it resulted in more than 30 monotypes reflecting its beauty. The ti plant, a member of the lily family, is considered sacred in Hawaii. In old Hawaii, it was also an emblem of high rank and divine power. Julie fell in love with its beautiful foliage. It was the first plant to grace the yard of her new Maui home and she brought it to Washington when she moved. Early Hawaiians made rain capes and sandals from ti leaves; roofs were thatched with them; a brew was made from their roots; wet leaves were wrapped around children to reduce their fever. Today, as then, its leaves are used in food preparation and serving, to decorate luau tables, and is planted around the house for spiritual reasons.

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