Jul 172015
 

The mural was completed in seven days by haumāna (students) of the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program, Ka Huliau, and Nā Pua Noʻeau summer programs at UH Hilo.

By Susan Enright.

The Hina Wall of the the new Mele Mural at UH Hilo. Hina holds a white flame.

The Hina Wall of the the new Mele Mural at UH Hilo. Photos and captions provided by the  Estria Foundation and the UH Hilo Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center. Click to enlarge.

The Kumulipo Wall spells out the word Kumulipo in large narrow upright letters in pastels.

Docent Jake explains the Kumulipo Wall at the unveiling of the new Mele Mural at UH Hilo. “Kumulipo” is spelled out in large, narrow letters placed on eight pillars. Click to enlarge.

The second Mele Mural at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo was unveiled at the Hale Ikena  residence hall on July 15.  Mele Murals is a five-year, statewide youth project that started in late 2013, where local artists, youth, and other members of communities spanning the eight major islands of Hawaiʻi are creating a series of large-scale outdoor murals focusing on Hawaiian lyrics and mele (song) that explore moʻolelo ʻaina (stories of place) and cultural and historical heritage.

The first Mele Mural at UH Hilo was completed in March.

Group of students from the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program. stand for photo at unveiling.

Students from the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program, who did much of the artwork on the Mele Mural, gather for the unveiling. Click to enlarge.

The mural done this week  is the first Mele Mural in the state to have 11 walls incorporated into a single mural project. It was completed in seven days by haumāna (students) of the Kupa ʻĀina Summer Bridge Program (assisting recent Hawaiʻi Island high school graduates entering UH Hilo this fall), Ka Huliau (assisting students transferring from community colleges into UH Hilo), and Nā Pua Noʻeau summer programs at UH Hilo.

The founder and creative director of the statewide Mele Mural project, Estria Miyashiro, along with his team, led both projects at UH Hilo.

The murals at UH Hilo are sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the Ho‘okahua Project, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, University Housing, and the Estria Foundation.

The Mele Murals are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Unveiling

Mele Mural unveilings are entirely student lead where the students transition from artists to public speakers, experiences that are a first for many.

Photos, click to enlarge:

Ipu Kukui Wall (left).

Ipu Kukui Wall (left).

 

View of three walls.

View of three walls.

 

Waiānuenue Wall with waterfall.

Waiānuenue Wall.

 

Aloha Wall with ALOHA spelled our in colorful wide letters.

Aloha Wall.

 

Detail of a wall with planets and constellations.

Detail of a wall.

 

Eye of Kāne Wall with hawk and fireball above it's wings. Image of an eye is embedded within the fireball.

Detail of Eye of Kāne Wall.

 

Detail of wall.

Detail of a wall with windows above.

 

Hāloa Wall with kalo plant coming forth from a human baby embedded in the ground below. The plant is growing at the top of a snow covered mountain. Greens, browns, purples. Sky is blue and white.

Hāloa Wall.

 

Detail of Hōkuleʻa Wall with large hand launching forth the canoe into the ocean.

Detail of Hōkuleʻa Wall.

 

Kanaloa Wall features sea creatures.

The Kanaloa Wall fronts the Hale Ikena offices.

 

Owl in flight against black background.

Detail of Pueo on the Pō wall.

 

Pillars detailed with scales separate each of the sections.

Pillars detailed with scales separate each of the sections.

 

 

About the author of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist in the Office of the Chancellor. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

Photos and captions provided by the Estria Foundation and UH Hilo Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

-UH Hilo Stories. 

Update Sept. 11, 2015, Estria Foundation releases video on the mural: