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.
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.
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.
Mele Mural unveilings are entirely student lead where the students transition from artists to public speakers, experiences that are a first for many.
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About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.
Update Sept. 11, 2015, Estria Foundation releases video on the mural: