Posted by: preservehawaii | July 12, 2010

Preserve the Environment through Art

Opposite a streambank in Kalihi, Oʻahu, is a 250-foot wall that’s continually tagged by graffiti. Rather than keep repainting it, KAUPA (Kalihi Ahupuaʻa Ulu Pono Ahahui) is launching Public Art Kalihi, a 3-year community-based mural project aimed at creating pockets of community pride within the heart of the valley.

The goal is to visually represent the cultural, environmental, social, and political issues and stories of the community. Local artists Meleanna Meyer, Prime of 808 Urban, Solomon Enos, and Kahi Ching will be assisting on the first mural of many along the stream. The rough vision to depict the area from mountain to sea, with native flora, fauna, and local people. To add your input to the vision, click here to take KAUPA’s quick online survey (and receive a free KAUPA reusable bag!).

To be selected as a Kalihi mural artist, you must be 16-30 years old, with a serious interest in art, developing your talent, and transforming this public space. Submit a 1-page essay (handwritten or typed) about your thoughts and feelings about Kalihi and Kalihi stream. At the top of the page, include your name, age, address, and phone number.

Submit your essay by email to, or postal mail to:

Public Art Kalihi
PO Box 17673
Honolulu, HI 96817

Selected artists will be notified by July 16, 2010, and required to attend workshops on July 17, 24, and 31. Mural painting will begin the first week of August!

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