Kanu o ka ʻĀina – February 2014, Waimea, Hawai’i Island

On February 24, 2014, Mele Murals launched the first stand alone mural with Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School in Waimea on Hawai’i Island – a Hawaiian-focused charter school, who is committed is to perpetuating Hawaii’s native language, culture and traditions in grades K-12.

Oahu based muralists Estria Miyashiro and John Prime Hina guided the students through the process. The youth were involved in every step of the mural-making process, from securing a wall, collaborating with musicians, building the theme with community leaders and cultural practitioners on how mele relates to place, design relevance and creative creation. The mural concluded with a community unveiling celebration on March 6, 2014.

We would like to thank our sponsors of the Hawai‘i State Legislature Grant in Aid, Montana Cans and Art Alternatives.

The entire Mele Murals process was documented through photography, film, social media, and published materials.  Partners involved with this project included ʻŌiwi TV and award winning documentarian Tad Nakamura.

Cultural resources that came to share their mana’o included Pua Case, Kalani Flores, Emma Case, Diana Larose, Pomai Bertelmann, Keali’i Bertelmann, Chadd Paishon, Ku’ulei Keakealani and Kumu Kanoa Castro.

Community partners included Kahilu TheatrePacific Islanders in CommunicationKamuela Ace Hardware and Crafts, na ohana and the community of Waimea!


Mele Used:

  • “Mālana” by Queen Emma
  • “Nā Pu‘u Kaulana o Waimea” by Emalani Case
  • “Hole Waimea” by unknown

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