Mele Murals Spring Program
“Pupuhi kukui – malino ke kai”. Its direct translation is “spewed kukui nuts – calm sea”. To calm the water and to see more clearly, fishermen shewed kukui nuts and spewed them into the ocean. As we focus our spring 2024 program on the theme of kukui, this ‘ōlelo noʻeau stands as a reminder that light and knowledge is power. It has the power to calm the sea to help us see clearly in achieving our desired outcomes. At Mele Murals, we highlight the importance of knowing one’s kulaiwi (homeland), lāhui (culture), kūʻauhau (genealogy), and developing different mākau (skills). Knowing these things, clears a path to discovering one’s identity and kuleana (responsibility/privilege). The people that recognize their kuleana illuminate a path, as a lamakū (large kukui torch) does for itʻs people.
This program is designed to engage keiki in a culture-focused arts curriculum perpetuating Hawaiian culture. Students will strengthen their sense of belonging by connecting to Hawai‘i. We will explore her rich culture and uncover the beauty of this place we call home by learning mele (poetry) written mostly in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i (native tongue), rooted in wahi pana (legendary place). We will hear from special guest speakers, make crafts, and practice mindfulness.
Registration is now open! We are accepting applications for our Mele Murals Spring Program. Any keiki who attend Mountain View Elementary School during the year please register through them!! This Art and Hawaiian Culture program is available for in-person learning for students grades 3rd – 5th. All art supplies, huaka’i (field trips), Mele Murals program tshirt, and daily snacks will be provided. Students must bring daily home lunch and drinking water in a reusable water bottle.
For more information, please email [email protected]
Program Dates: October 18th – 22nd, 2024
Program Hours: 08:00 am – 02:00 pm
Program Locations: Kāneʻohe Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Registration Dates: now until February 26th, 2024 or until all program seats are full. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.
*If you have multiple children you want to register, you must fill out the Registration Link for each child separately.