Mele Murals Summer Program

“He Aliʻi Ka ʻĀina, He Kauwā Ke Kanaka”. When translated into English it means, the land is the chief; man is its servant. As we focus on our summer theme of Ahupuaʻa, we learn the responsibility and privilege it is to be stewards of the land. If ʻāina (land) is honored and stewarded well, it can provide abundantly for itʻs people. The health of the ʻāina is dependent on what we do as kanaka to mālama and nurture it with the understanding that ʻāina and kai are connected and what happens to one, will affect the other. Our program is to help the keiki gain a clear understanding of their kuleana (responsibility and privilege) as kauwā to the land that gives us so much. One of the skills that we hope to instill is the practice of daily kilo (observation). It will help them observe the well being of the land, streams, ocean and their environment as an entity in hopes that they can learn to identify a healthy and unhealthy ecosystem. By participating in weekly huakaʻi (field trips), they will have opportunities to mālama ʻāina and engage with community members/environmentalists. On the huakaʻi, they will intentionally take time to meditate on ideas for the mural and together we build the concept and sketches of the mural using the inspired ideas of the keiki. With each art lesson carefully created to enrich their experience with different art materials, the keiki are guaranteed to create unique works of art.

Registration is now open!  We are accepting applications for our Mele Murals Summer Program. 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.  Lunch WILL BE PROVIDED on non-huakaʻi days. Students will be responsible for bringing drinking water in a reusable water bottle and lunch on huakaʻi days (once a week).

For more information, please email [email protected].

Program Locations: Kūhiō Elementary School
                                   Mountain View Elementary School

Program Dates: June 12th – July 12th, 2024

Program Hours: 08:00 am – 02:00 pm


Program Locations:  Kāneʻohe Elementary School

Program Dates: June 12th – July 12th, 2024

Program Hours: 08:00 am – 03:00 pm

Registration Dates: now until April 29th, 2024 or until all program seats are full. Space is limited and is on a first come first serve basis.

Click Here to Apply/Register your child!

*If you have multiple children you want to register, you must fill out the Registration Link for each child separately.

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