Kaimuki High School unveils 200-foot outdoor cultural mural

In partnership with the Estria Foundation, Kaimuki High School unveiled its own Mele Mural Friday.

A total of 184 students worked on the art project since the beginning of the school year.

The project engaged Kaimuki High students in a variety of learning activities that are drawn from ancestral knowledge, culture and values being promoted by the Hokulea's Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

The unifying element of the mural's design is water coupled with the traditional and geographical significance of Kaimuki.

Mele Murals is a youth development, arts education, cultural preservation, and community-building project. Over a five-year period, starting in late 2013, local artists, youth, and other members of communities spanning the eight major islands of Hawaii are creating a series of large-scale outdoor murals focusing on Hawaiian lyrics (mele) that explore mo`olelo `aina (stories of place) and cultural and historical heritage.

The five-year endeavor was launched by the Estria Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives for social change through the creation of public art.

For more information about the murals, visit www.melemurals.org.

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