Local artist to paint 14-story, Hokulea-inspired mural in Aiea

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On Monday, April 10, a local artist embarked on a major, month-long project.

You may have seen Kamea Hadar’s work around town. The Kalani High School graduate is the co-lead director of POW! WOW! Hawaii, the street art festival in Kakaako.

Now Hadar is painting his largest mural to date, on the side of the 14-story Halawa View Apartments building in Aiea.

He told KHON2 he was approached by the building’s owner, so he “went up to the roof, looked out at Pearl Harbor, and just got inspired.”

That inspiration was the voyaging canoe Hokulea. Hadar’s mural will be of the Hawaiian moon goddess, Hina.

“She was said to guide sailors with the moon and the stars when they were out at sea,” Hadar said. “Hina’s going to be on the facade of the building holding up the moon, and hopefully guiding Hokulea home safely in June.”

Weather permitting, Hadar says the mural will be ready in time for Hokulea’s homecoming.

“I hope that it will not only inspire fellow artists, navigators, but also my common man to take care of our earth before it’s too late,” he added.

The project is a perfect fit for Hadar, who worked with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Hokulea prior to the launch of Malama Honua.

In 2014, he painted a mural of Mau Piailug, Hokulea’s first navigator.

He also helped paint Hikianalia’s hale, which helped to reduce glare in addition to its decorative properties, and the underside of Hokulea’s hatch covers “so that way they could take a little piece of art with them around the world.”

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