In the community of Anahola is a school named Kanuikapono Charter School. An inspiring group of teachers and students who are immersed in the Hawaiian culture and sustaining the foundation of the Hawaiian society. Recently the school had a ceremony to dedicate a mural that was a labor of love as a collaboration between artists and students.

The mural is the result of a project which started on April 20 and culminates at its grand unveiling ceremony on May Day, May the 1st.

“It wasn’t about just painting something,” said Estria Miyashiro, the lead artist on the project and a part of Mele Mural. “The students had to meditate and think about what they were going to be doing. This tree, as an example, is three different trees, which over the years has come together as one.

It is said the roots of this tree leads to the core of the Earth. The students meditated under the shade of this tree at a "heiau.”

The mural project combines elements of learning, a sense of place, pride, and exploration.

“The mural project is broken down into parts,” Spencer, who along with other Kanuikapono students form the mural committee, said. “One section is devoted to alii — Prince Kuhio, Princess Kaiulani, and Prince Humehume, — another is ‘Aloha Aina,’ where one can recognize familiar landmarks of Anahola, and the third section is devoted to ‘Forgiveness and New Beginnings.’ You see where the lava meets the ocean? That represents new beginning.

Read the full article published in The Garden Island newspaper by Dennis Fujimoto