Mele Murals artists recognized

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County councilmembers pose for a photo with Kanu o ka Aina students. Front row from left, Stephen Pagano, Kahua Badua-Fernandez, Zachary Carvalho, Kayla Furtado. Second row from left with Kanu instructor Kanoa Castro, council aide Donni Sheather, Ka’ihikapu Maiku’i, Councilwoman Margaret Wille, Johnna Marsh, Pualelia Dudoit, Malie Sarsona, Keliko Hurley, Auli’i Mahuna. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MARGARET WILLE)

What started out as the senior project of Kanu o ka ‘Aina student Makana Mahina, has become an islandwide mission in support of a public art movement for youth. On Aug. 6, Councilmember Margaret Wille sponsored a Certificate of Recognition presentation before the County Council for students who assisted in the production of the Waimea Mele Murals.

The 12 students in attendance here as well as Kanu instructor Kanoa Castro and legislative aide Donni Sheather, sang several mele and described the contents of the three Waimea murals located on the walls of the Kahilu theatre. All together, 47 students received certificates of recognition for their participation in this project.

The subjects of the three Waimea murals include first the connection between the people and Waimea’s pu’u and watershed; the second showcases Waimea’s fierce rains, its streams, and the love story of Manaua; and the third represents the intra-connectedness of all of the Hawaii Island Districts.