More About the Project
Before the artists got started at their walls in Wailuku, we had the pleasure of venturing out on a series of field trips to get our team immersed in the unique environments Maui boasts.
We visited the storied Iao Valley to interact with the very water that flows to the sea right right downstream from Wailuku town, learned from Uncle Duke about the revitalization of lo’i kalo (taro patches) at Ka’ehu Bay, visited one of Coral Reef Alliance’s stream gulch restoration sites, and set sail on a whale watching cruise with our partners at Pacific Whale Foundation. To close off the weekend, our group was treated to a mouthwatering farm-to-table meal at Monkeypod Kitchen where we fueled ourselves for a busy week ahead.
On Monday morning, two Kahus performed a traditional Hawaiian blessing of the project. – An incredibly emotional experience! Reinvigorated by these events, our ARTivists kicked off paint week. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for most of the week, and we were faced with periodical downpours of tropical rain, but the artists soldiered through, rain or shine, and all murals were completed within six days.