Wailuku, USA

Jan 28 - Feb 2, 2019

Sea Walls Maui - Mauka to Makai

It was a pleasure to host our first Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans project in our home state of Hawaii.

In traditional Hawaiian culture, land was managed vertically, from mountain to sea, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the islands’ natural resources. The practices of vertical land management and Ahupua’a (watershed) is one filled with ancient wisdom that would greatly benefit the modern world.

For this very reason, we decided to not only focus on ocean-related topics for this project but set a curatorial framework of Mauka to Makai (mountain to sea) in order to address the importance of how our actions upstream have a direct impact on our ocean’s health.



contributed their time and talent to this project



were completed in less than a week



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.

Youth Engagement

With the support of our longtime partners at Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, we engaged students from H.P. Baldwin High School where we painted five of our murals. In addition, we hosted three workshops, inviting students to get more involved in ARTivism. These sessions included an "Introduction to ARTivism", marine debris print-making, a virtual studio visit with artist and marine ecologist Ethan Estess, and more. Throughout the week, students also had the opportunity to contribute to an interactive mural guided by Bow Seat's Executive Director, Alyssa Irizarry.

Waste Reduction Initiatives

Reducing our waste and plastic footprint is extremely important to us. We hope that by leading by example, our ARTivists will feel empowered to lead a less wasteful life. Each artist and core team member received reusable bamboo utensil kits provided by Patagonia and an insulated water bottle by MiiR. We served all lunches in reusable stainless steel lunch boxes by EcoLunchbox, accompanied by stainless steel tumblers. At our headquarters, we strictly separated wasted and composted as much as possible.

Murals (14)

Kaulana Nā Wai ʻEhā (Famous are the four streams)

Native Protector

Matthew Agcolicol

Project Director

Akira Biondo

Project Co-Director

Archie Packard

Project Co-Director

Kai Kaulukukui

Ground Operations Manager

Simon Ormerod

Ground Operations Manager


Ground Operations Manager

Jennifer Hewitt

Production Assistant

Angela Arvai

Production Assistant

Kelsey Herold

Production Assistant & Photographer

Jess Johnston

Videographer & Photographer

Austin Alimbuyguen


Jackie Goring

Volunteer Coordinator